I lately lost a preposition

Philip E. Cleary philipcleary at RCN.COM
Mon Feb 11 18:54:15 UTC 2008

> so "agree", with or without a preposition, is just a routine verb in
> english with respect to the kinds of objects it occurs with.
> the pattern of "proceed" in the examples we've seen so far is
> different: a bare NP direct object (and then a very specific kind of
> direct object):
>   He proceeded B.A. in 1962.

I happened to watch Lawrence of Arabia last night. There's a scene in
which Gen. Allenby says, "I'm promoting you major." Is this the same
phenomenon? I would have said, "I'm promoting you to major."

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