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Parts of Speech in Perspective

Do you worry if your participle is dangling?  Does it hurt when your infinitives are split?  Do you care where your preposition is at? (haha)

Even literary icons have concerns about their words. Here are a few quotes to silence the old battle-ax English teacher in your head:

photo courtesy of raymaclean

photo courtesy of raymaclean

A metaphor is like a simile. ~ Author Unknown

A synonym is a word you use when you can’t spell the other one. ~ Baltasar Gracián

The road to hell is paved with adverbs. ~ Stephen King

Don’t get it right; just get it written. ~ James Thurber

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Be Forewarned

This was sent to me via email …  a little anecdote that illustrates a grammatical point quite effectively!

On his seventy-fifth birthday, a man was given a gift certificate from his wife. The
certificate was for a visit to a medicine man living nearby who was rumored
to have a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction.

After thinking about it, he decided to give it a try. He went to the medicine man and
gave him the certificate. The old man handed him a potion, and gripping his shoulder,
warned: “This is a powerful medicine. You take only a teaspoonful, and then say
‘1-2-3.’ As soon as you do, you will become more manly than you have ever been
in your life, and you can perform as long as you want.”

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The man was encouraged. As he walked away, he turned and asked, “How do I stop
the medicine from working?”

“Your partner must say ‘1-2-3-4,'” he responded, “but when she does, the
medicine will not work again until the next full moon.”

He raced home, showered, shaved, took a spoonful of the medicine, and then invited
his wife to join him in the bedroom. When she came in, he took off his clothes
and said, “1-2-3!” Immediately, he was the manliest of men.

His wife began throwing off her clothes, and then asked, “What was the 1-2-3 for?”

This, my friends, is what happens when you end a sentence with a preposition … a dangling participle.

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