Posted by: Jack Henry | January 25, 2016

Editor’s Corner: Where are you?

We’ve talked about ending a sentence with a preposition, but this topic still comes up several times a year. Some grammarians claim it is never allowed, while we, and many others, disagree. Our general attitude here is that if ending a sentence with a preposition is clearer and less stilted, you should go with it.

For example:

· Who are you giving that pocket knife to? (Nice and easy.)

· To whom are you giving that pocket knife? (What are you, a butler on Downton Abbey?)

(For more information on the topic, including Winston Churchill’s famous quote, see Your Dictionary.)

Today, however, I’d like to bring up a specific example that has made a few of us peevish, and that is this question: Where are you at? In this case, it is completely unnecessary to add the word at to the end of the sentence. “Where are you?” is clear by itself and is the correct way to ask someone where they are.

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

619-542-6773 | Ext: 766773

Symitar Documentation Services

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