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How can I phrase this sentence so that it doesn't end in a preposition?

Whenever possible, I like to avoid ending sentences with prepositions because some people can be very picky about it. However, I am struggling with this one sentence in particular: "The hypothesis ...
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How many words does a Period entail?

What is the minimum number of words that need to be observed for the last word to be punctuated with a period? For instance, I have a Topic/Label with 4 words that reads like a sentence ("Dialog ...
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Can I end a sentence with “is”? [duplicate]

I am writing a research paper and intend to write this sentence : Even a cursory reading of the news reveals how grossly inaccurate that assumption is. Is that an accurate and appropriate ...
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What is the best way to describe a “bad legacy”?

I am writing a thesis on the negative effects of the British Rule in India. Currently, my thesis is this: Although the British Rule in India did help to advance India and its citizens in a few ways, ...
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Which punctuation should be used before extra information at the end of a sentence?

I have a question regarding punctuation. Please consider the following sentence: In 2010, he became CEO of the company [punctuation?] a position he still holds today. I'm wondering which ...
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Let me know when the official time and date of the meeting are/is?

Which is the correct sentence? Let me know when the official time and date of the meeting are when determined and I will be there! Let me know when the official time and date of the meeting is when ...
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Which symbols can end a sentence? [closed]

I am wondering, in the context of a computer processing text, which characters or combination of characters can end an English sentence. A question mark, exclamation mark and period are the most ...
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Is it considered correct usage to end sentences with “is” or "are?

Sometimes, we need to end sentences with "is" or "are" to avoid repetition, but is it correct in formal language? For example: Only error-free documents are taken seriously. I will make sure yours ...
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What does the word “already” mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

As I watched a TV series, I heard the following sentence: Will you fix your marriage or get a divorce already? I can't figure out what "already" means at the end of the sentence. I suppose ...
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Can you end a sentence with 'so' in this way?

For example, "Why do you love him so?" If you can, under what circumstances are you allowed to use it? I don't see it used often, so if it the usage is allowed, would I be correct in assuming it's an ...
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Can there be a statement ending with a single uppercase letter except 'I'? [closed]

There can be a statement ending with a single uppercase letter "I". Example: You and I. Can there be a statement ending with a single uppercase letter except 'I'? like A. B. C. till Z. The last ...
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“I'll go with the candidate I'm used to” or “I'll go with the candidate to whom I am used?”

I'll go with the candidate I'm used to. I get that this is colloquial, but, c'mon. Ending a sentence with a preposition? However, is the alternative correct? I'll go with the candidate to whom I ...
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Is this an another case of inversion or peculiar word order? Is it grammatical?

I have encountered in several instances, especially in some books where there are colloquial dialogues being used, that there are quite a few sentences that I would say sound rather peculiar owing to ...
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Choosing the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph

The sentences given below, when properly sequenced, form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. I have to choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices ...
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Can I use “too” at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Can I use "too" at the end of a sentence? For example: They will guide in your interaction with family, friends, associates and loved-ones in a way that is healthy for you and all that you are ...
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Quotations and Exclamation Marks [duplicate]

I am writing an email reply and want to confirm if the punctuation below is correct. * In response to your question, if it is available, my answer is “yes!" * EDIT: Also, should the exclamation ...
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Ungrammatical: “Half the boys jumped, but only a quarter of the girls did.”?

I'm writing a scientific paper and my coauthor claims that ending a sentence with "did" is ungrammatical. The sentence has the following form: Half the boys jumped, but only a quarter of the girls ...
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(allegedly) ungrammatical preposition stranding [duplicate]

Certain types of preposition-stranding are considered by some linguists to be "ungrammatical" in English, even though they do not seem remotely strange to me (an English speaker). I'm not talking ...
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Alternative to ending an sentence with “contribute to”

I have a bad habit of leaving ending sentences with prepositions. I'm inclined to write: Two communities I'm working to contribute to Is there a phrasing, and possibly a grammatical rule, that ...
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“…and all would have to be accounted for.” Improper sentence ending at 'for'. Please suggest alternative [duplicate]

I have this statement that I do not want to end at 'for' (I read somewhere that it is improper to end at 'for'). The problem is hard as there are many sources of failures, and all would have to ...
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Is it ok to end sentences with a possessive apostrophe?

I heard it's not appropriate to end a sentence with possessive apostrophe. For example: Jon has a great dog. I want one just like Jon's. Or If you want your own, similar to Jon's, then trade me ...
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Can you end a sentence with 'hence'?

Pretentiousness/archaism aside, does the sentence Any changes that were made have been detailed hence. make sense? The context would be that the descriptions of changes would be found in the ...
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Can a sentence end in “left”

Which is the correct phrase: You have 5 days left of your trial. or: You have 5 days of your trial left.
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“X is not dead, it just smells so” [closed]

From what I've found the typical form of this phrase is X is not dead, it just smells that way. Can "that way" be replaced with a so in such a position? X is not dead, it just smells so.
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Using 'certainly' at the end of a sentence — what is the correct punctuation and what is the construction called?

