Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

The LINGUIST List is dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world. LINGUIST is a free resource, run by linguistics students and faculty, and supported primarily by your donations. Please support LINGUIST List during the 2016 Fund Drive.

Ask-A-Linguist Message Details

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
 
Date: 05-Dec-2013
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Usage of 'with' without an object    Steven Schaufele     (06-Dec-2013)
  2. Re: Usage of 'with' without an object    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (05-Dec-2013)

Back to Most Recent Questions