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Saving Our Prepositions - A Guide For The Perplexed

 
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Imagine someone saying to you "I am so bored of the novel I am reading." Do you feel, with a kind of jolt, that the preposition "of is out of place, and that it would be better and more idiomatic English to say "bored by" (or "bored with") instead? Do you sometimes wonder which preposition to use—should it be "centered around" or "centered on'? Do we "protest about or (against) an injustice, or omit the preposition altogether? Where variants exist, are they equally acceptable, or are some preferable to others, some to be avoided?

These are the kind of questions raised in Saving Our Prepositions: A Guide For The Perplexed. It highlights the growing awareness that, to quote one authority, there is "an epidemic of prepositional anarchy around." The two main causes of this widespread epidemic are uncertainty about standard usage and, less forgrvably, indifference to its dictates.

The book sets out to remedy a deficiency of many dictionaries by drawing attention to this long-standing problem and by providing instructive help in the art of using prepositions idiomatically.  And, yes, go ahead and end a sentence with a preposition if you like.  Shakespeare did.

Both informative and entertaining, Saving Our Prepositions will be of interest to all who value the English language and want to use it clearly and effectively.



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