When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly, -- as that a sentence must never end with a particle, -- and perceive how implicitly even the learned obey it, I think -- Any fool can make a rule And every fool will mind it. Henry David ThoreauThat's wonderful. Not as well known as Churchill's smackdown;
Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.Any native speaker of English immediately feels the grotesque awkwardness of that. It's English, but it ain't good English. So many of the rules of "proper" English taught in school are nothing but the rules of good Latin and Greek that were imported and applied witlessly by lexicographers who were awed and enamored of the classical tongues of the educated.
Which, of course, is as clever as applying the rules of chess and bridge to football.
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