I'm guessing it won't be the Year of Grammar

“Come see what 2011 will be the year of.”

— Wording on invitation to Apple event,

reportedly launching the next generation iPad

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  1. I know it’s not correct to end a statement like that with “of”…but I am struggling to rewrite it in my head!

  2. Now come on, Greg. The great wordsmith Churchill said that the rule of never ending a sentence with a preposition was something “up with which I shall not put!”

    As to the ad: clunky, yes; ungrammatical, not necessarily.

  3. “Come and see that of which 2011 will be the year.”

    The rule against ending sentences with prepositions may be good Latin, but it’s not English.

    “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
    Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
    Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 165–167
    What happens if we drop off the phrase “in your philosophy?” Does it transform the rest of the sentence from grammatical to ungrammatical — even though it is not the object of the preposition?

    Reminds me of another “rule” which requires the nominative case for pronouns after forms of the verb “to be,” e.g., “It is I,” not “It’s me.” One Sunday, as my mother, brother, and I came into the house upon our return from Mass, I said to the cat, “It is we, Tigger.”

  4. Will this event be “for free”?

    “free” = “for nothing”

    “disrespect”; thy true name is “insult”!

    (descending from the soap box)

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