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Which is the right preposition for this sentence: As soon as he gets (at, by, from, or...

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mahamouha | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 12, 2010 at 6:22 AM via web

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Which is the right preposition for this sentence:

As soon as he gets (at, by, from, or to) the train station he is going to meet a friend.

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted December 12, 2010 at 6:53 AM (Answer #1)

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There are several possible correct answers, I think. I'll start with what sounds to me like the best answer:

1.. As soon as he gets to the train station he is going to meet a friend.

This sentence sounds the best to me. "get to" is a less formal way of saying "arrive at."

2. As soon as he gets by the train station he is going to meet a friend.

This sentence sounds possible. "get by" means the same here as "walk past."

3. As soon as he gets from the train station he is going to meet a friend.

This sentence sounds possible, too, but very informal. "get from" is probably less common than "gets back from," but it still sounds possible to me.

I've studied German extensively and French some, and I'm sympathetic. Finding the best preposition is often challenging.

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mahamouha | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 12, 2010 at 6:29 AM (Answer #2)

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