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    Omitting preposition in prepositional phrases w/ gerund as object

    I had just seen the following sentence and had wondered if it was corect:

    I feel stupid ordering that.

    So then, I thought about it more and came to a conclusion that it was correct but omitted the preposition phrase:

    I feel stupid for ordering that.

    1. Okay, so, first of all, can one omit "for," and would the sentence thereafter still be correct?

    If so, then what about more complex prepositions like:

    The boy cried thinking about what had happened.

    whereas, with the preposition, "while," it would sound like:

    The boy cried while thinking about what had happened.

    So, is the former sentence still right?

    Please help...this has been bugging me for quite some time.

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    Re: Omitting preposition in prepositional phrases w/ gerund as object

    Thanks for the question Tyrone. Today, even i was thinking of the same thing.. :)

    I am not a teacher.

    To the extent I can analyse I see that the sentences such as 'I feel stupid ordering that.
    ' etc., has become part of colloquial communications. I am not sure about my thinking lines though.

    Let some genuine messages flow through.. :)

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    Re: Omitting preposition in prepositional phrases w/ gerund as object

    Quote Originally Posted by tyrone slothrop View Post
    i had just seen the following sentence and had wondered if it was corect:

    i feel stupid ordering that. while i'm ordering that i feel stupid.

    so then, i thought about it more and came to a conclusion that it was correct but omitted the preposition phrase:

    i feel stupid for ordering that. after i ordered that i feel stupid.

    1. Okay, so, first of all, can one omit "for," and would the sentence thereafter still be correct?

    If so, then what about more complex prepositions like:

    the boy cried thinking about what had happened. it doesn't sound right to me. I would only use the second one.

    whereas, with the preposition, "while," it would sound like:

    the boy cried while thinking about what had happened.

    So, is the former sentence still right?

    Please help...this has been bugging me for quite some time.
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    Re: Omitting preposition in prepositional phrases w/ gerund as object

    To me:
    Thinking about what had happened, the boy began to cry.
    Thinking about what had happened, the boy cried.

    The parts in bold, are they not by any chance adverb clauses of reason? They provide the reason for his crying. But then, are they not describing the subject (the boy), thus being participles? I am in two minds about it.


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    Re: Omitting preposition in prepositional phrases w/ gerund as object

    Thank you all for the replies. I appreciate it. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thinks that some of these...things...look awkward. What if I were to write it like this instead (it has an included comma):

    The boy cried, thinking about what had happened.

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    Re: Omitting preposition in prepositional phrases w/ gerund as object

    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrone Slothrop View Post
    Thank you all for the replies. I appreciate it. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who thinks that some of these...things...look awkward. What if I were to write it like this instead (it has an included comma):

    The boy cried, thinking about what had happened.
    I still don't like it.
    But svartnik's word order with the comma sounds good.
    Last edited by 2006; 28-Jan-2009 at 21:00.

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