Poll: Can you end a sentence with a preposition?

Can you end a sentence with a preposition?

Yes
No

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  • Added: August 2003

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Willbut

If a preposition comes at the end of a sentence, it is often functioning as an adverb (or particle) modifying a phrasal verb and, therefore, not really a preposition. However, they are often used at the end of sentences, especially questions:
'Who were you at the party with?'

MARYANNE

tWO WOMEN ARE SITTING NEXT TO ONE ANOTHER ON A PLANE, ONE ASKS THE OTHER "wHERE YOU GOING TO?" THE OTHER WOMEN HAUGHTILY REPLIES" DON'T YOU KNOW YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO END SENTENCES WITH A PREPOSITION?" THE OTHER WOMAN SAYS " WHERE YOU GOING TO- BITCH". lol

TDOL

I've used the 'bitch' example in a number of classes now and it does the trick. ;-)

Stunz

This is the sort of question up with which I find it difficult to put!

MrTrilby

People who still subscribe to this rule are the sort of people who still put an apostrophe in front of phone and cello, and I have no time for them.

f

of course u can

falloutboy

well this is a type of question that an english expert would know the answer to, so dont bother to comment if ur not an english expert......:)

Melissa

Yes

Danny

Which of these is more correct?
Do you know where is main street?
or
Do you know where main street is?
or
Do you know where's main street?

and why are the other two wrong.

RHINO

Ending sentences with prepositions makes you sound like a retard, so man up and use correct gammar.

miKe

With whom were you at the party?

marie crivel

not very often do i think about it. yet i made my mind up. it would be easy to carry on. nowadays i get frequently carried away ...

Xelmyrion

Which of these is more correct?

Do you know where is main street?
or
Do you know where main street is?
or
Do you know where's main street?

and why are the other two wrong.

Common vernacular today would argue the second version of the question is correct. It is an example of the modern language convention of dropping the trailing adverb. As in, "Do you know where Main Street is located?"

The other two versions are not punctuated properly; there should be a comma after "know."

stan

If a preposition concludes a verbal phrase, you should be able to place the phrase at the end of a sentence if it is synonymous with a stand-alone verb.

For example, 'put up with' is synonymous with 'tolerate.'
Therefore it seems OK to say
'This is the sort of discussion I cannot put up with.'

Sanders

of course u can!
"I know what I'm living for"
"You must hang over"

Dave

In casual speech it is quite acceptable to end a sentence with a preposition. However, if you're writing something other than a casual email, a book for example, it is quite unprofessional, as well as grammatically incorrect, and can be quite distracting to readers.

By the way, if you wanted to ask where Main Street is located but wanted a short and sweet sentence, why not "Where is Main Street?"

Finally, to quote 30 Rock "You shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition at."

Sagor

End of the street is a preposition because it show us often a location .

Ethan

You can absolutely end a sentence with a preposition. As Winston Churchill supposedly said, "From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."

Bruce

This may be the most common fake grammar rule--along with don't split infinitives. It's an affectation that comes its genuine existence in other languages, particularly Latin. Nonetheless, as a professional writer I find it helpful to know when I'm doing it--and I might even avoid ending in a preposition if I can do it with out awkward wording.: ("the thing to which...etc.").

Socrates

You "can" do anything you want in your daily language pursuits. However, in proper in English you are not supposed to end a sentence in preposition. An interesting side note is that they are considering changing the rules of grammar so that ending a sentence with a preposition will be correct. If ending with a preposition does not sound wrong to you, then you are a moron.

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