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    Smile preposition before wh-clause

    Dear teachers,

    I wonder whether I can use a preposition before a wh-clause.
    For example:
    1. Be careful of/about what you say to her.
    2. Be careful what you say to her.

    Which one sounds natural to natives ?

    I am much obliged to you for your guidance.

    Thanks.

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    Re: preposition before wh-clause

    Hello kl004535, I am a student in an American high school. I'm studying to become an American writer.

    I believe this is called an adverb clause. An adverb clause would modify a specif word (adverb, adjective, verb). The first example is the sentence that I'm most familiar with in my location.

    I hope this helps.
    Last edited by Gnome; 02-Apr-2010 at 05:39.

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    Re: preposition before wh-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I wonder whether I can use a preposition before a wh-clause.
    For example:
    1. Be careful of/about what you say to her.
    2. Be careful what you say to her.

    Which one sounds natural to natives ?

    I am much obliged to you for your guidance.

    Thanks.

    I'm not a teacher, but I believe the first is a noun clause that is serving as the object of the preposition.

    Noun Clauses
    Noun Clauses

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    Smile Re: preposition before wh-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Davis View Post
    I'm not a teacher, but I believe the first is a noun clause that is serving as the object of the preposition.

    Noun Clauses
    Noun Clauses
    After studying the links above, the noun clause in second example may be adjective complement, but I have a doubt about it because it could be functioning as adverbial clause modifying the adjective "careful".

    Thanks for your links.

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    Re: preposition before wh-clause

    Quote Originally Posted by kl004535 View Post
    Dear teachers,

    I wonder whether I can use a preposition before a wh-clause.
    For example:
    1. Be careful of/about what you say to her.
    2. Be careful what you say to her.

    Which one sounds natural to natives ?

    I am much obliged to you for your guidance.

    Thanks.
    Grammar aside, your question was which one sounds natural to natives. Personally, I would use and expect to hear sentence 2 - Be careful what you say to her.

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