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    What was he jealous? Do i use jealous with of?

    1) What was he jealous of?
    2) What was it that he was jealous of?

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    Re: What was he jealous? Do i use jealous with of?

    Quote Originally Posted by scott833 View Post
    1) What was he jealous of?
    2) What was it that he was jealous of?
    They're both acceptable but the second is unnecessarily long. I'd use the first. There might be a purist out there who says it should be "Of what was he jealous?" but you will hear sentence 1 much more often.

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    Re: What was he jealous? Do i use jealous with of?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    They're both acceptable but the second is unnecessarily long. I'd use the first. There might be a purist out there who says it should be "Of what was he jealous?" but you will hear sentence 1 much more often.
    I have no personal feelings about prepositions at the end of sentences; in fact I encourage their use. And I feel the self-conscious 'correctness' of starting a question with 'Of what...' is faintly ridiculous.

    But if you did want to avoid that final 'of' you could just say 'What made her jealous?'

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