Ending on Prepositions
I remember a long time ago that I was told that ending on prepositions was a sin. However, recently I have seen many published and knowledgeable sources use this. Is it really a "sin" or is it okay to end on prepositions? Sometimes sentences sound really funny when I try avoiding on ending on a preposition:
"Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put." -W. Churchill
The "rule" about not ending a sentence with a preposition is a myth. Churchill was pointing that out with this quote. There are many phrasal verbs that end with a preposition, and it is perfectly acceptable to end the sentence with these. Here are some examples.
|link comment||answered Jun 08 '13 at 14:40 Patty T Grammarly Fellow|
The correct usage depends upon the diction of the written piece. If students are writing very formally, a college thesis, for example, they should work hard to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition. If the writing is to be published, the publication may have a style manual that dictates how this issue is handled. However, ninety-five percent of the time, ending a sentence with a preposition is entirely acceptable. As an English teacher, I have to work very hard to write correctly as my writing is under constant scrutiny, so I am very aware of this difficulty. Think about the audience who will be reading the piece. Will they be "offended" by a violation of this "rule"?
|link comment||answered Jun 08 '13 at 18:18 Katherine Patrick New member|
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