17th-Century British poet and inventor of the rule banishing terminal prepositions.
Meaning of 'preposito.' One reason the poet felt a preposition should never end a sentence.
Prepositions never ended a sentence in this language. This was a second reason the poet cited.
Language based reason terminal preposition advocates use to argue they ought not to be done away with.
Usage based reason terminal preposition advocates use to argue they ought not to be done away with.
Following are a series of examples from great writers who used the terminal preposition. Pick the preposition that properly fills the blank. Press Canadien to continue. (Yes, it was a lame distractor for the language question.)
Shakespeare Fly to others that we know not _____.
Francis Bacon Houses are built to live in, not to look _____.
John Milton What a fine conformity would it starch us all _____.
James Russell Lowell ...soil good to be born on, good to live on, good to die for, and to be buried _____.
Henry Ward Beecher All words are pegs to hang ideas _____.
Winston Churchill on being 'corrected' by an editor: This is the sort of arrant pedantry up _____ which I will not put!
Then there is the joke about the prisoner who asks a female guard to marry him on the condition that she help him escape. This is a man attempting to use a proposition to end a sentence _____.
Then there's the one about the little boy who has just gone to bed when his father comes into the room carrying a book about Australia. Surprised, the boy asks What did you bring that book that I didn't want to be read to out of from about Down Under up _____?
And finally, a three-parter: click Australian to continue
Public school student turns to a private school student, and asks What school are you _____?
Private schooler says, I happen to attend an institution _____ which we are taught to know better than to conclude sentences with prepositions.
Public schooler says, OK. What school are you _____, dingbat? (or some such word.)