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    #1

    verb (play)+ preposition

    I don't understand this situation. Why we don't put a preposition (on, to) after the verb play. Examples:

    He plays to a musical instrument. or He plays on a musical instrument.

    I want to know how are grammatically the things.

    Thanks for your help.

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    #2

    Re: verb (play)+ preposition

    The verb 'play' can be transitive or intransitive.

    Transitive: 'Horace plays the violin'/'We like to play Monopoly'.

    Intransitive: 'The children play nicely together'/Deidre spends hours playing with her puppy'.

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    #3

    Re: verb (play)+ preposition

    And after Transitive verbs we don't put prepositions?

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    Re: verb (play)+ preposition

    There should not be a preposition between a transitive verb and its object.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: verb (play)+ preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Petrov View Post
    And Don't we put prepositions after transitive verbs? we don't put prepositions?
    Note the correct way to construct a question. Although you will hear native speakers and fluent non-natives using a statement construction with a questioning intonation at the end, we don't recommend that learners try it, and we don't use it in written English except in reported speech.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: verb (play)+ preposition

    We don't put prepositions after transitive verbs, right?

    I hope it is also acceptable.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: verb (play)+ preposition

    It works with the tag question but we still don't recommend that learners use it because it's too easy for them to forget about the tag question and just put a question mark at the end of a statement.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: verb (play)+ preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Petrov View Post
    He plays to a musical instrument.
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Petrov View Post
    He plays on a musical instrument.
    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Petrov View Post
    He plays a musical instrument.
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