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    Hi Teachers

    Is the following sentence correct?

    The poetry of Robert Frost [1874-1963] often seems to suggest some kind of fate controls our lives.

    In my opinion the noun "controls" should be followed by a preposition. Which is the preposition I can use here? Should it be "over" , "on" or should I insert "...of fate that/which controls our lives"?


    Thank you in advance

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    Fate is fate. You don't need 'some kind of'.

    Control is fine just as it is.

    'that' is required,

    ...seems to suggest that fate ...

    All the best.

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    Re: over ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    Fate is fate. You don't need 'some kind of'.
    Control is fine just as it is.
    'that' is required,
    ...seems to suggest that fate ...
    All the best.

    Hi Casiopeea

    Thank you very much for clarifying that.

    Regards

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    Re: over ?

    You're welcome.

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    Re: over ?

    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
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    In my opinion the noun "controls" should be followed by a preposition. Which is the preposition I can use here? Should it be "over" , "on" or should I insert "...of fate that/which controls our lives"?
    Thank you in advance
    I think here you're thinking of the noun 'control'. That is normally followed by 'over' or 'of'. but the verb isn't:

    Parents should exercise control over/of their children.

    But

    Parents should control their children.

    The noun interpretation is not possible in your context. As Cas said, a 'that' would make it easier to parse (although I wouldn't insist on it).

    b

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