Ending Sentences With Prepositions

I know this topic was visited earlier in a blog but there seems to be no improvement in either the formal or informal education regarding the matter that would lead to more correct phrasing of statements and questions. I know most readers realize that a preposition governs or precedes a noun (hence the term pre- , which means coming before) although many place a preposition after the noun. That action is gain the topic of this post.

I was recently watching a police program, based on reality, which usually engenders perhaps pity in me as to the plight of the alleged criminals. It also engenders wonder in me as to why one would live a life of crime or one that may lead to an arrest for some violation of an ordnance or law. But perhaps one who is careless with his or her patterns of speech may also concurrently be careless in constructing sentences! (You think?)

In several situations where policepersons were interacting with individuals afoul of the law,  prepositions were placed at the end of a sentence (see following examples). The use of a police program does not insinuate that I don’t think most policepersons use correct grammar (this program was a handy source for material). One interloper was asked, “Where are you coming from?” rather than “Where were you prior to my stopping you?” Another was, “Where are you heading to” rather than, “Where are you heading?” Another question was, “At 8 PM, where were you at?” Winston Churchill, as a tongue in cheek quip, stated, “A preposition is a good thing to end a sentence with!” Of course, ‘with’ is a preposition. So, a bit of thought or just practice in properly phrasing one’s questions and statements would obviate this error of speech.

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