The Dreaded “At”
There is one word in the English language which, more than any other, likes to pop itself onto the end of a sentence where it doesn't belong. It is a malady; a plague which needs to stop!
The malady to which I refer is the Dreaded “At”.
Think it through. How many times have you heard, read, or even said “Where are you at?” rather than the grammatically friendly “Where are you?”
Come where we are. Not where we are at.
It is where they are. Not it is where they are at.
Think it through. Spread the news. Shout it from the rooftops.
Be a leader. Stand out where you are. (Not where you are at....)
Please, oh, please, if you learn anything from this article:
Get rid of the Dreaded “At”!
Seriously for a second...prepositions do not belong at the end of sentences. While some are now colloquially acceptable at the end of sentence, most of them should NEVER touch the end of a sentence, like the aforementioned “At”. Below you will find a list of 70 of the more common prepositions found within the English language. Here's your challenge: check your writing to see if you have accidentally misplaced any of them within your sentence structure.
Aboard, about, above, across, after, against, along, amid, among, anti, around, as, at, before, behind, below, beneath, beside, besides, between, beyond, but, by, concerning, considering, despite, down, during, except, excepting, excluding, following, for, from, in, inside, into, like, minus, near, of, off, on, onto, opposite, outside, over, past, per, plus, regarding, round, save, since, than, through, to, toward, towards, under, underneath, unlike, until, up, upon, versus, via, with, within, without.