I've been told not to end a sentence with a preposition, but I'm not sure how to correct this sentence:

I’m curious what you think the percentage is.

I don't like the "is" at the end of the sentence. Would the following be better?

I'm curious what you think is the percentage.

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    Your first example is the correct one, though it does not end with a prep, but with the auxiliary verb "is". – BillJ Sep 30 '18 at 15:15
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    As I said before, the first sentence is the correct (or at least the usual) one. Incidentally, the element "what you think the percentage is" is a subordinate interrogative clause (embedded question). – BillJ Sep 30 '18 at 15:20
  • Thanks @BillJ. I think you've answered my question. I thought the first way was somehow frowned upon. I guess I was wrong. :) – Sean McCarthy Sep 30 '18 at 15:25
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    I think the preposition: 'curious about...', would help guide the reader/listener into the second clause, although omitting it is colloquial. – Robin Betts Sep 30 '18 at 15:30
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    That's not a preposition. "Is" is a verb. This question is essentially a duplicate of this one. – Laurel Sep 30 '18 at 16:28

The corrected sentence reads:

"I am curious as to what you think the percentage is."

Ending with a preposition is not a hard and fast rule.

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  • You don't say what is incorrect in the original. Corrections should be supported with authoritative sources. Is the original ungrammatical? Or is this more a matter of style? – Phil Sweet Oct 1 '18 at 2:17

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