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Re: preposition

From:Dan Sulani <dnsulani@...>
Date:Sunday, March 18, 2001, 15:09
On 18 Marcg, Nik Taylor wrote:

>Muke Tever wrote: >> That's not 'from' as a preposition, that's 'from' transferred as part of
>> phrasal verb. The preposition modifies the verb; _come_ 'move hither' >> doesn't mean anything like _come from_ 'originate'). > >Maybe, but I suspect that was originally a true preposition (arrive from >-> originate in, very minor change in meaning). But, there are a few >definite examples of final prepositions: > >What channel is it on? >What store did you buy that at? >What did you do that for? >Who'd you learn it from? >What chapter is the test on? >Who'd you get it from? >Who'd you buy it for?
Also, What's he into? (=interested in [oops, another final preposition? :-) ]) While "get into" is a compound verb (or is it a verb with a final "preposition"?), as in "What did he get into now?", what about "get to", as in, "Where'd he get to?", for which I can think of two meanings: 1.) end of progress, as answered by "He got to level four ." 2.) location, as answered by "He's hiding behind that tree." But then, what's the status of "up to", as in "What's he up to? No good!" BTW, interesting: What's he "into" --- not, "in to", but What's he "up to" --- not "upto"! Anyone know why? Dan Sulani -------------------------------------------------------------------- likehsna rtem zuv tikuhnuh auag inuvuz vaka'a. A word is an awesome thing.