Re: Prepositions without end

Subject: Re: Prepositions without end
From: John Gough <john -at- ROCKY -dot- ATRIUM -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 4 May 1994 14:51:15 CDT

Point taken (it's a direct relative of the referencing problem
in philosophy, which distinguishes a word's mention (reference)
from its referent), but the longest fun string of prepositions
I've seen is a complaint from a small child at bedtime:

"Daddy, what did you bring that book I don't like
to be read to out of down for?
-- --- -- ---- ---

> Quiz. Can you think of a sentence that ends in two prepositions? Three?
> How many prepositions *could* you have at the end of a sentence?

> ** An infinite number.

> Who was that lady I saw you with?
> Who was that gentleman I saw the lady I saw you with with?
> Who was that lady I saw the gentleman I saw the lady I saw you with with
> with?
> ... ad infinitum.

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