Posted by Aimsearlaithreac on February 18, 2009 at 13:53:37:
In Reply to: re: re: re: re: re: evolution gives way to dna posted by Michael Golden on February 18, 2009 at 01:50:10:
Michael, nearly all grammarians agree that it's fine to end sentences with prepositions.
What is a preposition?
A preposition is a word that creates a relationship between other words. It's been said that prepositions often deal with space and time. For example, the prepositions above, by, and over, all say something about a position in space. The prepositions before, after, and since, all say something about time.
Here's an example of a sentence that can end with a preposition: What did you step on? Noted grammarians agree that it's OK to end sentences with prepositions, but the driving point still seems to be, "Nobody in their right mind talks this way." Yes, you could say, "On what did you step?" Not even grammarians think you should.
Now Michael as you see you are wrong in your statement "You should not end a sentence with a preposition" when clearly you can.
Now if you had said "You should not end a sentence with a preposition when the preposition isn't extraneous" then you would have been right.
I admit as I am no grammarian that the preposition that I used was extraneous and could have omitted. What is your excuse as a self proclaimed grammarian?
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