Prepositions: To End With

What’s this silly rule for?

We can break it if we want to.

It’s something you can do without.

Especially, when it sounds odd to get around.


Would you ask, “Up is what?” instead of “What’s up?”

Or, “Over, come,” rather than, “Come over”?

Or, “I below am,” over, “I am below?”

Or, “Off get!” versus, “Get off!”


Well, we could instead completely change the sentence over…

But why? What’s the original really suffering from?

Will it really set your work above?

Enough; I’m finally through.

6 comments on “Prepositions: To End With

  1. I’m studying linguistics and aspire to be a college professor in linguistics so debates and discussions about grammar interest me. Although I find the study of grammar (syntax) incredibly boring, the debates about how grammar should be used are fascinating. Some people get really uptight about it!

    I don’t think it’s a major problem if a sentence ends with a preposition. I read somewhere that Churchill said “This is just the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put” in response to being criticized for ending a sentence with a preposition. 😀 It’s definitely more of a guideline than a rule, in my opinion.

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