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    For free?

    "I'll give you Ferrari for free". (Bedtime Stories)
    Is this right? I thought you could only use a noun or the gerund after a preposition.

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    Re: For free?

    "For free" is an idiom. It means "at no cost to you." But you cannot give Ferrari for free. You can only give a Ferrari.

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    Re: For free?

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****



    "In a few idiomatic expressions, an adverb or an adjective is used as the object, and thus becomes a noun-equivalent."

    I did not know until now.
    He had come before then.
    They will go from there.
    I can see it from here.

    Source: Walter Kay Smart, English Review Grammar (copyright renewed 1953)

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    Re: For free?

    That may have been true in 1953, but today all four words are categorized as nouns in certain uses.

    See here.

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