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I don't understand the syntax of the sentence below. I've found in a book this sentence: ' What does she object most to about supermarkts?' I don't understand why there are both 'to' and 'about' Could somebody explain me the sentence, please.
Feb 13, 2012 5:52 PM
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I agree with Chad and Peachy, the sentence is awkward. It should read, 'what does she object to most about supermarkets'. I think your question is, why are there two prepositions, 'to' and 'about'? In this case 'to' is not a preposition, it is part of the infinitive, 'object to'. An infinitive is a verb plus 'to'. 'About' is a tricky word with several meanings. It can mean 'approximate', as in; he was about forty miles from home, or the apple cost about a dollar. It can also mean 'referring', as in; we talked about the weather, or he wrote an essay about eagles. Your own sentences could read, 'I found this sentence in a book', and, 'could somebody explain this sentence to me please'.
February 15, 2012
Well, we know she objects to supermarkets. We want to know what bothers her most, regarding (about) supermarkets. Maybe if we split the sentence like so... "What does she object most to / about supermarkets?" If you remove "about" you've accidentally answered your own question. If you remove "to" then that makes no sense. "Object to (something)" is the only way this verb works.
February 13, 2012
I can't answer this because I'm not wearing the festival costume, I really don't want to spoil it here, but I can't help telling you those are both my favourite flowers and colors!
February 13, 2012
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