I feel terrible asking, but can a writer use bad grammar in a children's book? They are just kids, right? A child won't notice a slight rule violation. Sure, they might struggle in school after reading my book. I suppose they could flunk out of community college due to the language abuses witnessed at an early age. I can't be held responsible if they one day write in their shop window: "Theirs a bathroom around back. Its green." Shudder.
I don’t want to commit a heinous offense. I merely want to write a preposition and then end the sentence. Gasp!
I want to write a sentence a child would say:
There isn't anyone to play with.
I just can't bring myself to write:
There isn't anyone with whom to play. (my character is not a snobby English lassie)
I have considered these escape routes:
He wanted to play with a friend. (not quite right context)
He was tired of playing with himself. (too obscene)
After weeks of worry, I stumbled on Grammar Girl's blog post Ending a Sentence With a Preposition. She writes, "I know many of you were taught that you shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition, but it’s a myth." Now that's what I'm talking about! I can finally cheer up. Now I can write on.