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A bad sentence

What excellent timing! I have a spate of proofreading coming up, and I’m going to try to work this sentence in somewhere:

[T]o correct a bad sentence satisfactorily is not always possible; it should never have existed, that is all that can be said.

From The King’s English, spotted by Maud Newton.

2 Comments

  1. Kimberley wrote:

    Oh yes. That perfectly sums up how I felt about an essay I proofread this week.

    Friday, August 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
  2. tikitu wrote:

    The whole essay? That’s harsh, man.

    Saturday, August 21, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Permalink