Film Grammar # 9 – Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris with Love

If you’re going to complain about bad grammar (and I am), you should certainly laud good grammar when you find it, and the programs and movies under the heading “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”, on first Hallmark Channel and now Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Channel, are really wonderful, and not just where grammar is concerned. The characters are educated and literate, and celebrate grammar not only in correct usage, but also in usage under stress. For an example read this line written by the wondeful Martha Williamson for the excellent Eric Mabius as Oliver O’Toole, the head of the Denver Post Office’s Dead Letter Division, as he struggles to place a preposition properly, despite the fact that he is upset: “Perhaps you should turn your attention to that computer program you so strongly believe… hmm… that you believe in so strong… in which you so strongly believe.” I love it!

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