Monday, June 25, 2007

Grammar: Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them (Part 10: Wrong/Missing Preposition)

Prepositions show the relation of a noun or pronoun to another word in the sentence. Occassionally, prepositions can be confusing.

Consider, for example which is better: "different from," or "different than?" Though both are used widely, "different from" is considered grammatically correct.

The same debate surrounds the words "toward" and "towards." Though both are used, "toward" is preferred in writing. When I was learning grammar back in Catholic school, the stern nuns would mark “towards” as “not a word.” Needless to say, I don’t use it anymore. When in doubt, check a handbook.

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