Today I am annoyed by grammatical over-corrections. Particularly by people who, in an effort to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition, completely eliminate the preposition. Here’s the latest example but there are far more egregious ones.
He has to choose the path he wants to go.
You don’t GO a path. You go DOWN a path. You go NEAR a path. You can even go AROUND a path or TO a path. But you don’t GO a path.
The issue isn’t whether or not the preposition is required, the issue is placement. I understand not wanting to place it at the end because the grammar god told us we can’t, but FIND a place for the preposition. It belongs in the sentence. Put it there. Sometimes I end sentences with a preposition because I think omitting it sounds silly and placing somewhere else and adding ‘which’ or ‘whom’ sounds pretentious. For me, that’s just not the option to go with. 🙂
For me, that’s just not the option with which to go?
For me, that’s just not the option to go?
How about —I’m just not doing that!!–?
OK, I just heard a woman on Project Runway say, “I didn’t know where to start from.” Now, that’s an error. The thought was complete at “start”.
Do you see the difference?