Prepositional Stranding


Senior Member
NZ English
If prepositional stranding was frowned upon in the past, how did writers avoid it in passive constructions? :confused:

Eg. This is the person who was being shouted at.

  • Matching Mole

    Senior Member
    England, English
    Do you have another example? To shout at is a phrasal verb, so the preposition is limited in mobility, so "This is the person at whom was shouted" loses the sense of the verb. It might be said that This is the person who was being shouted at isn't prepositional stranding as such, as the preposition is part of the verb.

    Where a preposition is used normally:
    "Each family group seems to have had a senior person to whom was allotted a tract of land on which the family lived and worked."


    UK, English
    I'm afraid that pedants feel under no obligation to propose an alternative formulation. As Matching Mole says, frequently one does not exist.
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