Kind Response to Grammar at Issue — Bruce
You are so right as a scholar and recipient of a degree in English. I am really appalled as well with some of the grammar used today. It really hurts my heart to hear people ask “Where are you at?” “where could he be at?”
As you should never end a statement or question with a preposition.
In your opinion, I must correct you as you should be “taken aback”, not “taken back.” I hope this helps.
Ms. R.L. Jackson
My Mother also raised five children, and we, too, were taught to never end a sentence with the word “at.” Mother’s reply to that question was, “...behind the ‘at’.” Very effective. You did not get an answer unless you properly stated the question!