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Please help settle an arguement.
Preposition at the end of a sentence: OK or not.
Of course it's OK.
If anybody tries to tell you it's not, ask them if they never say any of the following:
'Switch the light off.'
'He jumped up and down.'
Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Sep-2011 at 13:23.
A guideline: It is correct when the object of the preposition has already been mentioned.
This is what I am looking for. (=looking for this)
What are you looking at? (=looking at what)
Another guideline: It is correct when the object of the preposition is understood, but not mentioned.
A man standing in front of an open car door says, "Get in." (=Get in the car.)
As an example, when I put the question "What country does he come from?" in a reading test, my colleague insisted it must be "From which country does he come?" to be correct.
I'm tearing my hair out to get him to back down. Since we're co-teaching the same stuff we need to agree on tests etc.
I thought that over the years we'd come to realise that the whole "can't end a sentence with a preposition" was a myth!
It led to the ironic statement "A preposition is a word that you must never end a sentence with"!
I certainly think it's OK. I would say that the reverse construction makes a sentence more formal, but doesn't make it correct.
Where do you come from?
From where do you come?
Who did you go to the cinema with?
With whom did you go to the cinema?
I would be interested to know if your colleague who says it's incorrect, absolutely always uses the latter form when speaking or writing or if he is only saying that it must be used in learning/exam situations.
NOT A TEACHER
"From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."
Sir Winston Churchill
Show him this thread. Tell him to check some opinions of authoritative grammar sites and modern grammar textbooks.
If he is still recalcitrant, there's nothing much you can do.