It is indeed, and it's brought to us by Grammar Girl, the site with writerly goodies galore. Grammar Girl says, "It's not only a date, it's an imperative: March forth on March 4 to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!"
What's so great about grammar? Well, quirky rules and all, grammar enables us to communicate well. What kind of writers would we be without a few guidelines to keep us in line, you know?
Take prepositions, for instance. We know that prepositions illustrate relationships, like so:
The box is under the table.
Now we know where the box is. Simple stuff, right? But have you heard about double prepositions? They aren't needed often, but in the right place, they work, like so:
- She came out of the cave.
- The mouse emerged from under the dresser.
Sometimes though, when two or more prepositions are used, they create unnecessary clutter. Consider the following:
- Before: Wendy grabbed her books from off of the table.
- After: Wendy grabbed her books from the table.
- Before: Linda looked over at Wayne.
- After: Linda looked at Wayne.
- Before: Robin and Julie sat down under the canopy.
- After: Robin and Julie sat under the canopy.
- Before: Caroline stopped on over to see Harry at the photo booth.
- After: Caroline stopped to see Harry at the photo booth.
For clean, sharp writing, don't use unnecessary prepositions.
There you have it, the official tidbit for National Grammar Day from Write Now. :)
It's hard to believe that it's been four years since I started blogging. It's been a great ride! Thanks to all of you for helping me on this journey. To celebrate, I am giving away several goodies this month.
The first item, in honor of National Grammar Day, is the Kindle edition of
The Elements of Style, Updated for Present Day Use
by William Strunk and Stanford Pritchard.
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