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    their uses as conjunciton and preposition

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    At the same time, we must recognize a relationship between their uses as conjunction and preposition. Compare:

    With Mary I always feel happy.
    Without Mary I always feel miserable.
    I bought a car for Mary (so that she could drive to work in it).

    (A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language; Randolph Quirk)

    Would you be so kind as to tell me whether with, without, and for function as prepositions in those sentences?

    Thanks.

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    Re: their uses as conjunciton and preposition

    Quirk et al have some interesting things to say on this - for example, that with in "With Mary being away, John felt miserable", with functions as a subordinator, not a preposition. However, in the three sentences you quote, the italicised words are functioning as prepositions, in my opinion.

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