Preposition nonsense up with which I will not put

Spotted in a recent corporate missive (the names have been changed to protect the guilty):

There are lots of good things happening at Company A of which we can be proud. Initiative X is one I personally feel particularly proud of.

Obviously written by someone who doesn't waste too much time worrying about where to put prepositions...


Churchill on prepositions

4 comments:

garik said...
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garik said...

Why should they? Here's an interesting comment on the Churchill quotation though:

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001702.html

Opposition to preposition stranding is indeed nonsense, but Churchill was cheating

JD said...

I usually don't mind where people put prepositions, it's just the lack of parallelism in the example that distracts me - if parallelism is the right word here.

The Ridger, FCD said...

I'd bet it's the presence or absence of the "which" that makes the difference - and that probably relates to the distance between its antecedent and it - "things" has a participial phrase in between, while one is smack next to the spot where "which" would go...