Hi.

I have just been asked a grammar question by a Japanese friend and I was not 100% sure.

Comparing sentences:

1. We carried on a conversation

2. We carried on WITH a conversation

Are both correct?

Is there a difference in meaning?

Thanks

Yoozee

 

Original Post

Hello, Yoozee, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

Both "carry on" and "carry on with" are possible. The main grammatical difference is that "carry on with" is always transitive:

- They carried on with their conversation. (Source)

while "carry on" can be intransitive:

- Their conversation carried on for hours.

Hey Gustavo. Thanks for the speedy reply. I am a native English speaker who is helping a Japanese friend to improve her English language skills. However, my grammar knowledge is not great, but it is improving, especially when I need to research the questions I am asked. I appreciate your help, in addition do you think using this forum for questions I cannot otherwise answer, is a legitimate use of the forum? Or maybe, I will just get a reputation as a grammar pest! Honestly, what do you think? Best wishes Yoozee

Yoozee posted:

Do you think using this forum for questions I cannot otherwise answer, is a legitimate use of the forum? Or maybe, I will just get a reputation as a grammar pest! Honestly, what do you think?

Of course, Yoozee. Your questions will be most welcome.

I'm not a native speaker, but have studied the language for many years (a few decades, actually). David, our moderator, combines both virtues: he is a highly educated native speaker and a great grammarian. I trust we will be able to help you with any future questions to want to post.

Just to add to your knowledge of grammar, carry on is called a phrasal verb, while carry on with is known as a phrasal prepositional verb. Similar pairs are go on/go on with, get on/get on with, catch up/catch up with, to name just a few.

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I really appreciate your response Gustavo. As new grammar challenges arise I will try to find the explanation through my own research. However, it is comforting to know I can seek help from experts if I am still unsure. Best wishes and I will be back 😀

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