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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (February 11, 2008)

Breaking the Rules! The Pesky Ending Preposition

"He gave her what she longed for." Perhaps a ring, a bouquet of flowers, especially since Valentine's Day is this week.

But many grammarians would argue that the sentence is incorrect. Instead, we should write, "He gave her that for which she longed." Sound funny? Yes, and not even much like English.

So, although it is often a good idea to avoid placing a preposition at the end of a sentence, use your good sense to avoid creating tortured and hard-to-read prose.


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