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Possessives

Possessives are forms that we use to talk about possessions and relationships between things and people. They take different forms depending on how they are used.

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Sir,

I have not been able to find the page for prepositions - so this question in this section. Please provide me the link for preposition page if there is any .

My friend has expired at a very young age. In my condolence message I put this sentence :

'Not an age to leave this world at.'

I intended to end the sentence with preposition. What I mean is it is sad that he had to leave this world at this age.

But I feel that I am erring in thew construction - it is wrong to end with 'at'.

Please guide me and explain what this 'at' associates with in this sentence.

Regards

Dipak Gandhi

Hi dipakrgandhi,

Thanks for your question. We don't have a specific section for prepositions at the moment.

First of all, condolences for the loss of your friend.

Your sentence ending with at is a correct sentence. At relates to the noun age earlier in the sentence. 

Traditionally, it is sometimes taught that we should not end a sentence with a preposition, as you mention. However, speakers and writers actually do this very often, especially in everyday language use, so your sentence is perfectly acceptable.

You could rephrase it like this, e.g.: Not an age at which to leave this world. But this sounds rather more formal in style, and is unnecessary for all but the most formal situations.

Does that make sense?

Best wishes,

Jonathan

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you - for your condolence message and for the answer !

My son has posted this comment on his college what's app group : Please pay the fees of 2 nd year.

I told him that it should be :
1) Please pay the second year fees. or
2) Please pay the fees for 2nd year.

He wants to know why "... of the second year" is wrong.
How do I explain him that it is wrong grammatically.
Please help.

Hello dipakrgandhi,

You are correct that it is not the standard way to express this, and your suggestions are much better.

I wouldn't say that there is a grammar rule which explains why your son's formulation is not correct. It's more a case of convention.

You can use of in this way: the fees of the university. When talking about the period which they cover, use forthe fees for the second year.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you Sir!

I have a doubt.
Is it grammatically correct to say : "I struck him by the face" ?

Hello NoelBiju17,

If you want to say where a blow fell, then the correct form is 'struck in'. However, you could use by with the sense of next to, if that was your intention.

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello I would like to ask if the following is correct
1.My friends say that it is a great flat, but to me is just "my sweet home" or
2.... but for me is just "home sweet home"
Thank you in advance

Hello,
I would like to ask if the following is correct
1.The house many rooms and of of them is the study or
2.The house has many rooms and one of those is the study,
3.study or the study room?
Thank you in advance

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