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  1. This is not a safe place to live.

  2. This is not a safe place to live in.

What is the difference in meaning between these two sentences? Why prepositions are used at the end of some sentences like sentence 2 or “he gave me a pen to write with.”?

  • For the same reason that we don't just write this is not a safe place. (Why bother with to live?) Additional words add additional meaning or nuance. – Jason Bassford May 18 at 7:09
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When the antecedent is 'place', 'in' is optional. But in this case, if we drop the preposition, the sentence sounds good.

"This is not a safe place to live." (= This is not a safe place where you live).

"This is not a safe place to live in." (= This is not a safe place in which you live / which you live in.)

When the antecedent is another noun (NOT, 'Place'), you cannot drop the preposition 'in' :

"This is not a safe city to live in."

"This is not a safe city to live."

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  • I do not think both the sentences are different. I think one can easily live without 'in' at the end. – Ram Pillai May 18 at 9:47

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