Grammar is something I know I need help with. While I’m good, I’m not perfect. In my last post, I talked about Missing articles. Now I’ll talk about Redundant Preposition. If you missed a previous post on Grammar, simply click on the purple crossed-out title in the list below to see that post.
Within Grammar here are the most common issues I had in my story:
Missing Article .
2. Redundant preposition
3. Confused preposition
4. Object instead of a subject pronoun
5. Adjective instead of an adverb
6. Wrong article with set expression
7. Incorrect use of progressive tense
8. Incorrect noun form
So I bet there is someone out there saying what the Bleepity-bleep is a Preposition? There are some that know what it is. Either way here is what it is for those that don’t know, and a reminder for those that do know.
Prepositions in writing are function words that show how a noun or a noun phrase relates to the sentence. They are words such as, on, after, since, or in. Two prepositions can be used in a row, for example, “From behind the bush” but most often a second preposition is totally unnecessary, “Alongside of the house.”
Here are some generic examples before I show you some redundant prepositions I plunked into my story.
Incorrect Everyone except from Tony ate spaghetti.
Correct Everyone except Tony ate spaghetti.
Incorrect The fish swam alongside of the boat.
Correct The fish swam alongside the boat.
Now here are two Redundant prepositions I found in my draft.
Incorrect I pulled at the white surgical tape.
Correct I pulled the white surgical tape.
For this one, I originally wanted to express that she was pulling on or at the tape. So I changed it to this. I pulled and picked at the white surgical tape.
Incorrect Mike ordered in pizza.
Correct Mike ordered pizza.
Now in this situation, I actually wanted to indicate the pizza was being ordered to the house. So I changed it to, Mike ordered pizza delivery.
My advice about redundant prepositions:
They happen, they also don’t belong. It was easy to remove them or restructure the sentence to make what I was trying to say more clear to the reader.
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