Is it OK to end a sentence with a preposition?

Where are you from? πŸ˜…
From where are you? 😬

People get themselves in knots trying to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition.

Roy Peter Clark comes up with three magic words you can add to avoid this.

Audiobook The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark
Audiobook, The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark

So that you don’t have to face the horror 😱 of ‘from’ being the last word of your question, you could always add these three magic words:

Where are you from, you pompous ass?


Who says grammar can’t be fun!

By the way, there is no rule about ending a sentence with a preposition. You can use the words of, from, in, and so on at the end of your sentence. You may choose not to as a way to elevate the formality of your sentence. But it’s not the law. No one will smite you over what you choose to end your sentence with. (See what I did there?)

Churchill supposedly said: “This is the type of errant pedantry up with which I will not put.”

If you want an editor who knows myths from conventions, look no further. Grammar and punctuation are there to help, not hinder. We all know by now that commas save lives — ‘Let’s eat, Grandma’ versus ‘Let’s eat Grandma’ — and I’ll make sure that what you say is what you mean, but there’ll be no peeving.

Want to end a sentence with a preposition? Go for it.

πŸ“© I have one more space for March 2023, otherwise I’m booking for April 2023 onwards. Get in touch to snap up an Easter edit.

Published by clairecherryedits Indie Fiction Specialist. Line Editing. Copy Editing. Proofreading.

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