Saturday, October 15, 2005

(Potentially relevant link)

BBC Headline: 'EU vets agree bird flu measures'

BCC decides ban prepositions. People seen singing and dancing the streets. English teachers give.

1 comment:

Miciah said...

The 'to' in 'to ban' is not a preposition, but rather a particle that some would consider to be a part of the infinitive.

The 'up' in 'give up' can be called a preposition, or it can be considered merely to be a part of the verb. See phrasal verb on Wikipedia. I have also seen the term 'by-verbs' used for this class of verb; this was in the book How to Learn Any Language by Barry M. Farber--I can go find it for you. However, I have found only one occurrence of this term with Google--it was on Usenet.