Preposition deletion

Randy Alexander strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 1 12:43:37 UTC 2008

On Mon, Dec 1, 2008 at 8:37 PM, Chris Waigl <chris at> wrote:
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> On Mon, 1 Dec 2008 19:34:03 +0800, Randy Alexander
> <strangeguitars at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> I wonder if it's only after (or perhaps also before) alveolar consonants.
>> If you can say "I'm going the pub" can you also say "She wants to go my
>> pub"?
> Well, you still need "down". I find a few hits for "go(ing) down my pub",
> including from some song lyrics. I'd consider it colloquial.
> Cheers,
> Chris

I chose those words to avoid neighboring alveolar consonants, "go __
my pub", where __ = a lack of "to".  My idea is that "to" might
disappear with an alveolar consonant on either side, but not between
two non-alveolar sounds.

Randy Alexander
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