Grammar Lesson

This grammar lesson is a great way to start a weekend.

An elderly man got a gift certificate for a visit to a nearby medicine man. He reportedly had a wonderful cure for erectile dysfunction.

The man drove to the reservation, handed his gift certificate to the medicine man and wondered what he was in for. (Did you see the grammar lesson in the prior sentence?)

The medicine man gave him a potion, but warned, “This powerful medicine must be respected. Take only a teaspoon. Then say, ‘1-2-3’.  When you do, you will be manlier than you have ever been in your life, and be able to perform as long as you want!”

The man was encouraged.  As he walked away, he turned and asked, “How do I stop the medicine from working?”

“Your partner must say, ‘1-2-3-4’,” the medicine man responded, “but when she does, the medicine will not work again until the next full moon.”

He was very eager to see if it worked. When he got home, he shaved, showered, took a spoon of the medicine, and then invited his wife to join him in the bedroom.  When she came in, he took off his clothes and said, “1-2-3!” Immediately, he was the manliest of men!

His wife was excited and began throwing off her clothes. She then asked, “What was the 1-2-3 for?”

That, boys and girls, is why we should never end our sentences with a preposition. If we do, we could end up with a dangling participle (and a grammar lesson).

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