One Writer’s Journey

December 4, 2015

Prepositions: Can you end a sentence with one?

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:46 am
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When I’m rewriting my work, I often find myself going to great lengths to change a sentence.  Why?  Because I’m trying to avoid ending it with a preposition.  It is something I’ll let myself do on occasion here on the blog, because blogging tends to be less formal than other writing. But in print, I try to avoid that terminal preposition.  Yet, sometimes, trying to avoid it creates a convoluted sentence and I have to start all over.

How did we get stuck with this grammar rule?  To find out, watch this short video.

What can I say?  If it okay with the Merriam-Webster folk, than I’m okay with it too.  Trying to avoid something simply because writers 100’s of years ago were trying to imitate Latin . . . that’s okay.  It’s enough work to make my writing clear and readable without trying to follow a rule set up in a 1672 essay.

What about you?

–SueBE

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3 Comments »

  1. It is difficult to convey the joy and feel of freedom I am filled with.
    Also, this makes me want to think up a stupid grammar rule and try to get it to catch on.
    Got one… What if we had to end every sentence with a ninja? Wouldn’t that be awesome ninja. Ninjas make sentences better ninja. Too random ninja?

    Comment by michaelwaynebooks — December 4, 2015 @ 2:17 am | Reply


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