Trying to rephrase a sentence such as “There is nothing to be afraid of” so that you can avoid ending it with a preposition will leave you with an alternative that is less than ideal: “There is nothing of which to be afraid” strikes one as too formal, too far removed from conventional language, even that of academic prose. They don’t flow. To choose the appropriate preposition, decide how many people or things you’re talking about. If you think there’s a rule against ending with a preposition, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Get a subscription and start receiving our writing tips and exercises daily! After all, there is no rule against ending a sentence with preposition. In any writing endeavor, one must consider the audience. I’ve decided to print it and keep near my p.c., to consult whenever I write or correct my work. Rather than treat ending prepositions as wrong or right, a better approach is to think of them as a matter of formality and emphasis. A moderately formal document for an audience whose preferences you might know. (Even so, I still tend to prefer the others.). If Hooper was part of the venture, Silver Partners refused to join. In a sentence like “The best outcome for this scenario would be an incremental withdrawal,” note whether the meaning is clear without the phrase, and if so, strike it out: “The best outcome would be an incremental withdrawal.”. Prepositions, words that indicate relations between nouns, pronouns, and verbs (mostly small ones like for, in, of, on, to, and with but sometimes more substantial, as in the case of beneath or between), are often integral to a sentence, but writers can clutter sentences by being overly dependent on them. Unless the audience objects, an occasional ending preposition is acceptable. Copyright © 2020 Daily Writing Tips . In the midst of all these earth-shattering events, some people still walk around worrying about where to put a preposition. Some common preposition problems include choosing between different from and different than, or whether to use between or among. Precise Edit: I’m not convinced about your #2. There’s no necessity to ban prepositions from the end of sentences. Yes, that’s the fourth edition from 2000, but the quoted language is unchanged from first edition in 1959 (see page 64). But, not for all. Another example is given below. Is that authoritative? Reducing the number of preposition used in a sentence not only make it easier for the reader to grasp, but it also improves the writing style. As a teaching assistant, I found that the power of this injunction asserted itself time and again: the student essays I corrected bore the traces of my abiding belief that those who engage in proper academic writing do not—should not—dangle their prepositions. Grammatically, both example sentences are exactly the same. >> She brought me a box. Ex: changes to the global economy >> global economic changes, 2. As I eventually learned, however, the choice to end a sentence with a preposition is just that: a choice, not an error to be avoided at all costs. You can read more about ending sentences with a preposition on the Oxford Dictionaries blog. Instead of “Their attempt to justify the expense was unsuccessful,” write “They failed to justify the expense.” This simplifies the sentence even more, too. Before coming to the MLA, she worked as a freelance copyeditor, translator, and German-language teacher. In this case, by restructuring the sentence you can remove that preposition from the end. 2013). Informācija par jūsu ierīci un interneta savienojumu, tostarp jūsu IP adrese, Pārlūkošanas un meklēšanas darbības Verizon Media tīmekļa vietņu un lietotņu lietošanas laikā. Therefore, putting it at the end of the sentence is considered incorrect. Misusing prepositions is an easy problem to fix. Great post Mark, I have to admit it took me a while to get over some of the prepositions I used as a crutch but there are sometimes I tend to forget. It has an object, a noun, or a pronoun. Most of us would never speak these stiff, over-formal versions: About whom are you talking? The preposition should go before the noun or pronoun which acts as its object. One exception: Treaties are made between nations, even if more than two countries sign: The treaty to outlaw bubble gum was negotiated between Libya, the United States, Russia, and Ecuador. After all, the MoUS is written by students. If you have a question for the MLA’s editors, submit it to Ask the MLA!