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    can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    I've seen adverbs going after a preposition like by now and I want to know if adverbs can go after a preposition.
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    #2

    Re: can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    Please reread emsr2d2's rules here and edit your post accordingly.

    'Wanna' is not acceptable in this forum, where standard English is obligatory.

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    #3

    Re: can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    lol ok I'm sorry about that.

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    Re: can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    lol ok OK, I'm sorry about that.
    See above. Please don't use things like "lol" on the forum. We encourage all users to use full, standard English words. Note that you can write "OK" (upper case) or "okay" (lower case) but not "ok".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    nobody answer my question.

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    #6

    Re: can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    Nobody answered my question.
    You'll get faster answers here if you don't say things like "lol" and "wanna" and don't start sentences with small letters. I know your question is serious, but when you use sloppy English, it makes it seem as though you're not taking your studies seriously. We're glad to help improve your English, but only when we know you're trying.

    Your example, by now, is an idiom and cannot be translated word-for-word.

    Adverbs go with verbs. So an adverb can go after a preposition if there is a verb for the adverb to go with. Example:

    - After quickly reading the email, he decided to delete it.

    Do you have other examples you're wondering about?
    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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    Re: can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    Thanks for replying with the right answer but isn't what you showed modifying a gerund.
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    #8

    Re: can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/now?s=t

    "Now" is also a noun, and it is used as a noun to be the object of the preposition in "by now."

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    #9

    Re: can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/now?s=t

    "Now" is also a noun, and it is used as a noun to be the object of the preposition in "by now."
    Yes, you're right. I'm just not sure that that would get Mawes far in interpreting "by now." That's all I meant. You're right, it can be translated literally, but it's difficult. By usually means next to, so it can be confusing. So I was suggesting a different way to look at it.

    Thanks for clarifying. And keeping me honest!
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    Re: can adverbs be the object of preposition?

    Quote Originally Posted by mawes12 View Post
    Thanks for replying with the right answer but isn't what you showed modifying a gerund.
    No, it would be a gerund in "After quickly emailing the reading...." There, emailing is a verb and reading is a noun. (And quickly is still an adverb.)
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