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    verbs and prepositions

    When we ask questions we have to use prepositions:

    What are you interested in?

    but what about the following phrases:

    If you're interested, let me know.

    If you're interested in, let me know.

    ?

    Which one is correct?

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    Re: verbs and prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    When we ask questions we have to use prepositions:

    What are you interested in?

    but what about the following phrases:

    If you're interested, let me know.

    If you're interested in, let me know. X

    Which one is correct?
    You need "in" if it's either followed by a noun or one is implied. With the question, "What are you interested in?", the logical answer will be "I am interested in + topic".

    If someone says "If you're interested, let me know" what they are actually saying is "If you're interested in [topic], let me know". The omission of the topic leads to the omission of the preposition as well.

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    Re: verbs and prepositions

    Thank you very much :)

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    Re: verbs and prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by marker View Post
    When we ask questions we have to use prepositions:
    What are you interested in?

    ...
    That's a strange rule. Surely it only applies if there's supposed to be a preposition in the question sentence. And if there's supposed to be a preposition in the sentence, you put one in - in which case, what's the point of the rule?
    There's no preposition in "What are your interests?" But it's a good question.
    Do you routinely leave out prepositions from questions in Polish?

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