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    #1

    Regarding the use of preposition.

    Sentence: "I pity (for) the shareholders of BP who bought the stock at higher valuations"

    My question: Is there any need, grammatically wise, to use for preposition after the word pity ?


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    Re: Regarding the use of preposition.

    Not a teacher only a native.

    Reading the sentence I wouldn't use 'for', so I don't see why there should be any need for it due to grammar.

    I can see 'for' should be used if you were saying 'I feel pity for the shareholds....'

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    #3

    Re: Regarding the use of preposition.

    Not a teacher.

    "For" is not needed. It's not even grammatical to just add "for."

    "The shareholders" is the direct object of the verb "pity." I pity whom? I pity the shareholders.

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    #4

    Re: Regarding the use of preposition.

    Absolutely no need, as the others have said.

    "To pity" does not take a preposition.

    When "pity" is used as a noun after a verb, it does:

    "To show pity for..."; "To feel pity for..."; "To take pity on..."

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