Prepositions (Repeated)

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Prepositions (Repeated) :

In the sentence “Alex liked Nancy, with whom he shared his Snickers bar with” only one “with” is needed—eliminate either one.

Look out for similarly duplicated prepositions.

Incidentally, an often-cited example of this pattern is from Paul McCartney’s Live and Let Die: “this ever-changing world in which we live in”; but if you listen closely, you’ll hear instead a quite correct “this ever-changing world in which we’re livin’.”

Americans have a hard time hearing the soft British “R” in “we’re.”

One of the clearest indications that a person reads little and doesn’t hear much formal English is a failure to use the right preposition in a common expression. You aren’t ignorant to a fact; you’re ignorant of it.

Things don’t happen on accident, but by accident (though they do happen “on purpose”).

There are no simple rules governing preposition usage: you just have to immerse yourself in good English in order to write it naturally.

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