29/SET/2005 3:49 AM
"The metaphor gets across it well. (WRONG)"
The problem with the above sentence is that there is nothing wrong with the grammar; the problem is with the meaning. When written "The metaphor gets across it well", it means one thing. When written "The metaphor gets it across well", it means something else.
The comedian George Carlin has a routine about five things that cannot be said on television. The same words said one way has a vulgar meaning that is not permitted on TV. Said another way, the same words have an innocent meaning that is perfectly acceptable.
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