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Don’t End a Sentence with a Preposition—Where Did This Myth Come From?

I love this kind of history. Sad this kind of idiocy has affected 200+ years of authorship.


Jacar 8 Aug 7
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People often claim that Winston Churchill pooh-poohed the rule, saying something like, "That is a piece of arrant pedantry up with which I shall not put." This story, like the God story, comes in countless variations with no evidence.

alfresco Level 4 Aug 8, 2018

Steven Pinker's vids about language are great::: This is a wonderfully full lecture:::

Jacar Level 8 Aug 7, 2018

The article is wonderfully detailed.

Jacar Level 8 Aug 7, 2018

It comes from a crazy idea that Latin was perfect and that English should behave more like Latin in order to be correct. In reality though, prepositions at the end of sentences in English are either parts of phrasal verbs (where two or more words are used to make one verb, as in "blow up" = explode), or they occur at the end of relative clauses and govern an earlier item (The people I was staying with), so the preposition still feels as if it comes before the thing it governs, but it's been moved out of position (I stayed with some people) - there is still an unspoken trace of "people" following the preposition.

Ack! Latin is perfect, you heathen! 😉


What the hell is a preposition ???

Michael67 Level 6 Aug 7, 2018

You talkin to me?


@Jacar -- LOL

That old rigidity again. ----------------> Whence came this myth?


Yep I’ve been shutting fools down for this since middle school. It usually functions as an adverb at the end of a sentence. It’s quite awkward to avoid sometimes and even if it were true, as a part time grammar Nazi, (full time lover) I would rather sound colloquial than pretentious.

Wurlitzer Level 8 Aug 7, 2018
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