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To Grammar’s House

Spring cleaning for grammar rules

“To Grammar’s House” is a regular column by the Boston Globe copy desk on the style and language used in the newspaper.

The story may be apocryphal, and like many apocryphal stories, it’s so good that we can only hope it’s true. But according to innumerable fuzzy sources, Winston Churchill, upon being told that it is grammatically incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition, replied: “That is the sort of arrant pedantry up with which I will not put!” It’s the perfect riposte, arguing against an edict by illustrating how ridiculous that edict would be if put into practice.

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