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À Qui

Improper translations: "Whose is the coat" or "whose is the shirt" as a translation of "À qui" (being a part of a sentence). Generally I believe you cannot end a sentence in a preposition. Therefore, the translation should read, "Whose coat is it?" or "Whose shirt is it" or rather "To whom does that shirt belong?"

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Respheal

Technically, you are correct, but having a preposition at the end of a sentence has been acceptable in modern English for some time now.

http://oxforddictionaries.com/words/ending-sentences-with-prepositions

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/elka

Yes, I think there's some confusion in your question. In "Whose is the shirt" the sentence ends in a noun. This is correct English. But I agree with Respheal that in current usage a preposition can be fine.

5 years ago

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Or: Whom does that shirt belong to?

5 years ago

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Even if you were to end a sentence with a preposition - this doesn't validate the duolingo expression - "whose is the shirt"

5 years ago

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I've never heard "Whose is the shirt?" used in proper English diction. But I could certainly be wrong.

5 years ago

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In spoken English you may hear "whom does that shirt belong to?" - then it indeed finishes with a pre(post)position.

5 years ago

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Yes but is that proper? Is it written or spoken?

5 years ago