As a rule, you should try not to end a sentence with a Preposition (in, on, at, by, for, to, with etc.),
so do not write or say :
“When I leave the office, I turn my computer off”,
but rather :
“When I leave the office, I turn off my computer”.
I recently heard a story in which an intelligent and smart Afro-American from a poor neighbourhood
was accepted to the prestigious University of Harvard.
On his first day, he approached two more typical Harvard students and asked them, in his rather ghetto-style English :
“Say, do you know where the library is at ?”
One of them answered in a very patronizing way :
“Here at Harvard we do not end our sentences with prepositions.”
The new Afro-American student thought for a couple of seconds and then asked again,
this time making sure the sentence did not end with a preposition :
“Say, do you know where the library is at, asshole ?”
Moral : If you are going to break the rule, at least do it with style 🙂
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