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    please help with this sentence

    please, help me
    I know we can say: this is the thing I need

    or: this is the thing I am talking about = thing about which I am talking

    but how to say something with a nonseparable phrasal verb?
    this is the thing I am looking (for ??) information on

    thank you


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    Re: please help with this sentence

    I know we can say: this is the thing I need

    or: this is the thing I am talking about = thing about which I am talking

    but how to say something with a nonseparable phrasal verb?
    this is the thing I am looking (for ??) information on
    In your example sentence, "This is the thing I am looking for information on" would be grammatically correct...and preferable to anything else I can think of.

    As far as unseparable phrasal verbs are concerned, there is normally nothing particularly wrong with ending a sentence with one, if that's what you're worried about. For example:

    This is a policy I cannot put up with.

    This is behavior I frown upon.

    This is a problem I have puzzled over.


    Don't worry about ending sentences with prepositions in this case: in phrasal verbs, the preposition is no longer functioning as a preposition in the usual sense. (In fact, some books prefer to use the term particle.) I actually feel a bit unsure if I'm getting the point of your question. Am I in the ballpark?

    Greg


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    Re: please help with this sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by dragn View Post
    In your example sentence, "This is the thing I am looking for information on" would be grammatically correct...and preferable to anything else I can think of.

    As far as unseparable phrasal verbs are concerned, there is normally nothing particularly wrong with ending a sentence with one, if that's what you're worried about. For example:

    This is a policy I cannot put up with.

    This is behavior I frown upon.

    This is a problem I have puzzled over.


    Don't worry about ending sentences with prepositions in this case: in phrasal verbs, the preposition is no longer functioning as a preposition in the usual sense. (In fact, some books prefer to use the term particle.) I actually feel a bit unsure if I'm getting the point of your question. Am I in the ballpark?

    Greg
    thank you, Greg

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