TLS review

The Bishop’s Grammar was reviewed in last week’s Times Literary Supplement.

The reviewer, Jack Lynch, focussed on a well-known stricture that is often associated with Lowth, preposition stranding. The use of preposition stranding is usually, even today, criticised because it is believed that prepositions should be pre-posed, and not stranded at the end of the clause.

An example from Lowth’s own grammar is:

  • Horace is an author I’m much delighted with.

Lowth himself, tongue-in-cheek, commented:

This is an Idiom which our language is strongly inclined to,

but many grammarians after him failed to see the joke, and they silently corrected the offending construction even when they plagiarised the rest of the stricture.

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