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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Is it "Free"? or "For Free"?

Today's News Tribune Executive Editor wrote: "...we supply newspapers for free to students...." A laudible program, I'm sure. Still, The Grammar Anarchist asks, "Is that extra preposition necessary?" Why can't you "supply newspapers free to students"?


Kristen from S.C. said...

I always heard "for free" as far back as the lady at the candy store. She gave us hard candy "for free." I come from South Carolina.

The Grammar Anarchist said...

This may be a regional thing. My candy clerk gave us candy freely. That made it free.