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Up - particle or part of a prepositional phrase

Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 10:30 am
by TutorT
Hi everyone
In the following sentence -
You lift me up amongst the Gods.
Could it be argued that "up" is part of a prepositional phrase "up amongst" and not a particle to the verb lift. If I reverse the sentence to say - Up amongst the Gods you lift me. It still makes sense (Although sounds like Yoda) so does this mean I can call "up amongst" a prepositional phrase. Put a pause after lift so it's - You lift me - up amongst the Gods. Surely if it is said like this up forms part of up amongst???
Thanks , I hope I have made sense :?
Grainger

Re: Up - particle or part of a prepositional phrase

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:09 am
by Syl
Your question belongs to the difference between phrasal verbs and prepositional verbs.

There's a wonderful explanation here:

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb ... -verbs.htm

(Your site is very nice :wink: )

Re: Up - particle or part of a prepositional phrase

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:16 pm
by TutorT
Thank you Syl
I will look into that...

I like your site too :mrgreen: