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    Putting prepositions at last

    Hello; I've got a question upon putting prepositions. As in sentences like ''We have much to be thankful
    for'' and ''she came close by'', I ought to fill with prepositions?

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    Re: Putting prepositions at last

    Quote Originally Posted by GuilhermeRM View Post
    Hello; I've got a question upon about putting using prepositions. As In sentences like ''We have much to be thankful for'' and ''She came close by'', should I ought to fill ​them with prepositions?
    Where would you like to put another preposition in those sentences?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Putting prepositions at last

    If you mean "can I end a sentence with a preposition?" then yes, you can. Many older grammarians advised against this, but it is really not a rule and leads to silly circumlocutions like "That is something up with which I can not put."

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    Re: Putting prepositions at last

    I apologise for not having realised what you meant from your thread title. You will probably still hear that a preposition should not be the last word of a sentence, but that is nonsense.

    This led to the amusing wording of this non-rule: "A preposition is a word you should not end a sentence with".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Putting prepositions at last

    May I cut those preposition off the sentence?

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    Re: Putting prepositions at last

    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamRota View Post
    May I cut those preposition off the sentence?
    Can you remove them completely? Yes and no.

    She came close. In fact, that is an improvement on "She came close by". "She was close by" is OK.

    We have much to be thankful.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Putting prepositions at last

    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamRota View Post
    May I cut those preposition off the sentence?
    Not as a general rule. In some cases the prepositions are necessary; in others, superfluous.

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