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    Will17 is offline Senior Member
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    Cool a library is a place where

    Hello!

    I'd like to know is the use of "from" is correct here, please? If so, is it necessary?

    "A library is a place where you can rent books from".

    Thanks a lot for your help.

    Will

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    Default Re: a library is a place where

    I wouldn't use from in that sentence.

    "A library is a place where you can rent books" is sufficient.

    It's not actually wrong to put a preposition at the end of a passive statement though so you can use from if you want to.

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    Default Re: a library is a place where

    We don't "rent" books from a library, we "borrow" them. "Rent" involves payment. The whole point of a library is that you can borrow the books and take them home for a few weeks for free.

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    Default Re: a library is a place where

    Hello,

    Then, is "from" necessary at the end of the following sentence: "a library is a place where you can borrow books from".

    Thanks
    Will

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    Default Re: a library is a place where

    No, it's optional.

    Minnieuk made that point in message 2.

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    Default Re: a library is a place where

    Thanks. I indeed saw that point but I wanted to make sure it was the same with "borrow".
    Thanks a lot
    Will

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    Default Re: a library is a place where

    I feel more strongly about this than you all do, apparently.

    With "... a place where you can borrow books from," I don't think the "from" is unnecessary, I think it's wrong.
    A library is a place where you can borrow books.
    A library is a place you can borrow books from. -- Without "where" this is okay.
    Last edited by Barb_D; 07-Nov-2012 at 17:59.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: a library is a place where

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I feel more strongly about this than you all do, apparently.

    With "... a place where you can borrow books from," I don't think the "from" is unnecessary, I think it's wrong.
    I agree.

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