Mighty Red Pen

September 13, 2007

Where my “at” at?

Filed under: Grammar goddess — mighty red pen @ 6:47 pm

Gopher writes, “I cringe at the grammatically incorrect expression often seen and heard while walking out the door of a store or supermarket: ‘Thank you for shopping [store name].’ But now college bookstores also think it’s okay to drop the preposition? How did this happen?”


Okay, here’s the deal: It’s not funny. Stop doing it.



  1. I hate that!

    I’ve noticed people at my office dropping “to be.” Like “The baby wanted fed,” or “The warehouse needs cleaned.”

    Comment by Beth — September 14, 2007 @ 5:33 pm | Reply

  2. The sad truth is that all the “at”s have been used needlessly at the end of questions such as “Hey, where your check request at?” This has created a national prepositional shortage.

    These stores, people, are victims, not culprits.

    Save the prepositions!

    Comment by David — September 14, 2007 @ 11:18 pm | Reply

  3. “Hey, where your check request at?”

    That example can survive without the “at” trailing the end of a sentence.

    “Thank you for shopping Retred’s supply house” would benefit from the at.

    Comment by Wes — October 29, 2007 @ 2:10 am | Reply

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