Writing Essentials - Tips and Techniques

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9. Ending With Prepositions

This is a very difficult topic to discuss because this can often be retaliated with correct usages. However, many sentences will not and should not end with prepositions.

Take a look at this example.

Where will the party be at?

"Where" and "at" already indicate a location. We already know that "Where" creates a question, so that word cannot be omitted. We only need enough that provides as much information needed, and having too much information for one thing becomes verbose. Therefore, we can conclude that "at" can be omitted.

Where will the party be?

Note that you can also finish the sentence completely hereafter.

Where will the party be held?

Just to review, a preposition is a word or phrase that indicates location for a subject or an object.

My dog jumped onto the table.

I hid underneath the table.

We should meet up at 1 PM.

Raindrops are falling from the sky.

The table was in between me and my dog.

 

Prepositions should rarely fall at the end of the sentence, regardless how 'unique' you want your sentences to be constructed. Sentences that end with prepositions tend to be redundant and often very annoying to read.

To remember when and how a preposition can be correctly placed at the end of a sentence is to pay attention to the number of prepositions (location words) found in the sentence.

Where do you need to go to?

There are two location words in this sentence. We already know that "Where" creates the sentence referring to location, but "to" also refers to location, the preposition.

If we were to omit "Where", it will leave us with:

Do you need to go to?

That makes no sense. How about:

Do you need to go?

No, thank you.

See? "Where" is needed, but "to" is not. If there is a location word, there is no need for a preposition. Likewise, if there is already a preposition, there is no need for another one.

 

Prepositions Are Not Always Prepositions

Just when you thought it was easy, it just got harder. There are many sentences that accept prepositions at the end of them, but these rules are very strict. You are allowed to use a preposition at the end only when there is no other preposition that follows the common flow of grammar.

Here are two examples.

It has already been written on.

What did you write on?

There is no way you can write this better without changing the context of the two sentences. Attempting to do so will disrupt the flow of regular English grammar.

Take a look.

On it has already been written.

Huh?

It has on it been written already.

 

What?

On what did you write?

Umm...

Did you write on what?

I wrote on paper, but you still sound weird.

No matter how hard you try, nothing is more decent than the first two examples given. As long as there are no more than two prepositional phrases in one simple sentence, you should be fine. To further understand using prepositions at the end of the sentence, simply omit the preposition, and see how the sentence sounds.

What is going on?

What is going?

Notice the ambiguity happening in the second sentence.

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