Deal with preposition!

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Deal with preposition!

Unread post by azmin » Tue May 24, 2016 5:26 am

Dear all,
Which sentence is correct between :
what sport did you participate in at school? and
what sport did you participate at school?
As I feel weird to have these both prepositions in and at closed together.
Please give me the correct answer and the citation as well.
Thanks a lot.
:D :D

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Re: Deal with preposition!

Unread post by Susan » Tue May 24, 2016 8:07 pm

The first is correct
Take a look at Lucy Pollard's Guide to Teaching English

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Re: Deal with preposition!

Unread post by cerealkillah » Thu May 26, 2016 8:22 pm

The first one is correct. If you don't like the two prepositions next to each other, you can put "in" at the beginning to make In what sport did you participate at school?, but the initial position of prepositions is not very common.
Sometimes you can even see sentences with more than two prepositions in a row. for example: who did you make out with down in that basement? :wink: :lol:

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Re: Deal with preposition!

Unread post by MarciaTeodoro » Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:11 am

The first is the correct one. It sounds weird but that's it. :!:

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Re: Deal with preposition!

Unread post by azmin » Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:03 am

Thanks all.

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Re: Deal with preposition!

Unread post by linguisticslife » Thu Jun 09, 2016 2:34 am

"Participate in" is what's called a phrasal verb: a verb that usually requires a certain preposition to be used grammatically. Sometimes these have meanings that aren't directly discernible from the two contributing parts. For example show off = purposely using ones skills in a way that attracts attention and praise (what does off have to do with pride?) or help out = giving someone aid (what does assistance have to do with out?) One of the trickiest parts of English!

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Re: Deal with preposition!

Unread post by MarciaTeodoro » Sat Jun 11, 2016 8:51 pm

Hello, everyone!
I don`tknow if I wasn`t clear, but I am trying to compare the teaching learning process of English here in Brazil and in other countries.
Thanks.
M[arcia

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Re: Deal with preposition!

Unread post by linguisticslife » Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:35 pm

MarciaTeodoro wrote:Hello, everyone!
I don`tknow if I wasn`t clear, but I am trying to compare the teaching learning process of English here in Brazil and in other countries.
Thanks.
M[arcia
I think you meant this to be a reply to your other question!: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=28207

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