urban legend: don't end sentence with preposition

Dennis Baron debaron at UIUC.EDU
Thu Jan 4 15:55:12 UTC 2007

There's a new post on the Web of Language, following up on  
yesterday's ban on sex:

"There are plenty of places where we have to use gender-specific  
language.  Unfortunately one of the problems with style guides is  
that they don’t take into account the complexities of actual writing  
situations.... the stripped-down style guides, while popular, are  
better for propping up uneven table legs than for creating balanced  
prose. . . . Only yesterday a perfectly well-meaning reader chided a  
friend of mine for ending a sentence with a preposition."

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urban legend: don't end sentence with preposition



Dennis Baron
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Department of English
University of Illinois
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