Embarrassingly Enough, ...

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Mon May 7 16:08:37 UTC 2007

Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU>:

And speaking of epidemics of odd preposition use: Little by little over the
past few years, my students seem to be globally replacing "in" with "within"
("Within sonnet 19, Milton alludes to . . ."). WHY, I wonder.


Because longer = more impressive.

-- Mark
[This text prepared with Dragon NaturallySpeaking.]

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