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    Can't we end a sentence with a preposition?

    Dear teachers,

    I have read a thread here and I noticed that it said that a sentence cannot be completed with a preposition. I am not aware of that so I want to make sure about that. In our day to day speaking, we could hear that "who are you going with there?" and there are more expressions like that we can hear. I wonder whether this "impossible to end a sentence with a preposition" rule is only for written English.

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    Re: Can't we end a sentence with a preposition?

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    Forget it, kite; you can end a sentence with as many prepositions as you like.

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    Re: Can't we end a sentence with a preposition?

    We didn't say you can't end a sentence with a preposition. We said that perhaps some learners are still being taught that you can't. That is an outdated grammatical concept.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 08-Nov-2013 at 21:26.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Can't we end a sentence with a preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I have read a thread here and I noticed that it said that a sentence cannot be completed with a preposition. I am not aware of that so I want to make sure about that. In our day to day speaking, we could hear that "who are you going with there?" and there are more expressions like that we can hear. I wonder whether this "impossible to end a sentence with a preposition" rule is only for written English.

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    If you want the preposition at the end, use Who are you going there with?, which is fine. You can end sentences with prepositions.

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    Re: Can't we end a sentence with a preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    If you want the preposition at the end, use Who are you going there with?, which is fine. You can end sentences with prepositions.
    Or "whom are you going there with". Different issue.

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    Re: Can't we end a sentence with a preposition?

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    Or "whom are you going there with". Different issue.
    That's rare in BrE. if we are being formal enough to use 'whom'. we are probably being formal enough to say 'With whom are you going there'.

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    Re: Can't we end a sentence with a preposition?

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    Or "whom are you going there with". Different issue.

    What do you by different issue, Mike? I remember my teacher taught that "whom" is the main for of your sentence but he had also mentioned that "whom" is outdated so now "who" is used instead of "whom". Is my teacher right? I am still following that rule. Did you mention "different issue" in terms of that case?

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    Re: Can't we end a sentence with a preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    What do you by different issue, Mike? I remember my teacher taught that "whom" is the main for of your sentence but he had also mentioned that "whom" is outdated so now "who" is used instead of "whom". Is my teacher right? I am still following that rule. Did you mention "different issue" in terms of that case?
    You don't need to use "whom".

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    Re: Can't we end a sentence with a preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by kite View Post
    What do you by different issue, Mike? I remember my teacher taught that "whom" is the main for of your sentence but he had also mentioned that "whom" is outdated so now "who" is used instead of "whom". Is my teacher right? I am still following that rule. Did you mention "different issue" in terms of that case?
    There were two issues: the use of who/whom and ending a sentence with a preposition. I sill use "whom" and I know many people who do. However, many young people rarely use "whom". I do frequently end sentences with prepositions.

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