"I am uncomfortable with the immature structure of the sentence itself. " (Tolley sir)
Can I say, "I am uncomfortable with the immature sentence structure itself. (To avoid prepositional prawl)
I'll let Tolley elaborate on the slight change in meaning.
Sanjay, prepositional phrases are not, by themselves, bad. They serve a very necessary and useful purpose in English grammar. I usually use the term sprawl when a sentence has three, four, and sometimes five prepositional phrases, one strung after another. These sentences are choppy, difficult to read and understand.
Your recent post on time-wasters also points out examples of unnecessary prepositional phrases. I generally encourage choosing the shorter, more direct version if it better conveys the intended meaning. It doesn't always.
To underscore that not all prepositional phrases are bad -- statistical analysis of writing that most would agree is concise and high-quality shows that 7 to 10% of the total word count are prepositions. If the average sentence is between 17 and 23 words (typical for high-quality high school to college level writing), the average sentence still will have 1.5 to 2 prepositions. The lesson: consider prepositions to be a precious resource -- use them wisely.
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