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    Object of preposition

    Can adjective or adverb be an object of preposition?

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    Re: Object of preposition

    'He walked slowly instead of quickly.'
    If the above sentence was correct, then 'quickly' should be the object of 'of'.

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    Re: Object of preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'He walked slowly instead of quickly.'
    If the above sentence was correct, then 'quickly' should be the object of 'of'.

    Not a teacher.
    Maybe you're right.

    I heard of the phrase, "for good." I know some adjective can be before a preposition but I don't know if they can be after preposition.

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    Re: Object of preposition

    Adjectives and adverbs cannot be objects of prepositions.

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    Re: Object of preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Adjectives and adverbs cannot be objects of prepositions.
    Can you explain to me why "good" is an object of preposition for "for"?

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    Re: Object of preposition

    The "good" in "for good" is a noun, not an adjective.
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    Re: Object of preposition

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    Hello, Mawes:

    Here is some information from one of my favorite books. It is your decision as to whether or not you wish to accept the author's opinion. (The emphases are mine.)

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

    The scholar gives these examples:

    1. I did not know until now. (adv.)
    2. I can see it from here. (adv.)

    3. We worked in vain. (adj.)
    4. They looked on high for help. (adj.)



    Credit: Walter Kay Smart, English Review Grammar (fourth edition, 1940).

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    Re: Object of preposition

    I think the following can be added to the above examples, but I am not a teacher.

    'Jerry lived in Cairo until quite recently. (adv.)'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/recently
    'An attempt to reform the system from within (adv.)'── quoted from http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/within
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    Re: Object of preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    'He walked slowly instead of quickly.'
    If the above sentence was correct, then 'quickly' should be the object of 'of'.

    Not a teacher.
    I would say that an understood "walking" was the object of the preposition. He walked slowly instead of (walking) quickly.

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    Re: Object of preposition

    I think when an adjective or adverb is object of preposition it probably has a secret noun or gerund or it acts like a noun.


    what do you guys think?

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