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    • Sample Handmade Responses to Hale’s Sin and Syntax, Chapter 6, Prepositions with corresponding citations from the chapterAngelo State UniversityEnglish 4361: English GrammarDr. Laurence MusgroveDepartment of English and Modern LanguagesJanuary 31, 2013 www.theillustratedprofessor.com @lemusgro
    • “The most frequent prepositional sin is to replace one good, terse word witha stack of prepositional phrases… Anytime you can replace a cluster of wordswith one elegant one, do it” (104).
    • “Have you ever counted the number of ways windy writers and speakersavoid the direct verb now?” (104).
    • “To test whether a word is a preposition, try putting it in front of the words‘the log’” (99).
    • “The most common prepositional error is forgetting that the noun in aprepositional phrase is the object of the preposition” (109).
    • “Some prepositional phrases are more dungeons than closets; trapped withinare much worthier verbs, yearning to burst out” (106).
    • “Scour your writing for prepositional barnacles worthy only of being scrapedaway, and replace them with simpler words…” (105).
    • “Anytime you can replace a cluster of words with one elegant one, do it” (104).
    • “What’s with that headline…..rewrite the thing….which is possible with anactive verb and fewer prepositional phrases” (108).
    • “The most frequent prepositional sin is to replace one good, terse word with astack of prepositional phrases” (104).
    • “If you were to compare crafting prose to building a house, the nouns (and pronouns),verbs, adjectives, and adverbs would form the foundation...prepositions might beanalogous to closet doors” (98). “Clear the clutter” (104).
    • “Prepositions often convey spatial relationships, telling us where X is in relationto Y” (99).
    • “Prepositions create mischief…prepositions are indispensable” (101).
    • “Ideas expressed through prepositional phrases must be carefully crafted intoparallel pieces” (102). “Those two prepositional phrases are nice andsymmetrical, adding rhythmic value to the sentence” (102).