Okay, the gloves are off!
I got a couple of comments on two of my recent posts, so I’m going to give my rebuttal, but in a friendly way. John writes that in regard to my post about ending a sentence with a preposition, that it’s widely accepted to end a sentence with a preposition.
That may be, John, but the Bartleby source you cited says that it is largely regional to add a preposition at the end of a question, (specifically, at).
When where is used to refer to the place at which an event or a situation is located, the use of at is widely regarded as regional or colloquial. So unless you want to convey the flavor of speech, write Where is the station not Where is the station at.
I think that the misuse of the preposition, unless it is intentional to idicate the flavor of the speaker’s voice, makes the writer sound not only uneducated, but also ill-educated. This is only my opinion, though; I had the rule embedded in my mind at an early age so there is nothing you can say which will change my mind!
Regarding dangling prepositions, I stand unmoved; there is no need to say “the dog jumped off of the couch,” when you mean, “the dog jumped off the couch.” A dangling P, as it is called, simply adds pen or keystrokes for no purpose. It doesn’t change the meaning either way, and, as I already said, only adds legnth, which could become helpful if writing for a class or somewhere that there’s a minimum word-count you have to make before publication.
Thank you, John, for your comments. But I agree to disagree with you about the point of ending sentences (or questions, for that matter) with a preposition.
How ’bout it?
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