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    Arrow file...with/to

    "He filed an application with/to the department."

    Would it be "with" or "to" here?

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    Re: file...with/to

    With

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    Re: file...with/to

    So, "file ... to..." doesn't exist?

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    Re: file...with/to

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyLing View Post
    So, "file ... to..." doesn't exist?
    He filed an application to go to university.
    He filed an application to join the police service.

    So it's file + article + noun + to + bare infinitive + noun.

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    Re: file...with/to

    So, "file some papers to some department for approval of something" is wrong?

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    #6

    Re: file...with/to

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyLing View Post
    So, "file some papers to some department for approval of something" is wrong?
    It's certainly not how I would expect to see it, and not how I would ever say or write it.
    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.

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    Re: file...with/to

    Quote Originally Posted by ShirleyLing View Post
    So, "file some papers to some department for approval of something" is wrong?
    Yes, it's wrong. Sorry, I may not have made my examples clear enough. In those examples I gave, it was "to file an application to + do something".

    In your example here I would say one probably "files some papers with XXX department for their approval" or just possibly "files some papers in/at XXX dept".

    The problem with prepositions in English is that sometimes only one is possible and sometimes several are possible!

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