I've found this example for
Carol looked to see what her finger was pointing at.
Can we rephrase the sentence as shown below?
Carol looked to see at what her finger was pointing.
Why or why not?
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is terrible in English.
The verb "see" is a transitive verb, and needs a direct (not indirect) object.
That something ("what" in the sentence) is at the same time the object to the preposition "at" in this other sentence:
The only way both sentences can be linked together is by saying:
This is because the verb "see" cannot be followed by a prepositional phrase.