Lowth, Robert

(1710 – 1787). Church of England Bishop, Oxford poetry professor, and the author of an influential English grammar textbook called A Short Introduction to English Grammar (1762). He was the English language's primordial prescriptivist.



Robert Lowth, Lord Bishop London of (Source: An engraving of a painting by L.E. Pine)
Robert Lowth, Lord Bishop London of
(Source: An engraving of a painting by L.E. Pine)



Quotation -
"This is an Idiom which our language is strongly inclined to; it prevails in common conversation, and suits very well with the familiar style in writing; but the placing of the Preposition before the Relative is more graceful, as well as more perspicuous; and agrees much better with the solemn and elevated Style."
(Source: Lowth on prepositions in A Short Introduction to English Grammar(p. 127–128))



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