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    I'm at a loss what to do next

    In the OALD, it says:

    loss n.

    I'm at a loss what to do next.
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    Why does 'at a loss' is followed by 'what to do next' without something like to, to know, etc.?

    For example:
    I'm at a loss to know what to do next.

    (update)
    I find this:
    https://ell.stackexchange.com/questi...for-what-to-do

    By the way, user jess said, 'but how do you use is for something other than "words"′.
    Is the sentence ungrammatical? (two verbs use and is)
    Last edited by kadioguy; 01-Oct-2017 at 06:01.
    I'm not a teacher. Please feel free to correct me. :)

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    Re: I'm at a loss what to do next

    There are problems. You should say:

    I am at a loss as to what to do next.

    Also, it should be:

    Why is "at a loss" followed by "what to do next....?"

    Is user jess' sentence ungrsmmatical? It sure is! Plus I can't figure out what he's trying to say.

    Finished!

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    Re: I'm at a loss what to do next

    I guess there is a typo in his sentence—'is' should be 'it'.
    'How do you use it for something other than "words"?'
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: I'm at a loss what to do next

    I might say "I'm at a loss about what to do next."
    NOT A TEACHER. Translator and editor, and I hold a TESOL certificate. Native speaker of American English (West Coast)

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    Re: I'm at a loss what to do next

    A similar example: I am in a quandary about what to do next.
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    Re: I'm at a loss what to do next

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    No one had corrected it, so I tried.
    Actually Tarheel did it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Also, it should be:

    Why is "at a loss" followed by "what to do next....?"
    I'm not a teacher. Please feel free to correct me. :)

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