Re: What did you bring that so-called string of prepositions up for?

Subject: Re: What did you bring that so-called string of prepositions up for?
From: Lawrence Kennedy <kennedy -at- NAPLES -dot- INFORMATIK -dot- UNIBW-MUENCHEN -dot- DE>
Date: Tue, 10 May 1994 15:37:23 +0200

Mark Levinson <mark -at- crabapple -dot- ucc -dot- okstate -dot- edu> writes:

>the longest fun string of prepositions
>I've seen is a complaint from a small child at bedtime:

> "Daddy, what did you bring that book I don't like
> to be read to out of down for?
> -- --- -- ---- ---

>** Fun? Sure. Prepositions? Well...

> "Out of" could be called either an adverb plus a preposition or
> a single two-word preposition, but "down" is definitely
> an adverb. It's not "down the stairs," it's not
> "down the bayou," it's just "down" without an object.

> And can there be a preposition without an object?
> As Shakespeare would have said, "Go to!"

I disagree about "down." Is not the object "here?"

regards,

L. Kennedy


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