Re: prepositions ending sentences

Subject: Re: prepositions ending sentences
From: RIONDA OSMAN-JOUCHOUX <rosman-j -at- OURAY -dot- DENVER -dot- COLORADO -dot- EDU>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 1994 10:25:38 -0600

As an aside, even Fowler (oh great antique one) acknowledges that there
are people who cannot abide sentences ending in prepositions. He also
says that clarity and economy are to be prized over pedantry (or words to
that effect).

I usually try to avoid ending sentences in prepositions. I made a
distinction with my students about words that are sometimes called
"Postpositions": like "bring up" for rearing children or raising a
topic versus "bring up" for fetching something from the basement. I
think the multiple word verb form (usually informal) can be difficult to
work around sometimes and so a preposition at the end of those sentences
shouldn't be a signal of total degeneracy. However, we can usually find
formal synonyms if pushed.

Rionda Osman
rosman-j -at- ouray -dot- denver -dot- colorado -dot- edu


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