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Which of those sentences sound OK?

a) On the picture, we can see the environment tigers live.

b) On the picture, we can see the environment in which tigers live.

c) On the picture, we can see the environment tigers live in.

I don't really understand why so many people fight against prepositions at the ends of the sentences considering I hear that extremely often in everyday speech.

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  • Without the preposition, live becomes transitive, which it is not, in this context: tigers do not live an environment. They can inhabit an environment, but that verb sneaks the in in. Sep 14, 2017 at 0:50

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We would say in the picture rather than on. We might also say this instead of the, but this is difficult to judge without context.

Otherwise, b and c are both correct, but b is very formal, maybe even a little stilted. C is perfect for everyday speech, but in writing I would tend to add the conjunction that before the word tigers.

The following would also be correct:

  • We can see the environment where tigers live.
  • We can see the environment inhabited by tigers.
  • We can see the environment tigers inhabit.

However, a is incorrect.

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  • Thank you very much, seems like our teacher just got it wrong.
    – Probably
    Sep 13, 2017 at 20:24
  • +1 but very formal is a bit of an overstatement, IMO. Sep 14, 2017 at 0:48

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