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Pegs to Hang Ideas On

Never a rule, ending with prepositions


Recently Merriam-Webster declared that English sentences may end with prepositions – a bit redundant since, there was never an actual rule against ending sentences with prepositions but, much has been made of this declaration in recent days.

A preposition is a word that creates a relationship between other words. It’s been said that prepositions often deal with space and time. For example, the prepositions “above,” “by,” and “over” all say something about a position in space for example: The picture is above the fireplace; The nightstand is by the bed. And the prepositions “before,” “after,” and “since” all say something about time: We went for a walk before dinner; We had dessert after dinner.

As examples that this is not a new habit of English speakers and writers:

“We are such stuff / As dreams are made on.” — William Shakespeare

“Houses are built to live in, not to look on.” — Francis Bacon

“… soil good to be born on, good to live on, good to die for and to be buried in.” — James Russell Lowell

“All words are pegs to hang ideas on.” — Henry Ward Beecher

Then there is the prisoner who asks a female guard to marry him on the condition that she help him escape. This is a man attempting to use a proposition to end a sentence with.

So here are some stories you can expect in this edition of Desert Exposure:

Kite Picnic in Glenwood starts up.

Delicious Dutch oven mixes found within.

Cloudcroft lodge new chef inside.

Area community arts happen near.

Hikers Gila trails draw in.

Tapestry of Talent creations found models amid.

Pearlman more words beside.

Toxins in water, don’t draw from

Apparently, I am not terribly good at this preposition thing, there are a lot of problems with which I’m dealing with. But with this I don’t really know where I am going to. You can find me in the clouds somewhere among. But here I stand my soapbox on. I don’t even know what I am discoursing for!