Consider this construction: Certainly, I will see you tomorrow. The word 'certainly' constitutes an introductory phrase, and the appropriate punctuation to use is a comma. (AFAIK). Now, consider ...
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Use of colon before reasons

If we say something has advantages over something else, should we write ":" before the reasons or not? For example, A has advantages over B: The value of A is more than B and… or A has ...
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Can I put the question word “where” at the end of a question? [closed]

I got this sentence from a Primary 5 student's worksheet. According to this passage, this creature can be found where? Some of the parents think that the sentence should be "..., where can this ...
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Using a period… the mean way?

Should you put a period after one-word "sentences?" For example, my boss frequently emails me this way: Name. Content content content. Thanks. It feels very angry, rude, and standoffish ...
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“for which 'blah blah'” vs. “which 'blah blah' for” [duplicate]

When is it appropriate to use "for which" instead of "which .. for"? e.g. (talking about webpages) This method is useful for deprecated pages for which users have made bookmarks vs This method ...
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Is “Where is your mother at?” grammatical? [duplicate]

When querying: Where is your mother at? Is that considered to be proper English language usage? Alternatively, you could just state more simply: Where is your mother? Is adding the trailing ...
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Is there an exception to the prohibition against ending a sentence with “ ’s ” at work here?

The ’s can be used as a contraction representing a weak, unstressed word that is not pronounced. It allegedly cannot occur in sentence final position. She is not ready, but he is. She’s not ...
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Proper term for “ending punctuation”?

Proper English sentences can end with various types of punctuation characters: periods ("."), question-marks ("?"), exclamations ("!"), etc. Is there a proper terminology for these kinds of sentence-...
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“This helps us how?” vs. “How does this help us?”

In the sci-fi movie Inception by Christopher Nolan, in the first level of dreaming, they kidnap Cilian Murphy and Tom Hardy tries to get some information from him, by impersonating Browning, his uncle....
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Usage of the phrase “ just because” at the end of sentences

Usually, because links the premise and the conclusion. But there is one usage of the word I come across often, not in contemporary writings but older works. These are of the form: "[subject did ...
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How else should I avoid using “under” at the end of the sentence [closed]

Although it's acceptable to use prepositions at the end of the sentence, it's not favorable to grammarians or grammar teachers. How else could I rephrase the question: Which license are airplan ...
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Is it right to use comma before “here”?

Members of parliament can criticize other members, here. Note the comma after members and before here. In this particular case, is it okay? Or should the comma not be there?
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Difference between: Also, too and as well [duplicate]

I understand that the correct usage of also is with a verb: She was smart, she also studied so much. However, my trouble is with too and as well, I have been reading and I just found that as well ...
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Is this ellipsis grammatical?

Which of these sentence constructions is correct? The only difference is the last word. Sometimes questioning others' assumptions is not the hardest part of being an activist; the hardest part ...
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“Not so much” at the end of a sentence

I've occasionally seen "not so much" used at the end of a sentence. For example, Jeff Atwood saying Some community feedback is useful. Others, not so much. Doing a symbolhound search for "not so ...
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Sentences that end in “with” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition? If I can't end a sentence with the preposition "with", does this mean that the following sentences are grammatically ...
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Correct sentence ending: X asked, “Y?”

Is it correct to use sentences in the following format? X asked, “...?”. That is, a simple interrogative sentence enclosed within quotes followed by a period. Which is the correct sentence? ...
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Statement ending in “should”

Is this statement constructed correctly? So because of their compatibility they were able to work closely together as a strong team should Particularly, is it OK for it to end in should? If not, ...
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“If you don't do it, I'll”. Why does that sentence feel so awkward? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there some rule against ending a sentence with the contraction “it’s”? Earlier today while writing a very informal email, I expressed: If you don't do it, I will. Upon ...
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Is it grammatical to finish a sentence with “also”?

In the following text, I wonder if it's grammatical to finish the sentence with also. it does sound weird to me. The sentence sound incomplete somehow and makes the audience wait for more. Here ...
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Can there be two consecutive dots at the end of the sentence? [closed]

What to do, when the sentence ends with an abbreviation. For example: The following results are by Deb et al. or The following results are by Deb et al.. Are two consecutive dots ok?
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Is there a rule forbidding the use of “is” at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Is there any justification for using “is” at the end of an English sentence, or is there a rule that forbids this?
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Can you grammatically end a sentence with “with”?

Do you want to come with? Can I come with? I seem to hear this construction more often in recent years, but it still grates on my ear. I know it's often said that one shouldn't end a sentence ...
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You are in Jonathan’s circles: “too” or “as well” or “also”?

I just read on Google+ that: You are in Jonathan’s circles too But I always thought that you couldn't use too there. Am I wrong? (because Google can't be wrong, right?)
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Proper usage of 'if so' in a sentence

I have used a sentence today like below but not sure I used if so correctly here; Additionally, we could make your booking via e-mail if you prefer to proceed that way. Please let us know if ...
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Ending a sentence with an abbreviation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Punctuation around abbreviations When a sentence ends with an abbreviation, should there be two periods or one? Welcome to ACME Inc. We are glad to have you on board. ...