Keep all defective items .....

  1. It will come in my work.

  2. It will come to my work.

Which of the two or something else is suitable in this context?

  • I’m having trouble understanding what your sentence is trying to say, and I also don’t know what “Keep all defective items” means here. Can you try to explain a little bit more about what you are trying to express? – J.R. Feb 26 '19 at 1:57
  • I am saying someone to keep all the defective items because I can do some works with these defective items – Kumar sadhu Feb 26 '19 at 2:00
  • Do you mean that you are asking someone to keep some defective items for you (instead of throwing them out), so that you can use them later? – J.R. Feb 26 '19 at 2:04
  • Exactly, sir, I am trying to say the same. – Kumar sadhu Feb 26 '19 at 2:06
  • I suppose you're trying to express something like: "Keep all the defective items; they will come in handy in my work." So, of the two choices given, the suitable preposition is "in". – Tasneem ZH Feb 26 '19 at 4:33

To say what you are trying to say, I don’t think you should use a prepositional phrase at all. Based on your comments, I would recommend something more along these lines:

Save all the defective items, because I’ll be able to use them later.
Don’t throw away the defects; I can put them to good use.

Some key points that might be helpful:

  • On keep vs. save - Using keep makes it sound like you are asking the person to keep these items for their own use. Using save makes it more clear that they are not necessarily keeping the items to use themselves.

  • On defects vs. defective items - There is nothing wrong with defective items, but sometimes the plural noun defects is used as a shorter alternative.

  • On work vs. use - I think work is a difficult word to understand in this context. It’s too vague. I had a hard time even guessing at a meaning for your original sentence.

  • On them vs. it - Since you are talking about more than one defective item, you should use a plural pronoun. (You could use it there was only one defective item: Save that defective item; I’ll be able to use it later.

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  • But if I would like to use the prepositional phrase, then which of the two is more correct? – Kumar sadhu Feb 26 '19 at 2:26
  • @Kumar - Your sentence with the prepositional phrase made no sense to me. I’m not sure why you’d want to use it if it so difficult to understand. – J.R. Feb 26 '19 at 2:52
  • I agree with your answer—except that I don't see how it correlates to the two example sentences given in the question. Then again, I'm failing to see how the two example sentences have anything to do with keeping defective items in the first place. (Let alone prepositions.) Those things seem completely separate from each other . . . – Jason Bassford Feb 26 '19 at 4:45
  • @JasonB - Exactly. I think the OP needs to restructure the sentence, not choose the correct preposition. There is no "correct" preposition in a nonsense sentence. – J.R. Feb 26 '19 at 16:47

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