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  1. Tarheel's Avatar
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    #11

    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by hela View Post
    Hello,

    Tarheel, for sentence #3 your first guess was right.

    So whether it is formal or informal English the preposition should always come last in questions?

    All the best
    No, I would not call "for" a preposition in that sentence. Instead, it is part of the phrasal verb "looking for". Example:

    Eva: I am looking for something.
    Matt: What are you looking for?
    Eva: I am looking for a twenty-dollar bill.
    Matt: I'll help you look for it.

    The phrasal verb "look for" can be in the sentence together or separately.

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    #12

    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    I am told that in phrasal verbs the particle can be a preposition or an adverb. It is a preposition when we cannot insert the object between the verb and a particle, which is the case with the verb "look for".
    Do you agree?

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    #13

    Re: Questions with phrasal verbs

    You're welcome!

    In American English, most people avoid the word "whom" because it sounds very formal to our ears. So you'll find that many Americans use "who" in informal conversation and look for other ways to phrase things in formal speech and writing.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 03-Apr-2015 at 23:15. Reason: Removed unnecessary (very long) quote
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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