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  1. Gregory_E_V
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    preposition placement

    Which one is correct:
    Shall I turn the lights on?
    or
    Shall I turn on the lights?

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    Re: preposition placement

    They're both fine. If you replace 'the lights' with 'them', then it must come ater the verb:

    Turn on the lights
    Turn the lights on
    Turn them on

  2. Gregory_E_V
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    Re: preposition placement

    Thanks a lot
    By the way,
    'Turn on them'
    is not correct?

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    Re: preposition placement

    That's right. *Turn on them (the lights) is ungrammatical. Pronouns don't work in that structure. But if it's a phrasal verb, like turn on, as in to attack somebody, then the pronoun works. Like this,

    Don't turn on (attack) them. grammatical
    Don't turn on them (the lights). ungrammatical

  4. Gregory_E_V
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    Re: preposition placement

    Thank you very much, Casiopea. Your explanation is very clear and useful.
    Your web site is really great, I enjoy it.
    My best regards.

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    Re: preposition placement

    You are most welcome, Gregory.

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