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too much "there"?

Postby Bailey » Tue Jun 03, 2008 9:02 pm


In the writing game, everybody has to have an irk. Am I being fastidious or merely fussy in my irk against "there"? A few weeks ago The New York Times' editorial writers backed repeatedly into their morning lectures.
"There is a lot of talk that Sen. Hillary Clinton is now fated ... There is a lot that Senators Clinton and Obama need to be talking about ..." "There is little doubt that Morgan Tsvangirai was elected president of Zimbabwe. There is no doubt that President Robert Mugabe's henchmen have used ..."

too much there
what say you?
mark there-too-much Bailey

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Postby Stargzer » Wed Jun 04, 2008 1:02 pm

Il y a trop de "there" là. :P



WHOA! I didn't realize Kilpatrick was still writing!

One of my favorite columns of his is the one from long ago where he starts using nested parentheses, ending up with 10 or 20 of them (it seemed) stacked up at the end! A masterpiece!

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