Saturday, January 26, 2013


Dear Kansas City Star: You're entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own prepositions.

The defendants can be sentenced in a corporate spying case, as the online hed puts it. They can be charged with or convicted of corporate spying. They could even be sentenced for corporate spying. But they can't be sentenced of corporate spying.

Yeah, yeah, the 1A designer painted you into a corner. Find another way to paint yourself out.   

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Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Perhaps "KC 2 sentenced for...". Or since you're the KC paper (not being in KC, myself, "KC" didn't help me one bit) you could leave it out? "2 sentenced for..."

1:00 PM, January 26, 2013  
Anonymous Ed Latham said...

I bet the original thought was 'Two guilty... of...' before either the story was updated or someone else pointed out that the sentencing was the news angle (although they seem to have pleaded guilty and been sentenced the same day, judging by the story). KC DUO SENTENCED IN/CORPORATE SPY CASE might just fit.

8:00 PM, January 26, 2013  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doing a lot of reading seems to help people choose the right prepositions. I can't tell if I'm suffering from one or another recency illusion: first, that preposition errors are becoming more common, or second, that the publication of more unedited prose online is is making preposition errors "sound" right to more writers -- or if these problems are not illusions.

Barbara Phillips Long

11:58 PM, January 26, 2013  

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