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|Subject:||Usage of 'with' without an object|
|Question:||Recently I've noticed (in published fiction no less) sentences like this: ''She asked him if he wanted to come with.'' No, not a typo, just ''come with''. This is not a character's speech but the narrator using this. Is this a regional usage? When did this start becoming accepted usage that passes muster with an editor? Thank you!|
|Reply:||I first encountered it in the Midwest, where it jarred my Eastern ears. Have never seen it in print. Interestingly, my French professor in college (an Alsatian -- influenced by German? -- said "vows venez aver?"|
|Reply From:||Susan D Fischer click here to access email|