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Re: Some questions...

From:Michael Poxon <m.poxon@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 6, 2002, 15:29
Prepositions at the end of a sentence? Well, it used to be taught that you weren't supposed
to do that, but it was only a result of the "great" British public school
system which decided that because you couldn't end a sentence with a
preposition in Latin, then you shouldn't in English either! The best known
example of syntax-mangling as a result of trying to make English grammar
conform to a foreign form is probably "This is nonsense up with which I shall
not put"!
 Now, I'm not directing this question to anyone in particular, but I've been
following this thread and there's something that's bothering me. Are we talking
about the way we speak English everyday when we're slapping these prepositions
on the end of sentences? I know a lot of people do it all the time, but in
formal English grammar.isn't that against the rules?


  I was taught that it's incorrect to say "Where do you live at?"


  And I do understand the implication of a preposition when you leave it off.