Fascism has opened up the depths of society for politics. Today, not only in peasant homes but also in city skyscrapers, there lives alongside of the twentieth century the tenth or thirteenth.

Could the preposition of can be omitted in the above sentence without a change of the meaning?


It is much more natural without of. Of the 8,339 citation for alongside in the Corpus of Contemporary English, only 126 are for alongside of.

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    Maybe it's worth noting that in many contexts, alongside can be directly replaced by beside. But whereas alongside of is normally at least "acceptable" (albeit also "unnecessary") to many native speakers in many contexts, I don't think beside of could ever work. Nov 14 '14 at 13:38

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