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    Cool omitting preposition

    Hi,

    In the following passages:

    'I get up about half past nine' Shouldn't it be: 'I get up at about half past nine' ?

    And the next one:

    'We are usually home about half past nine' Shouldn't it be:
    'We are usually home at about half past nine' ?




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    With the 'at', it is more strictly grammatically correct. However, there is no loss of meaning if 'at' is omitted, and colloquially, you will predominantly hear the first way of expressing it - more economical of words.


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    Re: omitting preposition

    You can´t use "at" in this phrases because there is a preposition in both phrases (about) and you are not able to use two prepositions linking one object. So, the preposition is there.


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    Re: omitting preposition

    In the sentence, 'about' is an adverb, as in

    "...reduced by about 5 % " (preposition + adverb)

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    Re: omitting preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by A. Lynch View Post
    You can´t use "at" in this phrases because there is a preposition in both phrases (about) and you are not able to use two prepositions linking one object. So, the preposition is there.
    Ex: I get up at about half past nine. <around that time>
    Ex: I get up at half past nine. <exactly>
    Ex: I get up (at) about half past nine. <ellipsis>

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