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    we sometimes see a preposition after a verb which makes the verb look like a phrasal verb though it does not change the meaning of a verb.as we see in the sentence"animals storing food up for the winter".why do we use them and what is their role?

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    Re: why prepositions?

    Hello AQ,

    In your example, "up" has an emphatic function, and suggests "completeness" in the action.

    Cf.

    1. I broke his toy plane.

    you might say this if you had e.g. broken a wing.

    2. I broke up his toy plane.

    you might say this if you had completely dismantled the plane, into separate pieces.

    This is not a general rule, however; different prepositions may have different functions in different contexts.

    Best wishes,

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    Re: why prepositions?

    Yes, animals "store up" food. That is the verb. "Up" is not a preposition in this case.

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    Re: why prepositions?

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    "Up" is not a preposition in this case.
    True enough.

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