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Does the verb, "put" need 'preposions and place' or 'adverb'? I want to know saying " I put the books." is wrong instead of saying "I put the books in the bag" or "I put the books in".
 

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Does the verb, "put" need [STRIKE]'preposions and place' or 'adverb'[/STRIKE] a preposition, a place or an adverb? I want to know [STRIKE]saying[/STRIKE] the correct way to say, " I put the books." Is it wrong [STRIKE]instead of saying [/STRIKE] to say "I put the books in the bag" or "I put the books in"?

It is only logical you put the books somewhere, whether it is on or in. Without saying where you put the book, the sentence sounds strange, unless you have mentioned the place to put the books earlier.
 

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It is only logical you put the books somewhere, whether it is on or in. Without saying where you put the book, the sentence sounds strange, unless you have mentioned the place to put the books earlier.
Thank you for correcting my wrong expressions. I learned a lot. Then is it okay to say "I put the books." when I said the place to put the books earlier?
 

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No. Don't use "put the books". Instead, say:

I put the books on a shelf.

Or:

I put the books in a drawer.

Or:

I put the books in the cabinet.

Or something similar.
 

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Without saying where you put the book, the sentence sounds strange, unless you have mentioned the place to put the books earlier.
The underlined part is incorrect.
 

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I agree with tedmc that it's strange but not impossible. For example, James finds all sorts of stuff piled on the table. He gets annoyed and decides to ask the kids.

James: Come on. Own up. Who put the CDs on the table?
Micheal: I did.
James: And who put the books there?
Shane: I put the books.

Note that "I put the books in" would similarly work if we were talking about, e.g., a suitcase (instead of a table).
 
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