I am confused about this sentence because it ends in a preposition, something that I thought was not really grammatically correct:

Can we get this over with?

In addition, I haven't found a restatement that would solve this issue. Things like the following don't seem to make sense:

This can we get over
Over with get this
With get this over

So my questions are:
1. Is there a problem with the sentence?
2. What part of speech is "with"?

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    2. With is a preposition, as you state yourself. 1. Ending a sentence with a preposition is perfectly grammatical and has been discussed before. 3. Rewriting advice is off-topic here.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 0:10
  • 'Over' is a preposition, too. If it really bothers you, how about "Can we get this over with now?" ?
    – Mitch
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 0:46
  • 3
    "This is the sort of arrant pedantry up with which I shall not put!"
    – MetaEd
    Commented Feb 12, 2012 at 0:49

2 Answers 2

  1. There is no problem with this phrase - it is idiomatic English.

  2. With is part of the compound adjective over with. To be over with means to be finished. As far as I know, it's only ever used with the verb be.

  3. It's fine as it is. You could say "Can we get this finished?".


Well, if you really want to, you can rewrite it as:

Over with can we get this?

but you end up sounding like you're chanelling Yoda.

So thank you for providing an excellent refutation of the "never end a sentence with a preposition" rule. Next time somebody tries to tell me how to speak English, I'll take a deep breath and say, "Okay. Over with let us get this..." :-)

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