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I'm a student. I want to know weather the following sentences are correct or wrong.

1. Is the dog sleeping the bone again?
2. Max cleaned the garden up.
3. Max cleaned up the garden.
4. Max cleaned up it.
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1. No. Is the dog sniffing the bone again?
2. Acceptable.
3. Acceptable.
4. No. Max cleaned it up.
Can you please explain the reason for # 4 being wrong?
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RishonlyCan you please explain the reason for # 4 being wrong?

It simply would never be used that way. The pronoun wants to be used directly after the verb. Jacko is correct with his alternative.
Hi Lazarus,

'The pronoun wants to be used' is incorrect. You can say 'The pronoun needs to be used' or 'The pronoun should be used ..' or ..etc, in so many ways. My two cents.
In English you have an fixed word order, except in interrogatives and exclamations.

It looks as this:

Subject + verb + object/complement - this is how an affirmative sentence looks like, normally.

From this your sentence 4. Max cleaned up it, is correct but since it is a verbal phrase consisting of two items you need to split them up and put the pronoun in between. I cannot explain this grammatically. perhaps another one can.

Jay
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Thanks, X11.
De nada rishonly, but i did not explain it grammatically. Anyone able to do so?

Jay
Uhm, I think "Max cleaned it up" is correct. The question here is where we put the object. Am I right?! If a transitive phrasal verb ends with an adverb, we have 3 possibilities!

1. If the object is a noun phrase, you can put it ever before or after the adverb.
Example: "Max cleaned up the garden" or "Max cleaned the garden up"

2. If the object is a pronoun (I mean: he, she, it... etc.), you have to put it before the adverb. (like the sentence "Max cleaned it up") I give another example. You say "Could you please turn it (eg: the light, TV, fan...) on?", NOT say "Could you please turn on it?") Do you agree?

3. If the object is a long phrase, you usually put it at the end after the phrase verb.
Example: Could you please turn on the light that is on your left-hand?

Is my explanation clear?! I'm not native speaker but I tried my best to explain! Hope it's useful for you!

Tammy
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