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Subject:Re: churchill ::sigh:: From:jsokohl -at- mac -dot- com To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 10 Jun 2004 14:09:02 -0600
"While a preposition always takes an object--though occasionally only an
immplicit one--the object sometimes begins the clause that the preposition
ends. While such constructions are the exception to the rule (a
preposition normally occupies the "pre-position" relative to its object),
virtually no one still argues that a sentence should never end with a
preposition. Questions like 'What was the memorandum about?' and 'What
audience are you aiming at?' are quite acceptable, as are the relative
clauses in 'The dealer that you bought it from will provide this service'
and 'The person that I wrote to is the assistant sales manager'.
Ordinarily,however, you would omit the relative pronoun in sentences like
the last two and let readers 'understand' it as the object of the
preposition: 'The dealer you bought it from...and 'The person I wrote
___Claire Kehrwald Cook. Line by Line: How to Improve Your Own Writing.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985, pp. 155-156
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