How much permissible to say, "I liked the breakfast the hotel we stayed served", omitting a preposition such as "in" after stayed?

  • One has to read your incorrect sentence three times to find out that you omitted " where/ in which". Have you found something that says you can omit those words?
    – rogermue
    Jun 27, 2015 at 4:39
  • No, but I felt some do speak without a preposition in a casual conversation similar to, "How long did you run?" omitting "for". Doesn't your unnoticing of the omission soon prove that? Jun 29, 2015 at 3:59

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If your goal is to communicate, that sentence does not do a good job.

The preposition is needed to make the sentence coherent. Without the preposition, the sentence is also ungrammatical.


You stay at/in a hotel; you don't stay a hotel. You sentence is grammatically incorrect if you omit the preposition "at/in" in your sentence.

.I liked the breakfast served at the hotel we stayed at/in.

.I liked the breakfast served at the hotel where we stayed.

.I liked the breakfast served at the hotel in which we stayed.


"I liked the breakfast the hotel we stayed served" -- can you omit the preposition (e.g. 'in' or 'at') after stayed?

No, you cannot omit the preposition. We don't 'stay a hotel'. We 'stay in' or 'stay at' a hotel.

To 'stay {something}' means to stop it. The governor can 'stay an execution'.

But we can point at, or mention, a hotel and say "I have stayed there".

  • Stay as a verb is intransitive in form only - not taking a direct object, according to the dictionary. Jun 29, 2015 at 4:05
  • @user3515959: Your dictionary is incomplete. merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stay
    – TimR
    Jun 29, 2015 at 10:49

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