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    Correct sentences

    What's wrong with sentences in bold?

    Susan: Did you throw out the trash?
    Toby: Yes, I threw before dinner.

    Julie: Can I borrow your ruler?
    Natalie: Sorry, I haven't got.

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    Re: Correct sentences

    Susan: Did you throw out the trash?
    Toby: Yes, I threw it out before dinner.

    Julie: Can I borrow your ruler?
    Natalie: Sorry, I haven't got one.

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    Re: Correct sentences

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    Susan: Did you throw out the trash?
    Toby: Yes, I threw it out before dinner.

    Julie: Can I borrow your ruler?
    Natalie: Sorry, I haven't got one.
    But why do we have to add it out, isn't it ok to skip it?
    Same with the other sentence: why add it?

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    Re: Correct sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by Fame View Post
    But why do we have to add it out, isn't it ok to skip it? Same with the other sentence: why add it?
    Throw and have got are transitive verbs. They need an object to express their full meaning; e.g., *I have got and *I threw are ungrammatical. The words it and one, respectively, functions as objects of the verb; they are main constituents, so you can't omit them. As for omitting out, throw out is a phrasal verb.

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