Ending a sentence with a preposition

It is not always wrong to end a sentence with a preposition. At times, the preposition need to be at the end of a sentence, especially when the alternative of not ending with a preposition causes confusion or affects the meaning of the sentence. However, it should be avoided whenever it is possible to rewrite the sentence in order to convey a clear meaning.

 

The following sentences ending with a preposition are acceptable

 

Examples:

  • It is a trivial matter and not worth arguing about.
  • With the new family, she is being well looked after.
  • Which size are you looking for?

  • Is that the hospital where he was born in?
  • He was not someone you will want to talk to.

  • He is my only friend whom I often go out with.

 

The following sentences ending a preposition are acceptable but can be avoided

 

Examples:

  • The visiting team is difficult to play against.

    It is difficult to play against the visiting team.

  • Which part of the body was he shot at?

    He was shot at which part of the body?

  • The two of us tried to fight three robbers off.

    The two of us tried to fight off three robbers.