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Who was it that said...

"Prepositions at the ends of sentences is something up with which I cannot put."


Prescriptive grammar can go too far.

(I know that put up with is a phrasal verb, and that's why it sounds silly, but it's just a joke.)

Maria O'Brien April 24, 2006, 8:12pm

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The preposition rule is a strictly prescriptive grammar rule.

When people say that it doesn't really exist, I think what they mean is that in our heads -- internal grammar -- the rule does not exist. We can understand what someone means when they use prepositions at the end of the sentence; it is grammatical.

However, English teachers have been teaching that it's not "proper" for years. So, is it prescriptively grammatical in standard English? That's up to you to decide.

Maria April 24, 2006, 3:20am

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