Receptionist Etiquette Tip: Skip That “At”

You may have been scolded in the past for ending a sentence with a preposition, but there’s no real rule against it. (Read more about this grammar myth here.) However, our virtual receptionist staff strives to sound professional in every exchange, and we typically nix one preposition from the ends of our sentences: at. Here are three common examples of when Ruby®‘s phone answering pros would pass on ending with a preposition:

     What is the best phone number to reach you at?

     When should we meet at?

     Where is the conference going to be held at?

What do these three sentences have in common? The at can be lopped off of all of them without changing the meaning, and they sound a heck of a lot better without it. Check it out:

     What is the best phone number to reach you?

     When should we meet?

     Where is the conference going to be held?

It’s amazing how one little change makes such a big difference! There’s technically nothing wrong with ending a sentence in a preposition, but ending in at rarely adds anything but awkwardness to a sentence. Since a lot of folks view the preposition myth as fact, and since ending a sentence with at can sound a little unprofessional, our virtual receptionists usually skip it when answering phones.

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