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    Question verb followed by two preposition

    Good morning,

    Could you please explain to me why we have, here, a verb followed by two preposition, is it correct?

    It were tampered with by mankind.

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    Re: verb followed by two preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by symaa View Post
    It were was tampered with by mankind
    Mankind tampered with it - It was tampered with by mankind.

    By is not really a preposition 'following' tamper. It is the preposition necessary when the agent is mentioned in passive constructions.


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    Re: verb followed by two preposition

    And we do have multi-word phrasal verbs: catch up on, look down on, etc.

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    Re: verb followed by two preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    And we do have multi-word phrasal verbs: catch up on, look down on, etc.
    Henry looks down on people who don't read 'The Guardian'.

    People who don't read 'The Guardian' are looked down on by Henry.

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    Re: verb followed by two preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by symaa View Post
    Good morning,

    Could you please explain to me why we have, here, a verb followed by two preposition, is it correct?

    It were tampered with by mankind.

    Thank you.

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) As usual, you have asked an excellent question. And, as usual, the teachers have given you and me excellent answers.

    (2) We non-teachers are currently allowed to give our opinions, so I should like to do so. Remember: if my opinions are different from the teachers', you should accept the teachers' as the correct ones.

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    (3) Someone damaged my car. > My car was damaged (by someone).

    (4) Someone tampered with my car, > My car was tempered with (by someone).

    NOTES:

    (a) I believe that some people feel that the word "with" in "tamper with" is NOT a preposition. They use a word like "particle." They feel that "tamper with" is a unit.

    For example, if you simply said "My car was tampered with," that would be, I believe, a grammatically correct sentence. (Of course, you could not say "My car was tampered." So "tamper with" does seem to be a unit, doesn't it.)

    (5) Therefore, it is only my opinion that "It was tampered with by mankind" could

    be analyzed as:

    (a) It = subject.

    (b) was tampered with = passive verb phrase. (= It was damaged )

    (c) by = preposition.

    (d) mankind = object of the preposition.

    Thus your sentence has only one preposition: "by."

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    Re: verb followed by two preposition

    Really I highly appreciate all your answers, you deserve more than thanks

    I didn't pay attention that it was in the passive form, because I got confused by this structure, but now it's clear.

    Thank you so much for your efforts and helps.
    kind regards,

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