Which sentence is grammatically correct?

1A) I've got a pen to write.

1B) I've got a pen to write with.

Are they both fine, or is one of the two incorrect?

How about the sentences below?

2A) I've got a pen to write a letter.

2B) I've got a pen to write a letter with.

I've been wondering when you need a preposition when you use a to-infinitive form.

I'm studying English. Thank you in advance.

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  • blank
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Although the "rule" seems to be softening - proper English dictates that one never end a sentence with a preposition.

    So - Neither 1B nor 2B would be grammatically correct.

    IF you wanted to go "all in" with proper English then:

    1A:  I have a pen with which to write.

    2A:  I have a pen with which to write a letter.

    Removal of the contraction "I've" would be extremely proper.  Contractions come with speech, which day to day is information - so all kinds of elides are made and rules broken.

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  • 2 months ago

    1B is better; 2A is better

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    all the ones besides 1A sound okay

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