Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Prepositions, ending with

  1. When I consulted Black's Law Dictionary, I could not find the word for which I was looking.
  2. The contract required Williamson to pay $3000, but it did not say to whom he should make the payment.
  3. If you represent health-care providers, section 282 contains key regulations of which you should be aware.

Your writing would sound more natural and would be more crisp and vigorous if you would write these instead:
  1. When I consulted Black's Law Dictionary, I could not find the word I was looking for.
  2. The contract required Williamson to pay $3000, but it did not say who he should make the payment to.
  3. If you represent health-care providers, Section 282 contains key regulations you should be aware of.
But even if you choose to avoid ending sentences with prepositions, do not impose that mythical rule on others.

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