I saw the following sentence in my classmate’s written assignment: ‘The injured soldiers were well attended to by the nurses.’ It looks weird to have two prepositions to and by put right next to each other. Can you tell me whether this is a grammatically correct sentence?


Yes—it's just fine. There's nothing weird about two or more prepositions next to each other.

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How could I possibly explain why is it normal to have several prepositions next to each other? I know it serves as different functions but what is the right grammatical way to explain it?

pengoworld69what is the right grammatical way to explain it?

You explain it by parsing the sentence into its semantic units.

By coincidence, a phrasal verb often comes before a prepositional phrase.

[The injured soldiers] subject

[were well attended to] The phrasal verb is "attend to" This is a passive form with the adverb "well."

[by the nurses.] prepositional phrase, the agent in the sentence.

This is not an instance of a multi-word preposition, but two phrases placed next to each other. Here are some two-word prepositions:

He came out of nowhere.
According to Mike, we can start at 10:00.
The book is next to the lamp.