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    Default Some transitive phrasal verbs can take an object in both places. But there are favora

    Dear teacher,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me the following paradox?

    I looked the number up in the phone book.correct.
    I looked up the number in the phone book.correct
    I looked it up in the phone book.
    correct
    I looked up it in the phone book. Incorrect

    Thank you for your efforts.

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    Default Re: Some transitive phrasal verbs can take an object in both places. But there are fa

    No paradox, simply a grammatical rule of which you are apparently unaware: a pronoun standing as object of an adverbial phrasal verb (as 'look up' in your example) must always precede the adverbial particle, whereas a noun object may follow.

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