Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Incorrect omission of prepositions

Omission of else after everybody, etc.

Rule: Use the word else in making a comparison between one person/thing and all others of the same kind after everybody, anybody, anything, nobody, etc.

Don’t say: (a) She is taller than everybody.
(b) Except him, nobody could have done that.

Say: (a) She is taller than everybody else.
(b) Except him, nobody else could have done that.

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