Ending with Prepositions?

Classic Grammar-Bully Nonsense

Grammar bullies often cite some anonymous teacher or professor as the source for the immutable rules of grammar and usage they try to enforce.

I say that's never useful. I want a reason for the rule, not a cheap ipse dixit from some phantom from your past. A good source will explain why a rule is or is not useful; grammar bully sources typically do not.

Take this classic grammar-bully favorite: Never end a sentence in a preposition.

Grammar bullies cannot explain why this rule is necessary. It's nothing more than a shibboleth of conformity, something those in the know know not to do, something to stand on to promote the illusion of superiority. If you were to follow the gossip chain from your grammar bully's teacher back to its origins, you'd find its roots in this awful fetish we once had with Latin.

So what source do I recommend to explain why we should not join in this affectation? Emily Brewster, associate editor at Merriam-Webster. See her video for what I think is the best discussion of the issue and get Emily's personal blessing to end sentences in prepositions.

And stop beating yourself (and others) up over it. It's a bogus rule.


I may cringe when you end certain sentences featuring where with the preposition at, but I'll defend to the first hint of discomfort your right to say it.

This article satisfies Squid Commo Objective (SCO) #1

- Provide protection from grammar bullies