Dakota Fanning, age 12, gave Time magazine the following quote for this week’s issue: “I would love to direct someday. I’ve learned a lot from watching directors I’ve worked with [sic], like Steven Spielberg and Gary Winick, whom I worked with [sic] on Charlotte’s Web. I would love to have that relationship with another actor.”
Oh, sweet Dakota, age 12. While I always appreciate the correct objective use of a relative pronoun, you used a terminal preposition in the first clause of that sentence, and misplaced another in the second. Your sentence, if you were really that smart, should read like this:
“I’ve learned a lot from watching directors with whom I’ve worked, like Steven Spielberg and Gary Winnick, with whom I worked on Charlotte’s Web. Mommy, can I have my childhood back?”
Seriously, Dakota, if you want to be a director, you should really learn how to write an English sentence first. Don’t they even bother to homeschool you? Sheesh.
Charlotte’s Web opens next month, and Fanning’s independent film, Hound Dog, will be screened at Sundance in January.