clearly and simply written but remarkably difficult to understand
October 14, 2012 6:07 AM Subscribe
In his Lingua Franca column, Allan Metcalf challenged his readers to come up with plausible but fake new grammar rules. And the winner is...
“Because of” should not be used to modify a sentence in the future tense, since it is a logical fallacy to impute a cause to something that is not (yet) true. Rather, a construction such as “due to” or “owing to” should be used, or the sentence should be rewritten to be more clear.I found this on Language Log. Allan Metcalf, previously on metafilter. Bonus: here's Metcalf's language limerick contest and results.
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