Is it ever appropriate to use a transitive verb at the end of a sentence? Specifically, the sentence that I'm considering is one that ends in "... [someone] will update [a thing] as changes in [other things] necessitate".

I know that it can be reworked, but I'm curious if the sentence above is valid from a grammar standpoint.

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    Yes, but more idiomatic would be: as changes to x are needed.or as changes require.
    – Lambie
    Apr 29 '20 at 15:57
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    All I know is that you should never use a preposition to end a sentence with.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 29 '20 at 16:01
  • Oh, come on @Hot Licks, you know perfectly well that a sentence is one of the few things a preposition can end. Apr 29 '20 at 16:39
  • @EdwinAshworth - Actually, in the US a number of sentences end with execution.
    – Hot Licks
    Apr 29 '20 at 17:31
  • Yes, it's quite normal for a clause to end with a transitive verb. Very often the missing object is recoverable from some other expression located earlier in the clause. In your example the object is understood as "updates".
    – BillJ
    Apr 29 '20 at 18:55

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