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Hi ,everyone!Your help is appreciated here.
He asked us to keep him informed of how everything was going.
I don't think "of" is properly used in this sentence.Am I right ?
Must we use "of " here? Or can it be left out ? Or is it a mistake to use it here ?
Of course, we can say "keep sb informed of sth".
Right here waiting for your answers. Thank you !
Last edited by smelvanzq; 09-Feb-2010 at 03:03. Reason: found wrong grammar
Sarat, I don't doubt your knowledge, but in practice, I think we use a variety of prepositions after this.
Keep me informed of his progress.
Keep me informed on how it's going.
Keep me informed about the situation.
Of those, I'd say the "of" sounds best. Perhaps it is "sloppy" English, but it sound more natural to me than "Keep me informed how it's going."
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.
Thanks for your discussion.I am still not clear about the right sentence structure,though.
Further help is still needed here.
You please give me a hand !
I think your problem is not that complicated. You want to be sure whether the words ‘of’ and ‘about’ can be used after the verb ‘inform’ and if so, when and what is the correct structure. The answer is yes they can be used, but as you are aware a preposition must be followed by a noun, pronoun or a noun phrase which is called the object of the preposition. See the following:
Please keep me informed of new developments. (noun with a modifier)
Please keep me informed about him. (objective pronoun)
Please keep me informed about product updates (noun phrase)
Please keep me informed in English. (noun followed by preposition ‘in’)
On the other hand, ‘how’ can act as an adverb or conjunction, So it should not be followed by a preposition.
Please keep me informed how he is doing. (a conjunction joining a sentence)
Have a look at the following conversations:
Sales man: This is a very good product. Please take it and keep us informed how it functions. (how joins the independent clause ‘it functions’)
or keep us informed if it gives any problem. (the clause is joined by ‘if’)
Customer: OK but I want to stay informed about the latest developments to the product. (underlined expression is a noun phrase)
Sales man: Sure, we will keep you informed from time to time (noun phrase)
I hope, this helps.