Magazine article The Spectator

Mind Your Language

Magazine article The Spectator

Mind Your Language

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I AM never happier than with something easy like a steak and kidney pudding (can't go wrong) singing away on the stove and a volume of Skeat's Principles of English Etymology propped up on the cat's blanket, which for some reason has found its way onto the kitchen table.

I am parodying my own foibles, of course, but what I mean is that when a piece of hard grammar comes along it gives me the jitters.

And here comes one out of the sun at two o'clock from a German reader, Mr Goetz Hof, who is complaining about dangling participles in The Spectator. Whatever next?

This affliction, also known as hanging participle or unattached participle, is indeed illustrated by an extract from a recent book review in the dear old Speccy: `Dashed off at speed and covering many figures . . . in the Irish revival, this clever woman ... provides many fascinating glimpses. …

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