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onsen
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 9:23:52 AM
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Hello,

Quote:

A. He’s always going on about money.
B. I don’t know what you’re on about!

be/go/keep on about something


What are the parts of speech of the 'on' in the above two sentences A and B?


Thank you.
thar
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 10:43:41 AM

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Its a phrasal verb, idiomatic.

To go on about something.

To go on
it is an adverb, modifying the verb go. But it doesn't mean anything by itself, only as part of the phrasal verb.
sureshot
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 11:43:28 AM
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onsen wrote:
Hello,

Quote:

A. He’s always going on about money.
B. I don’t know what you’re on about!

be/go/keep on about something


What are the parts of speech of the 'on' in the above two sentences A and B?


Thank you.

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Look at the words "on" and the next word "about". Both these words can function as prepositions. In this sentence, " about' is a preposition. Two prepositions are not placed together. When you are faced with such a situation, it is usual to consider the first preposition as an adverb. So, in the given sentences, "on" is functioning as an adverb.
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