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    Default Put it on Put the shose on

    Hi

    Here is my question:

    1. Put the shoes on/put on the shoes-- When we used a noun, say shoes, we have two choices. One it to put the "noun" between the verb and proposition; the other is to put the "noun" after the proposition.

    2. Put it on--When we used a pronoun we have only one choice That is to put the "pronoun" between the verb and proposition.

    My question is why we can not put the pronoun (it) after a proposition?

    Thanks:)

    Yun Ju

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    Default Re: Put it on Put the shose on

    Quote Originally Posted by I like English
    Hi

    Here is my question:

    1. Put the shoes on/put on the shoes-- When we used a noun, say shoes, we have two choices. One it to put the "noun" between the verb and proposition; the other is to put the "noun" after the proposition.

    2. Put it on--When we used a pronoun we have only one choice That is to put the "pronoun" between the verb and proposition.

    My question is why we can not put the pronoun (it) after a proposition?

    Thanks:)

    Most transitive phrasal verbs are separable, which means that noun objects can go after the particle (look up a word) or between the verb and the particle (look a word up). If the direct object is a pronoun, it must go between the verb and the particle. This is a rule which must be followed.
    :)

    Yun Ju

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    Default Re: Put it on Put the shose on

    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    Quote Originally Posted by I like English
    Hi

    Here is my question:

    1. Put the shoes on/put on the shoes-- When we used a noun, say shoes, we have two choices. One it to put the "noun" between the verb and proposition; the other is to put the "noun" after the proposition.

    2. Put it on--When we used a pronoun we have only one choice That is to put the "pronoun" between the verb and proposition.

    My question is why we can not put the pronoun (it) after a proposition?

    Thanks:)

    check out http://www.onestopenglish.com/News/M...hrasal%20Verb?


    Most transitive phrasal verbs are separable, which means that noun objects can go after the particle (look up a word) or between the verb and the particle (look a word up). If the direct object is a pronoun, it must go between the verb and the particle. This is a rule which must be followed.
    :)

    Yun Ju

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    Default Re: Put it on Put the shose on

    Quote Originally Posted by I like English
    Hi

    Here is my question:

    1. Put the shoes on/put on the shoes-- When we used a noun, say shoes, we have two choices. One it to put the "noun" between the verb and proposition; the other is to put the "noun" after the proposition.

    2. Put it on--When we used a pronoun we have only one choice That is to put the "pronoun" between the verb and proposition.

    My question is why we can not put the pronoun (it) after a proposition?

    Thanks:)

    Yun Ju
    It's a rule. That's all there is too it. Most rules in languages are arbitrary. The answer to 'why' is often 'because English speakers do'.

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