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ABOUT THAT GNARLY SENTENCE

FIRST: There is no such word as “irregardless.”  Arrghh! It’s like fingernails scratching on a blackboard. The word is “regardless.”

SECOND: The words “there’s a lot of them” is so 1999. Since “them” is a plural noun, the predicate (or verb) should be “there ARE a lot of them.”

Ignorance can be cured. Laziness and carelessness are part of the problem.  You know better but you just don’t bother to form the sentence properly because you feel the listener or reader will know what you meant.

That’s not that point. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong. And you are what you write!

THIRD: The preposition “at” placed at the end of a sentence is a big no-no. It’s not necessary and tells the listener that your basic English skills lack a degree of sophistication and intelligence.

There are exceptions to the prepositional rule. Winston Churchill once pointed to the absurdity of avoiding prepositions at the end of a sentence by saying “A preposition is a word up with which I will not put.” It’s awkward. You may use prepositions such as “with,” “around,” “in,” and “over” because they are considered necessary prepositional endings.

Winston Churchill in Downing Street giving his...

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