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    Preposition at the beginning or the end of a question?

    Is it correct to put BY at the beginning of the following question: BY whom was the doctor sent for yesterday? Or is it better to place the BY closer to the end of the question? Like this: Who was the doctor sent for BY yesterday?


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    Re: Preposition at the beginning or the end of a question?

    Quote Originally Posted by Alexandre Derezhenko View Post
    Is it correct to put BY at the beginning of the following question: BY whom was the doctor sent for yesterday? Or is it better to place the BY closer to the end of the question? Like this: Who was the doctor sent for BY yesterday?
    "Who was the doctor sent for by yesterday?"
    I would avoid the use of passive here. Try this:
    "Who sent for the doctor yesterday." Simple as that.

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