Don’t End a Sentence with This Preposition

I’ve mentioned so-called “prepositions” at the end of sentences before, that they are okay because they are part of separable verbs. (A famous example: it’s okay to say “not put up with” rather than “up with which I will not put.”)

Here’s one that’s an actual preposition. Last sentence in the last panel:

Take It From The Tinkersons - 02/21/2019
https://comicskingdom.com/take-it-from-the-tinkersons/2019-02-21

The problem here is not just that it’s a preposition, but that it’s redundant. The sentence already mentions location with the word “where.”

So all you need to say is “Do you know where the crushed red pepper flakes are?”

When you’re talking about location, don’t end your sentence with “at.”

How To Hire The Right Mortgage Company

If you are planning to buy a property, commercial or domestic, it always makes sense to hire the services of a good mortgage company. This is because most of the buyers are inexperienced in this area and therefore they could end up making the wrong choice. When you look around Oklahoma City, you certainly will come across dozens of such mortgage broker companies and individuals. In such a situation, making the right choice often could be a tough and demanding task. Hence, for the purpose of clarity and for easy selection of the right professionals, we are happy to list down some of the most important points that should be kept in mind when it comes to hiring these professionals. This will make your task of identifying the right property quite easy and stress-free.

 Are They Responsive

 Good and professional mortgage companies should be responsive to your needs and requirements. They should not delay getting in touch with you and responding to your queries. Prompt responses go a long way in proving that the mortgage agents are aware of your needs and they are ready to help in the best possible manner. It also helps customers to build trust with these professionals. You will have reasons to believe that you are dealing with somebody who you can believe and trust.

 Experience And Expertise

 The next important task is to always look for brokers who carry with them at least 10 to 15 years of experience. Experienced mortgage brokers will be in a much better position to identify the right properties keeping in mind the specific requirements of their clients. They also will be much better networked and connected and therefore will be in a position to offer you much better choices when compared to others.

 Are They Knowledgeable

 Good mortgage companies help you in more ways than one. They are able to do this because of their thorough knowledge of the entire market. Hence you must always look for those who are capable of advising you about the most suitable loan products. They will be also in a position to connect you with the right real estate sellers and promoters. Most importantly, they will be willing to talk to you and answer all your queries satisfactorily based on your specific objectives.

 Honest And Diligent

 When discussing with a mortgage broker, you must make sure that they are honest, truthful and diligent. You must be sure that they are transparent when it comes to handling various important points to your complete satisfaction. They should be willing to discuss with you regarding the fees that they charge for their services. You must, as a customer be upfront about it and should not hesitate in asking for other such things that involve money.

 Well Behaved And Personable

 The first impression is the best impression and therefore you must be sure that the mortgage brokers are well dressed, presentable in their appearances and they must be professional in their approach and dealings with their customers. They must always be well behaved and have a smiling and pleasing disposition.

How to Write a Definition

A definition, as you no doubt know, is the explanation of the meaning of a word. When you define a word, you should follow a few rules. Here are two:

  • a definition may be a sentence fragment
  • a definition should not contain the word you’re defining.

Here’s a good example of breaking that second rule:

https://www.gocomics.com/betty/2019/02/18

Excellent Summary

I preach conciseness as an important feature of good expository writing. This comic’s punchline is about her timing, but her summary of the whole Valentine legend is excellent:

https://www.gocomics.com/frazz/2019/02/17

She did it in five sentences. When I find an article on this topic, it’s usually several pages.

Be like her, but watch your timing, too.

Why Split Infinitives are Okay

Stuffy English teachers are famous for promulgating the idea that we shouldn’t put anything between the “to” and the verb when you use an infinitive. A guy name or Robert Lowth was the origin of this, by the way. (cf the post for March 14)

Anyway, the meaning is subtly different between splitting and not splitting that infinitive.

Charlie stuck his head through the dive shop door. Karen appeared to be waiting on someone in the military, so he slipped in quietly, to not interrupt.

Charlie stuck his head through the dive shop door. Karen appeared to be waiting on someone in the military, so he slipped in quietly, not to interrupt.

The first selection says he doesn’t want to do something, period. That second one, though, implies that you have an alternative verb in mind, such as

Charlie stuck his head through the dive shop door. Karen appeared to be waiting on someone in the military, so he slipped in quietly, not to interrupt, but to be sneaky.

See? It matters. So write what you mean, and forget about Robert Lowth.

Punctuation Comic

Some punctuation puns.

https://www.gocomics.com/wrong-hands/2019/02/15

I should add that an M-dash is three times longer than a hyphen. And be sure to pronounce the second “s” in asterisk.

On, By, or -ly?

This post has to do with three usages of the root word accident that make it into an adverb.

  • If you ain’t got no good taste, use “on accident.” See the comic below, though the comic itself is worth subscribing to if you’re an intellectual.
  • If you’re normal, use “by accident.”
  • If you want to be top-notch in your writing, use “accidentally.”
https://www.gocomics.com/saturday-morning-breakfast-cereal/2019/02/14

Harrumpf. Ain’t never tried rye whiskey, myself…

A Good Example of Agreement

Agreement, remember, is singular words connecting to singular words, and plural words connecting to plurals. We say “Tom jumps,” not “Tom jump,” “John and Paul run” not “John and Paul runs.” We say “the party is,” not “the party are” and so on. With long complex sentences, it can get tricky.

Take a look at this sentence:

Financial institutions, merchants, and individuals are all concerned with their reputations, which prevents theft and fraud. 

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2019/02/blockchain_and_.html

Look at all those plurals! institutions, merchants, individuals, reputations. And we have a subordinate clause, (“which prevents theft and fraud”) which refers to something, but its verb is singular! What does the clause refer to? Well, what does the preventing? It’s their concern. All those plurals have a concern, singular. That subordinate clause is an adverb clause, not an adjective clause.

How, you ask, can a plural verb represent a singular noun? Well, it can. I said these long sentences can be tricky. You just have to think.

Another Verbed Noun

I’ve heard this usage several times.

https://www.gocomics.com/zackhill/2019/02/12

Just don’t call the practice of using the word “adult” as a verb “adultery.”

Infer or Imply?

They covered this mistake rather regularly in English class, but I don’t see it very often in real life. Perhaps the latter is because of the former, eh?

Here are the definitions:

  • Imply—to suggest something without saying it explicitly
  • Infer—a type of logic when you look at a bunch of examples and detect a pattern

I think this guy means “imply.”

Pros & Cons - 02/09/2019
https://comicskingdom.com/pros-cons/2019-02-09

Enough said. Use “infer” and “imply” correctly.