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I've found this example for point here:

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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This sentence:

  • Carol looked to see at what her finger was pointing.

is terrible in English.

The verb "see" is a transitive verb, and needs a direct (not indirect) object.

  • Carol looked to see something.

That something ("what" in the sentence) is at the same time the object to the preposition "at" in this other sentence:

  • Her finger was pointing at something.

The only way both sentences can be linked together is by saying:

  • Carol looked to see what her finger was pointing at.

This is because the verb "see" cannot be followed by a prepositional phrase.

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