Grammar is a tricky subject. For most of us, we tend to throw it out the window. Who cares if you end a sentence with a preposition, or use the wrong sentence arrangement?
One of my big issues is that I tend to split infinitives all the time. Some people feel that this is not a very important grammar rule, but I’m not sure. Basically, a split infinitive is where you separate the action part of the verb from the verb. For example, “I want to go to the store immediately,” is the correct version. “I want to immediately go to the store” is the split version. But that is a topic for another day.
Today’s topic is whether you feel it is right to end sentences with prepositions. Some people do, some people don’t. If I am writing something formal, I usually try to avoid prepositions. If I am just writing casually, or speaking, I tend to leave them at the end of sentences if it seems like more work to remove them.
Traditionally, a preposition is supposed to act like a linking bridge between phrases. He ate the carrots in the garden. She swallowed the fly on the bridge. They went to the market down the road.
Now, however, a lot of people use them at the end of sentences. Where are you at (my least favorite phrase)? Count me in. Put your shoes on. Normally, these phrases come from assumptions that there is more to the sentence, such as, “put your shoes on your feet.”
Usually, it is easy to add on to the sentence to remove the preposition and eliminate the error. But like I said before, I typically only do it in formal styles. Other than trying to never say (look, a split infinitive) “where are you at” I leave them alone when speaking.
So, how do you feel about prepositions? Do you avoid them? Or do you not care where they are?