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

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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.


Break down

Call on

Check out

Come apart

Dress up

Find out

Hang up

Run into

Turn down

Wake up

Work out

link comment answered Jun 08 '13 at 14:40 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

If you like the way it sounds, and it clearly and concisely gives the information required, then leave it as it is.

link comment answered Jun 08 '13 at 15:41 Tony Proano Expert

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

The rule still holds even though written English is getting more and more informal.  Depending on the nature of the writing you are doing, most people find writing as though you are speaking is OK.

link comment answered Jun 08 '13 at 14:27 Judy Raiten New member

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