Context: I have received a feedback request for an interview process. The company didn't offer me the job, but I appreciate their approach in requesting feedback, so I am inclined to provide it. However, I'm not sure it's anonymous and I'd like to express some criticism, but I also would like to not be excluded from a possible recruiting process in the future because of my opinions. I told someone the following sentence:

I am reluctant to express negative feedback to someone whose door I might knock on again in the future.

They (native speaker) corrected me saying:

... whose door I might cross ...

Which version do you prefer?


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    There's nothing wrong with the original. Mar 20, 2021 at 12:15
  • @KillingTime thanks!
    – Tamaz
    Mar 20, 2021 at 12:18
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    Note that "crossing ones doorstep" is a somewhat archaic idiom with roughly the same meaning as "cross paths".
    – Hot Licks
    Mar 20, 2021 at 13:10
  • @HotLicks interesting, thank you!
    – Tamaz
    Mar 21, 2021 at 15:08

1 Answer 1


“On whose door I might knock” is correct. It is better not to end with a preposition.

Native speakers don’t cross a door, at least in my neck of the woods, unless they want to give the door a special blessing.

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    thanks a lot! FYI I can't upvote your answer, I got this msg: Votes cast by those with less than 15 reputation are recorded, but do not change the publicly displayed post score.
    – Tamaz
    Mar 20, 2021 at 12:19
  • @Tamaz I will do it for you. RealYZ is correct, as are other comments.
    – Anton
    Mar 20, 2021 at 18:25
  • @Anton thank you! :)
    – Tamaz
    Mar 21, 2021 at 15:08

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