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Let's say you are on an interview, and you are explaining the reason why you have chosen the country you wanted to work for

I really wanted to live and work in that country, that's why I am doing my best, besides, this is the country I chose to work for

Or

I really wanted to live and work in that country, that's why I am doing my best, besides, this is the country I chose to work in

Usually, we use work+on in the middle of a sentence right? But when the work+preposition is at the end, it gets me a bit confused. Which is corrrect?

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    work for a company, work in a city, work on a project. You only work "for" a country, if you are in the military or high-level government office. This is the country I chose to work in.
    – Lambie
    Apr 15, 2018 at 19:06

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I really wanted to live and work in this country [speaking to interviewer], that's why I am doing my best, besides, this is the country I chose to work in.

That's fine in speech. You can leave the preposition at the end, it's acceptable in speech.

This is the country I chose to work in = This is the country in which I chose to work.

In speaking, we leave prepositions at the end of sentences.

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  • So you mean, it is unacceptable if you leave a preposition at the end of a sentence in writing? Just to confirm...
    – John Arvin
    Apr 15, 2018 at 19:23
  • Not necessarily. But in formal writing, one tries to avoid it if possible. There are times when it is unavoidable.
    – Lambie
    Apr 15, 2018 at 19:28

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