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    #1

    shoot with vs. shoot from

    Is there any difference between the following sentences? If there is, what is it?

    What is the rifle you let me shoot from called?
    What is the rifle you let me shoot with called?
    What is the rifle you let me shoot called?
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    Re: shoot with vs. shoot from

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Is there any difference between the following sentences? If there is, what is it?

    What is the rifle you let me shoot from called?
    What is the rifle you let me shoot with called?
    What is the rifle you let me shoot called?
    The second and third ones are OK.

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    #3

    Re: shoot with vs. shoot from

    Would this be OK?

    What is the rifle you let me shoot bullets from called?

    OALD lists the following prepositional phrase:

    • shoot something (from something) He shot an arrow from his bow.

    So I guess that "shoot" can be used with "from" as long as there's a direct object after shoot.

    Is there any difference in meaning between the second and third?
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    #4

    Re: shoot with vs. shoot from

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Would this be OK?

    What is the rifle you let me shoot bullets from called?
    Theoretically it's possible, but I cannot imagine any native speaker saying that.

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    Re: shoot with vs. shoot from

    Is there any difference in meaning between these two? I thought that "with" is necessary here.

    What is the rifle you let me shoot with called?
    What is the rifle you let me shoot called?
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    Re: shoot with vs. shoot from

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Is there any difference in meaning between these two? I thought that "with" is necessary here.

    What is the rifle you let me shoot with called?
    What is the rifle you let me shoot called?
    No, "with" is not necessary, in fact I prefer the one without it, I don't find either sentence very natural though. There is no difference in meaning.

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    Re: shoot with vs. shoot from

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    No, "with" is not necessary, in fact I prefer the one without it, I don't find either sentence very natural though.
    How would you make it sound more natural while more or less retaining the meaning? Something like this?

    What do you call the rifle of yours I shot the other day? -- I suppose that "with" after "show" is not necessary here either, right?
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: shoot with vs. shoot from

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    How would you make it sound more natural while more or less retaining the meaning? Something like this?

    What do you call the rifle of yours I shot the other day? -- I suppose that "with" after "show" is not necessary here either, right?
    No, "with" is not necessary. I'd probably say something like, "What model was that rifle of yours I used the other day?" But that doesn't use "shot". In fact, I'd be very unlikely to ask that question, I shoot so infrequently that I would remember every detail.

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    Re: shoot with vs. shoot from

    What was that rifle you let me shoot?

    I don't find the "shoot with" very natural at all.

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