use of phrasal verb


can I end a sentence with a phrasal ver? do I have a better way to write the same thing? can you give me a sugestion?

See example:

The increasing incidence and prevalence of diabetes, evidenced by epidemiologic studies worldwide, represent a growing burden that most health systems are unable to deal with.
asked Jan 14 '13 at 17:42 Natalie Borges New member

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Yes, you can.  Many people try to go by the old "rule" that you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition.  But others others argue that this was never really a grammar rule.  Phrasal verbs often end in a preposition, and it is quite okay to end a sentence with one. 


Here is the Grammarly Handbook section on phrasal verbs:


"To deal with" sounds much better than "with which to deal." 


It sounds a bit redundant, to me, to say both incidence and prevalence.  Incidence means the rate of occurence.  Prevalance means that the occurence is widespread.  Since they are both refering to an amount of occurance, I'd stick with prevalance. 

link comment answered Jan 14 '13 at 18:37 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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