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    #1

    Preposition ommission

    Dear teacher,
    I'd like to know if I could omit one preposition from the following sentence.

    A helicopter can take off from and land on a roof of a building.

    Can I omit the preposition "from" from the sentence and say," A helicopter can take off and land on a roof of a building." ?
    Thank you for any answers you could give me.

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    Re: Preposition ommission

    Many teachers (and editors) are fussy about parallel structure, and in this case I'm one of them.

    Verbs can share a preposition if the same preposition is appropriate for each verb.

    The kids like to splash and play in the pool. It is not necessary, and more than a little awkward to say splash in and play in.

    Your example is quite different. One cannot take off on a roof, one must take off from and land on something. That is just how those prepositions work with those verb phrases; I don't think there is a rule other than what I said above.

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