I lately lost a preposition

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Tue Feb 5 17:03:46 UTC 2008

At 1/29/2008 08:33 PM, sagehen wrote:
>More prepositions lost; this time on The World (BBC/WGBH) news program. Brit
>newsreader used the expression "agree a sthg" twice,  rendering what I'd
>have thought an intransitive verb transitive.  A minute or two later, th e
>American newsreader used "agree" with /to/ or /with/  or /on/  (I don't
>remember which as we usually do. Is this prepositionless "agree" now the
>norm in Britain?

I just wrote, in an email message but I would probably also in a
letter, "I would want to make any agreed changes myself."  And I'm in America.


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