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Sentences Ending in Prepositions

Did you learn to never end a sentence with a preposition?

Some examples of prepositions are "of", "from", "for", "with", "in", and "on". Woops, I just ended a sentence with a preposition by just listing prepositional words at the end of a sentence. So does that make this sentence grammatically incorrect? I think not. I am just trying to make a point.

Another example of a perfectly good sentence ending with a preposition is "What is that for?" I remember my English teachers would often re-arrange the words of a sentence so that it does not end with a preposition like this, "That is for what?" However, both sentences are grammatically correct in common day English, yet each are just a different style.

Other cases where using a preposition at the end of a sentence is when the verb ends in a preposition. For example, "Get up!" is much better than "Get up from the floor!" Do you agree?

So the next time you end a sentence with a preposition and someone corrects you because of it, donít be embarrassed or ashamed. You now know that you are speaking or writing correctly. You can either let the incorrect correction slide, correct their grammatical error, or you can just repeat the sentence you just said but add the word "dummy" at the end of it.

So, if you said, "We will get by." Repeat what you said but with this modification, "We will get by, dummy!"

by Phil for Humanity
on 01/20/2007

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