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Old 11-23-2005, 06:09 AM   #1
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Default Verbs with Prepositions

I was always taught that a sentence cannot end with a preposition. That's a rule I've been careful to adhere to. Opps -- err -- a rule to which I have been careful to adhere.

English has a lot of verbs associated with or inseparable from prepositions. That can be the tough part about moving to America. -- ask for, care for, go after, go over, hear from, catch up with, keep up -- The list can go on and on. (Opps again).

Question -- can there be exceptions to not ending a sentence with a preposition, if it is combined with a verb? How does one know; that is, why or why not?

I was just looking at Statesman and Saint by Jasper Ridley, who was apparently a prominent British historian. At page 135, I saw this sentence. "In his later English writings More kept up the pretense that the book was written, not by him, but by Rosse, and many of the readers were taken in." Looks like a good expression to me. However, I've also found some other energetic sentence structures he employs, which technically are not correct.


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