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02-18-2004, 05:52 AM
In the sentence, "I don't know where he is at," what is the unnecessary "at" called? I thought it was a dangling participle, but it turns out that is something totally different.
02-18-2004, 06:09 AM
How about "(trailing) redundant preposition"?
02-18-2004, 07:40 AM
There are different terms, depending on how you choose to intepret the sentence.
Quirk and Greenbaum would probably call it a "postposed preposition."
It could also be termed the particle of a verb (i.e., the verb "to be at," which is different from the verb "to be").
It is certainly a nonstandard usage, which make nomenclature that much more difficult.
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