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Pesky prepositions

[20 March 2012] As I haven’t complained about ‘prior to’ for at least three days, here goes – lest you forget.

Look, unnamed author at the Daily Telegraph (27 Feb 2012), you and the subeditors should do better than this, what with all that proper journalistic training you’ve had:

‘Anyone in receipt of greater handouts prior to that date was given nine months to move to a cheaper property or renegotiate rents to come under the cap.’

So let’s just go over last week’s lesson again, shall we?

‘In receipt of’ is three words when ‘receiving’ will do.

‘Prior to’ is two words when ‘before’ will do.

It’s all in ‘Newsman’s English’ by Harold Evans. Sexist title, but go find. [MC]

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