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    #1

    why does it use preposition

    Hello

    Jack was afraid > what was he afraid "of"

    why do we use "of"?

    beacause

    we don't say "Jack was afraid of"

    I don't know really

    and "what was he afraid" is it correct sentence?

    Please help me teachers

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    Re: why does it use preposition

    We do say "Jack was afraid of XXX".

    monsters
    his father
    water
    tornadoes

    In your question, "what" asks about those possible things.

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    Re: why does it use preposition

    >we don't say "Jack was afraid of"
    You're correct. We don't say "Jack was afraid of" by itself. But we do say "What is Jack afraid of?" by itself.
    "What is he afraid?" doesn't make sense. "What makes Jack afraid?" is a good sentence, and is similar to "What is Jack afraid of?" = "Of what is Jack afraid?"
    We use prepositional phrases often after many adjectives and verbs: "I am tired [of waiting]"; "I am searching [for an answer]".
    The question form needs a preposition if the whole sentence uses a preposition: "What are you tired of?"; "What are you searching for?".
    If there is no preposition in the answer question, "I am seeking happiness", then there's no preposition in the question: "What are you seeking?"

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