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"the girl with the red dress on" — What licenses the preposition "on"? What does it function as?

an example: the girl with the red dress on Is "on" a dangling/stranded preposition? If it is, then what's its object? What licenses "on"? What does "on" function as?
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Why can a sentence finish in a preposition? [duplicate]

I've seen a lot of sentences that finish in a preposition. For example, She never took a taxi, even though she could afford to. Why isn't this sentence like this? She never took a taxi, even though ...
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Sentence-final Title of Work with Terminal Punctuation

[I am sure this question has been asked here before but I couldn't find anything - so please point me in the right direction!] If I have a (italicised) title of a work that features some terminal ...
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Informal Australian use of "as" at the end of a sentence

In Australia I have heard expressions such as “It's fully stressful as.” and “All are really skux(?) as.” What is the meaning or force of this use of “as” at the end of a sentence?
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Sentence-final contractions [duplicate]

There are some pieces of inflection like the genitive marker that can attach to phrases (cf. [The man in the hall]’s taste in wallpaper is appalling) and so they sometimes behave like a contraction. ...
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Is it correct if I complete a sentence with "Before"?

I'm asking for the correct format of this sentence: My friend: "Can we go for a walk?" Me: "Sorry, but I have a python course and I need to complete it before". Is it correct to ...
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Use of "put something in" vs "in which to put something" [duplicate]

What is the rule or the error involving, for example; I need a box to put my groceries in. vs I need a box in which to put my groceries.
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Can I use an ellipsis (three dots) when I'm about to tell a story?

Consider the following sentence: So how this method is useful, you might say. Here's the story. and then I'm telling the story from a new paragraph. So my question is can I use an ellipsis at the ...
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Is the sentence "we don't need to be what they want us to" correct without the "be" in the end?

The formal way to say the sentence would be "we don't need to be what they want us to be", but would it be acceptable and understandable in colloquial language (eg in a song) to say "we ...
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Punctuating questions containing questions [duplicate]

For example, ‘Did you just ask, “Why me?”?’, Rita Queried I know using two question marks is not right, but is this sentence right? Because both are questions.
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Using a transitive verb at the end of a sentence

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 ...
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Why is a comma required before "though" at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Why is it that when we use "though" at the end of a sentence, a comma is needed? For example, take the sentence "Good punctuation helps, though." Why is it incorrect to say "...
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Can / Should you begin *and* end a sentence with a preposition

Here's the phrase in question which originally ended with a preposition: Who is the client currently residing with? A way to rephrase to put the proposition at the beginning would be: ...
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Comma before "now" at end of sentence [closed]

Which is correct in modern day grammar (email context)? I am reviewing this, now. I am reviewing this now.
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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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Can I have a comma followed by a word at the end of a sentence?

Consider: During this time of self-reflection, King was introduced to the teachings of a man who fought on the other side of the world, Gandhi. Is it legal to include a comma between "world" and ...
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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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Comma usage near end of sentence

I have recently learned that it is okay to have a sentence appear as such, "I have seen that movie more than anyone ever has, or ever will, and it has never stopped being funny to me." The "or ever ...
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Why is there a comma at the end of this Sentence?

Why is there a comma after palate in the sentence below? Many dairy foods come in low-fat version, and though not all of them may be pleasing to the palate, some are.
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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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"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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Comma before "either" at end of this sentence

Please help me determine whether or not to include a comma at the end of the third sentence: "I won't be talking to my ex at the party tonight." -"But what if she talks to you?" "I won't ...
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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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Is it acceptable to put "at least" at the end of the sentence without a comma?

When I am using at least at the end of the sentence, is a comma required as below? I was trying to practice my skills, at least. Or is it fine without a comma? I was trying to practice my ...
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Is "too, once" or "once, too" correct?

Is "too, once" or "once, too" correct? Or can we just simply choose one of those 2 words? Do we need to use comma? Here's the sentence: "You did it to me (too, once) / (once, too)." Thanks!
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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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Can you end a multi-sentence quotation with a comma?

This is correct: "Rats," he said. But this looks wrong to me: "I left the oven on. Rats," he said. I can't find any rules about whether you can end a quotation with a comma when there are periods ...
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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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comma before "though" when ending a sentence — is it necessary? [duplicate]

Two Oxford dictionaries contradict each other (see below). In your opinion, is it necessary to use a comma before though when it ends a sentence? Oxford Dictionary of English I was hunting ...
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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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Commas around 'Too' [duplicate]

I see it both ways with a comma before a sentence-ending 'too' and a comma on each side of 'too' when it's the second word in a sentence. Are these commas really needed? Would you personally use them? ...
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In my example, comma or no comma before the word respectively?

In the graph for all arrests, and DUI arrests, the effect of the MLDA is about 125 and 50 increase in arrests rate respectively. I personally think no comma should be put before the word ...
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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 to ...
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Comma at the end of a sentence?

Is it correct to use a comma before the word "correct" in the following sentences: You get in tonight, correct? Or her name is Mary, correct? If so, what's the rule for this?
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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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