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Is it proper to ever end a sentence in a preposition?
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Scott, a tired copywriter from Charlotte, NC. asks...
How should this sentence be written? You’re not in Heaven. You’re just using their light. -or- You’re not in Heaven. You’re just using its light.
Anne answers...
You're not in Heaven. You're just using its light. The reason: Heaven is a singular neuter noun. When you substitute a pronoun for a noun, the two must agree. So you use a singular neuter pronoun. If you said, "You're not in the Heavens. You're just using their lights," then you would use their correctly.
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