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12 Sep 2021 — Got off of

 

What is the best placement for these end-of the-sentence prepositions?

 

People in a gray train

Phillip was so tired that he couldn't remember which train he got off of. So it was unlikely he would ever find his coat again.

 

Read all of the options.
 

1.

Phillip was so tired that he couldn't remember which train he got off of.

2.

Phillip was so tired that he couldn't remember of which train he got off.

3.

Phillip was so tired that he couldn't remember off of which train he got.

 

GLOSSARY

  • get off of / get off ([VPP] verbal idiom/expression, phrasal verb ) – disembark from public transportation or step down from a motor cycle, bicycle or horse; deplane, detrain, descend from atop. He got off of his motorcycle. He got off his motorcycle.
  • particle – in grammar, a preposition that has become part of a verbal idiom and no longer carries a dictionary meaning, independently. See Literal vs. Figurative Meaning.
  • preposition – a modifier to a verb or noun with information such as timing, location or manner. See Prep Uses. Connective Prepositions (definition of term)

GRAMMAR RESOURCES

  • Fowler's Modern English Usage. R. W. Burchfield and H. W. Fowler, revised 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2004. p. 619.
  • Garner's Modern American Usage, Bryan A. Garner, 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2009. p. 654
  • Huddleston, Rodney D., and Geoffrey K. Pullum. The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. Cambridge UP, 2002. p. 627.
  • Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of English Usage. Reprint ed., Merriam-Webster, 1994. p. 763.
  • "The Original Sins of Grammarians Still Plague Grammar Books." By Johnson, Economist, 13 Feb. 2020. economist.com/books-and-arts/2020/02/13/the-original-sins-of-grammarians-still-plague-the-rulebooks.
  • Quirk, Randolph and Sidney Greenbaum. A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language. 7th ed., Longman Group, 1989. §9.4.
  • Swan, Michael. Practical English Usage. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2005. §452.

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