which are correct word orders for prepositional phrases of the type

to be + verb + preposition?

E.g., which of the following examples containing the phrase

to be aware of

are correct?

  1. ...the fact, of which he was aware ...

  2. ...the fact, which he was aware of...

  3. ...

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    Take your choice. They're both fine. Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 12:02
  • Is one of these preferable to the other, stylistically? Or is it just a matter of taste and variation? Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 12:51
  • 1
    Neither is preferable. Most people today would probably use the second. There is no rule about final prepositions although there was once such a convention in some stuffy circles. Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 16:15

1 Answer 1


The rule states that clauses and sentences should not end with prepositions, but it is relaxing.

Sir Winston Churchill:

This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.


Both of your examples are fine.

  • Interesting quote. Although it follows the same pattern as my 2nd example, it sounds wrong and nobody would ever use it in a serious way. Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 14:56
  • It is in a similar form as your 1st example. Commented Mar 26, 2021 at 14:59

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