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Postby Tquila » Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:43 pm


Could you please tell me if "carry in" could be used as a phrasal verb?
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Re: carry in

Postby Alan » Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:26 am

Yes, where 'in' functions as an adverb (rather than as a preposition), 'carry in' would generally be classified as a phrasal verb, e.g.

Cleopatra was carried in, wrapped inside a carpet.

However, where 'in' functions as a preposition, as in e.g.

He always carried a gun in the house.

we do not consider the combination to be phrasal.

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