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?