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Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 1:09:35 PM
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1. I should like to thank you for all the generous help that you have, since 1994, been providing learners like me.

2. I should like to thank you for all the generous help that you have, since 1994, been providing learners like me with.

Which is the correct sentence?

Thanks.
Romany
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 1:55:23 PM
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The first sentence is missing "to" in "...been providing TO learners like me".

The second is ok for spoken English, or very casual usage. Once it was incorrect to end a sentence with a preposition. It no longer is considered incorrect...but when written, sometimes (like here) it just sounds clumsy. When you've read it you think "with? What's that for?" before understanding the sentence clearly you have to go back and read it again to see what the "with" is attached to.

Using the first sentence with the "to" is how we'd write it.
NKM
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 3:15:48 PM

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As Romany says, your first sentence wants a preposition; either "to" or "for" (or a phrase such as "for the benefit of ") would serve the purpose.

And while it is not "incorrect" to end a sentence with a preposition, it can seem rather awkward — especially if there are too many words immediately before that preposition. "… providing us with" would sound OK, and "… providing us learners with" wouldn't seem particularly strained, but "… providing learners like me with" feels a bit jumbled for use in writing or careful speech.

Koh Elaine
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 7:13:02 PM
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Thanks, Romany and NKM.
DidierAubin87
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 10:06:57 PM
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I think the second sentence is true, the first one is missing a related word between providing and learners.
Fyfardens
Posted: Monday, January 15, 2018 11:50:13 PM
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DidierAubin87 wrote:
I think the second sentence is true,


You think it is correct, not true.
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