Dustin Alfonso (dustinalfonso) wrote in linguaphiles,
Dustin Alfonso

I was wondering if anyone here was familiar with any other language besides English where prepositions can 'float' at the end of a sentence? I know German has verbs that tack a preposition at the end, but I'm wondering if any language can paraphrase "About what were they talking?" as "What were they talking about?" in addition to structures like "He went in" and "He jumped back". (I know some people think of these as adverbs, and I'm decidedly undecided on the topic. Just looking for examples of languages with similar phenomena)

Also, anyone familiar with a language where constructions like "I want in the building" where a normally-pronunced "to be" is lost?

Thanks for any help or hints I can get!
Tags: english, linguistics

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