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Recently I've heard someone say "Off I go." At first it sounded a bit strange, then I've realized maybe it could be a saying. Or maybe not. So here it is my question: Are there any other sentences, or can I form sentences where it is allowed to start with a preposition?

  • Off to work I go. – kiamlaluno Feb 1 '13 at 15:21
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You can certainly begin a sentence with a preposition. In your example (see, I've just done it), off is an adverb rather than a preposition, but you can still begin a sentence with it. Similar examples are In I go, On I go, Out I go and Up I go.

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    +1 However, putting the adverb that specifies the direction of go first is idiomatic and not exactly regular. That is, it is the most common word order in these expressions, but it is unusual elsewhere; I would call it a form of inversion. – Cerberus Feb 1 '13 at 15:54
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Of course you can. Like I just did. Up until now, all my sentences have started with prepositions. (That last sentence started with two of them.)

In your question (and there's another one), where you say:

At first it sounded a bit strange, then I've realized maybe it could be a saying.

You start off a sentence with a preposition, so I guess even though you didn't know if it could be done you knew you could do it. :)

There's an incomplete, but useful list of prepositions here. If you look through it, you'll find a lot of them will happily sit at the front of a sentence.

  • I sure did, oddly I haven't realized that before. But in my opinion it's more common finding 'at' at the beginning of a sentence rather than 'off'. That 'off' in particular was unsettling for me. Thank you for your answer and of course your list. – haunted85 Feb 1 '13 at 16:43
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    I think "up" was an adverb in the "up until". – Joe Z. Feb 1 '13 at 16:57

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