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    Word classes

    Can someone please help with the following?

    What are the word classes of the following 'out's?
    Their plan didn't work out so he dropped out of the arrangement.

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    work out- here it is modifying the verb, so it's not functioning as a preposition. Some call this a particle, or adverbial particle, while others prefer to call it an adverb.

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    Thanks very much tdol. So how about the out in 'dropped out of the arrangement'?

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    Re: Word classes

    Same thing to me- the verb is drop + out, to make the phrasal verb, with of doing the connecting as a preposition

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