Is a Preposition the Perfect Thing to End a Sentence With?

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And neither is it the perfect thing with which to end a question. How do I know this? Because my mother drilled good grammar into me! (Remember the charge to parents in the previous lesson on pronouns?)

Here is a conversation that I remember clearly:

The child GG: Where’s the newspaper at?
Mother: Right before the “at!”

I posed the question in that way only a very few times before I grew tired of that response and learned to rephrase as: Where’s the newspaper?

Admittedly, in casual conversation it can seem frustratingly awkward to ensure that every preposition is followed by an appropriate “object.” Nonetheless, here are some practice examples for you to reword.

1) The teacher wants to know where we’re at with our group assignment.
2) That scarf is the obvious choice to accessorize her sweater with.
3) He doesn’t understand what all the fuss is for.
4) What do you think he’s aiming at with this line of questioning?
5) She doesn’t know what address to send the package to.
6) His idea isn’t worth the piece of paper it’s  written on.

Possible re-wordings:
1) The teacher wants to know where we are with our group assignment.
2) That scarf is the obvious choice with which to accessorize her sweater.
3a) He doesn’t understand what all the fuss is.
3b) He doesn’t understand the reason for all the fuss.
4) At what do you think he’s aiming with this line of questioning?
5) She doesn’t know to what address to send the package.
6) His idea isn’t worth the piece of paper on which it’s written.

So, where are you at with this whole business of improving your grammar?

GROAN

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