Reply to "'To chase' vs. 'to chase after'"

Both "chase" and chase after" can be used, but not equally with "around the house." When you use "chase after" you don't usually use "around" + a noun. Google results (where * stands for "any word," in this case the direct object of the verb):

"Chased after * around the" = 30

"Chased * around the" = 5,860

'"Chased after * around the house" yielded one example.

The Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, at

http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary

...gives this information:

CHASE
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): chased ; chasĀ·ing
[,,,]
transitive sense
1 a : to follow rapidly :PURSUE b:HUNT c:to follow regularly or persistently with the intention of attracting or alluring
2obsolete :HARASS
3: to seek out -- often used with down <detectives chasing down clues>
4: to cause to depart or flee Big GrinRIVE <chase the dog out of the garden>
5: to cause the removal of (a baseball pitcher) by a batting rally
intransitive senses
1: to chase an animal, person, or thing < chase after material possessions>

The more natural sentence, then, is Sentence 2.

Marilyn Martin
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