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Forced to act by what you believe is right.
Abraham Lincoln walked miles once to return a few pennies that he had overcharged a woman because he felt duty bound to do it.
I wonder if it's possible to put "by" before "because"...
Abraham Lincoln overcharged a woman a few pennies.
Abraham Lincoln overcharged a woman by a few pennies.
If these two options are possible, could the original look like this?:
Abraham Lincoln walked miles once to return a few pennies that he had overcharged a woman by because he felt duty bound to do it.
Just for once I disagree with bhaisahab. It's not pretty and it's not very natural but if you split the sentence after the word "by", it is understandable.
He overcharged her by a few pence.
She was overcharged by a few pence.
It was a few pence that she was overcharged by.
Abraham Lincoln once walked miles to return a few pennies that he had overcharged a woman by.
Why did he do that?
Because he felt duty-bound to do it.
If you removed the question in the middle, you're left with the OP's suggested sentence.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
I don't like it at all, I'm afaid.
Last edited by 5jj; 09-Mar-2014 at 18:40. Reason: Non-essential QUOTE deleted
I don't like it either. The 'by' there seems unnecessary and ugly. However, I agree with ems. it's possible.