Thursday, April 18, 2013
(originally posted March 2012) ...
I was taught in high school (a gazillion years ago) to never end a sentence with a preposition. Okay. It requires effort, but it is very possible. Nonetheless, best-selling authors leaving those little critters at the end of sentences all the time.
Then I read Strunk & White (I know ... I quote their advice like it's the Bible):
"Years ago, students were warned not to end a sentence with a preposition; time, of course, has softened that rigid decree. Not only is the proposition acceptable at the end, sometimes it is more effective in that spot than anywhere else" (THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE, pp.77-78).
What do you think?
Do you even care where writers place their prepositions?
Or do you just want to read a great plot?