using prepositions "pass away"


As the instruction using preposition "away" cannot be end of the sentence. How I can use "pass away" in this sentence? "After about 2 years later, he passed away. "

See example:

After about 2 years later, he passed away.
asked Sep 14 '13 at 06:31 Justine Jung New member

2 answers


Ending a sentence with a preposition is frowned upon, but there is no hard and fast rule against it.

In this sentence, you have used the idiom 'passed away', which means 'died'. This is perfectly acceptable.

I wouldn't use both 'after' and 'later' in  the same clause, though. It's redundant, and both words create an awkward statement.


After about 2 years, he passed away.

About 2 years later, he passed away.

link comment answered Sep 14 '13 at 09:07 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

"Pass away" acts as a phrasal verb, i.e., a "single verb unit" with a verb and a particle and/or a preposition. Therefore, using it at the end of a sentence is not incorrect as the preposition does not act on its own, and you need not rephrase the sentence.


Other examples of phrasal verbs are "clean up," "clean up after," "listen up," "stand by," "dress down," "pass for," and "hang out."


Hope this helps!

link comment answered Sep 14 '13 at 09:06 Joyce F Contributor

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