From a book I'm reading:
"Memories came flooding back of school days long ago."
Does this sentence sound odd to you? It does to me, especially "back of." Funny sounding or not, this sentence violates Strunk and White's Principle of Composition 20: "Keep related words together." The prepositional phrase "of school days long ago" goes with "memories," but the two are quite far away from one another.
Let's bring them back together:
"Memories of school days long ago came flooding back."
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