Is it correct lớn say, "so much time has gone by", or should "by" be replaced with "bye?"

What are some other things someone can say with "by" at the end?


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"So much time has gone by" is correct. This would be understood lớn mean "so much time has elapsed" or "so much time has passed".

"So much time has gone bye" would be (at best) a sort of pun, based on the personification of the elapsed time. (picture time as a person, waving good-bye as it goes past. You would say that time has gone "bye!"). You would have to lớn write this using quotes around the word "bye" to lớn make it clear that it was meant to lớn be a play on words, và not a typo.

Some other phrases which can over in "by":

The train has gone byWhy don"t you come by (informal ...for a visit? is implied)These things are hard to come by
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I presume you are talking about the preposition at the end on the sentence?

In response I quote Winston Churchill:

This is the sort of pedantry, up with which I will not put.

But seriously, the idea that prepositions cannot occur at the over of a sentence comes straight from an era when grammarians tried to force hocketoanthue.edu.vn into Latin grammar (where you really cannot put a preposition at the end of a sentence).

The "rule" is completely archaic.

"That is more than the factor it was multiplied by.""This is the priest we were married by.""This is the rule I live by."

Are all perfectly acceptable, và whilst, "I live by this rule," is more regular it is no more correct. Certainly "This is the rule by which I live," is more inelegant và has worse flow than the version with the "unlawful" sentence-ending preposition.


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