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    overcharged a woman (by) a few pennies

    duty bound
    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.
    (American idioms)

    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.



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    Re: overcharged a woman (by) a few pennies

    Quote Originally Posted by Vik-Nik-Sor View Post
    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.

    No, that doesn't work.

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    Re: overcharged a woman (by) a few pennies

    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.

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    Re: overcharged a woman (by) a few pennies

    I don't like it at all, I'm afaid.
    Last edited by 5jj; 09-Mar-2014 at 19:40. Reason: Non-essential QUOTE deleted

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    Re: overcharged a woman (by) a few pennies

    I don't like it either. The 'by' there seems unnecessary and ugly. However, I agree with ems. it's possible.

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