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  1. John Maitland Graves

    Angry Poor test.

    Bad sentences, examples: "Stratford is the town ____ Shakespeare was born in." For starters, you should not end sentences with prepositions. Some other sentences are not well worded and can create confusion. Or, perhaps, because I am older I am not "with" the "new" English!

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    Re: Poor test.

    Hello John

    We would be in serious trouble if we couldn't end a sentence with a preposition. Indeed, some constructions force a terminal preposition. What would we say instead of:

    1. What are you looking at?
    2. It's not worth thinking about.
    3. It's too much to hope for.

    As for "new" English, I'm not so sure Shakespeare and Milton weren't averse to ending their sentences with prepositions!


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    Re: Poor test.

    And even further back- they had been used at the end of sentences for hundreds of years before someone invented that so-called rule.


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