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As I was preparing for my exam, I stumped upon this sentence when reading a sample essay. However, since I have never used preposition + and + preposition, it would be great if anyone can tell me this sentence below sounds natural and its grammar is correct or not.

Satisfaction is also increased by a sense of responsibility for and loyalty to a team.

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The Question is Preposition + and + preposition (Can) anyone can tell me (if the) sentence below sounds natural and it's grammar is correct or not.

The easy answer is can you use them in two stand alone sentences?

Satisfaction is also increased by a sense of responsibility for, and loyalty to, a team.

Satisfaction is also increased by a sense of responsibility for a team.

Satisfaction is also increased by a sense of loyalty to a team.

No the sentence does not sound natural because it is not how you would normally talk. Is the grammar correct? Yes from the two stand alone sentences I was able to reproduce. However I am not sure if what the writer meant is what they have written, when they used responsibility for. Personally I would have written the following

Satisfaction is also increased by both a sense of responsibility and loyalty towards a team.

I believe the way the sentence is originally written leaves a bit of ambiguity towards what the sense of responsibility is. Is it a sense of he/she is the responsible person for the team( it's their Duty) . Or a sense of the ability to act correctly and make decisions that will be beneficial to the team. I believe the use of towards instead of for removes that ambiguity.

Your responsibilities will be mainly administrative.

The job carries a lot of responsibility

towards preposition (RELATION) in relation to something or someone:Cambridge English Dictionary

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Some commas would help:

Satisfaction is also increased by a sense of responsibility for, and loyalty to, a team.

It means

Satisfaction is increased by a sense of responsibility for a team. Also, Satisfaction is increased by a sense of loyalty to a team.

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  • So the point is that without commas, the sentence is grammatically wrong?
    – GKK
    Aug 2, 2019 at 23:40
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    @Floret Commas are in no way necessary. That's purely a subjective style. The grammar is fine without them. Aug 3, 2019 at 3:19

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