Please give me a baseball bat to hit the ball.

Please give me a baseball bat to hit the ball with.

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    It makes the sentence sound more polished. Acceptability here will probably be seen differently by different native speakers; some may still be influenced by the 'don't end a sentence with a preposition' shibboleth. Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 19:22

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No, I don't think it does. It sounds more normal, casual and typical of someone who knows what a ball is and how to hit it with a bat. You would never go with "Give me a bat with which to hit this ball" but that is how to keep the preposition in its place. The first sentence sounds just casual enough to go by without a problem. The only nuance you'd be adding is an unpleasant attention to the "with". Strike out.

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