Can we end a sentence or a question with a preposition?
Ah, the hanging (or stranded) preposition! Historically, one of the most disputed areas of the English language. (PS: 2006, I still mean to come back to you on that other area of dispute, the split infinitive, sometime when I've given it more thought.) My view: people use hanging prepositions all the time in informal speech/writing - often because they simply sound more natural - but in formal writing there is still a tendency to avoid hanging prepositions, provided the sentence allows this, since there are certain structures that only sound correct with hanging prepositions:
What are you talking about?
You would never say:
About what are you talking?
Over and over, this fallacy of not ending a sentence with a preposition has been addressed.
English is not Latin. English does not have to follow the rules of Latin.
The nonsense about not ending with a preposition or even about not splitting the infinitive is based on the misguided notion of old-century linguists and grammaticians (what would that word be, if it were the right word?) that English should act like Latin. It doesn't have to.
(As the link I provided in the earlier thread says on the split infinitive also shows.)
To paraphrase the line attributed to Mr. Churchill (and I use him so no one accuses the Godless Americans as being the ones who ruined what was a perfectly fine language until we came along): Insisting a sentence not be ended with a preposition is the type of nonsense up with which I will not put.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
A: "What time is your party at?"
B. "Don't you know that you should never end a sentence or question with a preposition?"
A. "Well, you did!"
Last edited by billmcd; 26-May-2010 at 00:42. Reason: typo
Oh oh oh... hold on a second...
Now you all have confused me...
Dont know where I am going from here...
Good morning, Mr. Andrews.
(1) As the other posters said:
(a) Yes, it is "good" English to end a sentence with a preposition.
(b) Sometimes, in fact, you must do so. Otherwise, your English
will sound "strange."
Maybe you can post some examples. Then other posters will tell you
whether they think the prepositions in your examples are properly
Have a nice day!
*This onslaught might start next week though because I'm off to London for a few days tonight and right now, I'm sitting here at home with no documents coming in to quote from. But I will remember!