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Is it legally correct to put prepositions in the beginning and the end of a sentence? This question appeared when I was doing an exercise about prepositions in questions.

Here's the problem, by the way:

Write questions for these answers, using 'Who' or 'What'.

"I'll carry it in a paper bag."

The key answer is

What will you carry it in?

I'm asking if it's legal and correct to add a preposition with before what:

With what will you carry it in?

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No, because in:

With what will you carry it in?

"In" and "With" are serving the same function. To have both would be essentially duplicating a word--you might as well be asking (also incorrect):

In what will you carry it in?

So any of these are fine (in increasing order of formality):

  • What will you carry it in?
  • What will you carry it with?
  • In what will you carry it?
  • With what will you carry it?

But you don't need both "in" and "with."

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