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Myth: Never End a Sentence with a Preposition

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Oct 4, 2011 5:30:00 AM

The notion that ending a sentence with a preposition is grammatical heresy was originally advanced more than three centuries ago by the venerated English poet and essayist John Dryden. Dryden, a Latin scholar, based his view on the fact that prepositions are never found at the end of sentences written in Latin. And given Dryden's reputation, it is no surprise that his sentiments forged their way into the grammar texts of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and eventually into the grammar classrooms of the twentieth century.

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Topics: preposition, prepositions, preposition at end of sentence

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