Post of the Day
July 9, 1998
Women and Investing Board
Subject: Re: Reflecting
Mike Buckley wrote:
Yeah, ATV, I see your concern and I feel your pain. There is no split infinitive here, however, nor a missed object of a preposition (though that is close). What we have is hypotaxis gone astray via a disjunct subordinate clause.
"As a professional in the industry" requires an immediate follow-up by the subject (in this case "he"), but Buckley plugged in the direct object ("I"), thereby making himself appear to be the object of the subordinate clause. He further complicated it by throwing the whole thing into the subjunctive ("would I have been").
Buckley should have said:
But Buckley's original post on zeros, as well as his bbq shrimp recipe, were very close to perfection.
And ATV, at the risk of being precious, I might add that if you, by means of a pronomial synecdoche ("EB White") are referring us to Elements of Style, I think Mr. Strunk should also be given his due.
Unlike you or Mr. Buckley, I'm never a threat to win post of the day, but I always enjoy participating in any way I can. To all lovers of polite English, and to all polite lovers of English, I say: Fool on!