Re: Ending a sentence with a preposition... (REPOST)

John Wilkins (
Tue, 08 Aug 1995 10:53:17 +1000

In article <3vqvml$>, (Xcott Craver) wrote:

: A repost of DumDum's article, for reasons that are difficult to
: explain at this point....
[suggestions about why sentence-ending propositions are oK in English]

I seem to recall that the injunction against this was due to someone
(Coleridge?) in the late 18thC who said that "whenever I am unsure what
the proper form of a sentence should be, I recast it in Latin" or
something similar. It is because Latin, not English, forbids prepositions
at the end, that we ever heard of this "rule".

I'm with Churchill on this one.

John "Chris" Wilkins, Assoc. Prof. of Recent Runes, Uni of Ediacara
(Also: Head of Communication Services, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)
What the Gospels actually said was: don't kill anyone until you are absolutely sure they aren't well connected - Vonnegurt, Slaughterhouse 5