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    wiggle a floppy disk at?

    In truth, there are more good variations on the basic PC than we could wiggle a floppy disk at.

    In the above sentence, what is the object of the preposition at?
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    Re: wiggle a floppy disk at?

    It's a different word order, based on "We could wiggle a floppy disk at a PC". Effectively, the "at" means "in the direction of".

    The phrase they've used is a variation on the commonly used "more XXX than you can shake a stick at". Click HERE.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: wiggle a floppy disk at?

    "In truth, there are more good variations on this basic PC than those at which we could wiggle a floppy disk."
    No one would say this, but that's the grammar. I'd say that 'which' refers to 'those' which refers back to 'variations'. So, ultimately it means "at the variations".

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    Re: wiggle a floppy disk at?

    There are more variations than we can wiggle a floppy disk at. We are shaking the proverbial stick at the variations, not at the PC.

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