When Dangling Prepositions Win

I was raised “old school rules”: no dangling participles, no dangling prepositions, no split infinitives. (I wouldn’t be surprised to find I got the punctuation incorrect in that preceding sentence.) I took Latin for 4 years. I grew numb to Star Trek’s “To boldly go”; however there are still some behaviors that I feel should NOT be tolerated. I expect leading newspapers and magazines to follow the old rules, dated as they might be.

Imagine my disappointment at reading the following sentence in The Wall Street Journal the other day.

It’s also developing an e-commerce platform to sell those services through local retailers that farmers already do business with.

Sigh. I expected better. That sentence would have still been clear had it used “local retailers with whom farmers already do business”. Not only would it be clear, but *I* think it would read more smoothly as well. Sigh.

At a time like this I REALLY miss my mother. I’m sure she could find many errors within my own writing, brief as this is. Although my sister is good at this grammar “stuff” as well. *grin*

2 Responses to “When Dangling Prepositions Win”


  1. 1 Jinjer February 22, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Ohmygosh it’s been so long I don’t even remember what any of those things are. LOL That makes me sad since English was my subject.

  2. 2 ahuva18 February 22, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    *grin* My mother was an English major and NEVER allowed improper grammar/word usage. I always try to use “however” as a post-positive because my ancient history professor (who was also a Latin scholar) would always mark it as incorrect. 🙂


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