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Stop at or stop by

 
 
Reply Sat 23 Dec, 2017 11:23 am
If the sentence below is correct, should I use "stop at" or "stop by"?

I'll stop at/by John's on the way from work.

Also, is the 's after "John" really necessary?

Thank you.
 
centrox
 
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Reply Sat 23 Dec, 2017 12:10 pm
@paok1970,
You can use 'at', or 'by', and the possessive apostrophe and s are required because you are stopping by/at John's house/flat/apartment/home, although that word is omitted.
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layman
 
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Reply Sat 23 Dec, 2017 01:44 pm
@paok1970,
I suspect, without knowing, that "stopping by" was initially used in conjunction with places that were on or very near a route you were planning on taking anyway. If so, it's no longer confined to that, really.

Still, if you are going substantially out of your way to see someone you would generally use something like "visit" or "go see" instead of "stopping at/by."
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centrox
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 05:24 am
Cambridge Dictionary: "stop by (somewhere) — phrasal verb with stop - to visit someone for a short time, usually on the way to another place"

Verb phrases ending in 'by' are used when something happens on the way to somewhere: pass by, go by, etc. These days some people say 'swing by' to indicate a similar idea to 'stop by', but with the sense of briefly interrupted motion emphasised. You can 'stop by' somewhere even if it is not on the most direct route between your starting point and destination: if I go home via Camberwell, I can stop by Mother's house and see her new dog.
layman
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 05:39 am
@centrox,
Last week I went banging on the front door of this fine-ass teenage girl that I've been stalking for about a year now.

Her dad came to the door and I said: "Oh, hello, Mr. Smith. I was in the neighborhood so I thought I would stop by to say hello to Julia."

He said: "That so, layman, ya damn perv, ya? Tellya what...here, say "hello" to my little friend."

That's when he hauled out his double-barreled sawed off shotgun and squeezed off both barrels.

Too late! I had already dove over the porch railing and was running like a bat out of hell.

Point is, it's not always advisable to just "stop by." Tonight I will park about a block from her house, wait for her to leave, then follow her to wherever she's going. Then I will approach her, noting how "coincidental" (code for ordained by God and fate) it is that we just happened to be in the same vicinity, ya know?
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centrox
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 09:59 am
@centrox,
centrox wrote:
if I go home via Camberwell, I can stop by Mother's house and see her new dog.

I work at Elephant and Castle, and live in Streatham, in this example. To get home, I could just jump on a Thameslink train direct, but if I want to stop by at Mother's, I can get a 68 bus to Camberwell Green, where she lives, then later board another 68 to Tulse Hill and walk home from there.

paok1970
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 10:09 am
@centrox,
How do I quote your words?
paok1970
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 10:13 am
@paok1970,
For instance, what should I do to write this in my reply?

centrox wrote:
if I go home via Camberwell, I can stop by Mother's house and see her new dog.
centrox
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 10:18 am
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:

For instance, what should I do to write this in my reply?

centrox wrote:
if I go home via Camberwell, I can stop by Mother's house and see her new dog.


Please explain what you are asking.
paok1970
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 10:22 am
@centrox,
What did you do to report my words, that is, "paok1970 wrote:....."?

Technically, what should I do?


layman
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:01 am
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:

For instance, what should I do to write this in my reply?

centrox wrote:
if I go home via Camberwell, I can stop by Mother's house and see her new dog.

In this instance, I quoted your entire post by choosing to "quote" rather than simply "reply" to your post. Those options are given at the top.

If I wanted to quote you selectively (partially) I could do it one of two ways:

1. Hit "quote" (the entire post) and then edit (delete some of) your post before hitting "reply," or

2. Put quote=paok1970 (in brackets) before your words and then, [/quote] at the end.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:08 am
@paok1970,
Go to the bottom of any page - select "my preferences"

Once you are at that page, check that you have selected yes - next to the 'show quote button' option
layman
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:11 am
@ehBeth,
Yeah, what Beth said, too. I forgot you had to choose "quote" as an option in order for it to appear.
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paok1970
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:15 am
@layman,
layman wrote:

2. Put quote=paok1970 (in brackets) before your words and then, at the end.


Would you please explain option #2 further?

Thanks again for your kind help
paok1970
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:18 am
@centrox,
centrox wrote:

but if I want to stop by at Mother's,


Is it "to stop by Mother's" or "to stop by at Mother's"?

Thanks again for your kind help.
layman
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:30 am
@paok1970,
paok1970 wrote:

layman wrote:

2. Put quote=paok1970 (in brackets) before your words and then, at the end.


Would you please explain option #2 further?

Thanks again for your kind help



If I actually do it, then it will show up as a quote, not an explanation.

Say I want to put this in quotes: "You are good."

Before the word "you" I would type "quote" and put it in brackets []

If I want to say who I am quoting, then I would add "=somebody" after the word "quote" in the brackets. It would then come out like this:

somebody wrote:
You are good.

layman
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:37 am
@layman,
Edit: your quote of me (which I quoted) left this out:

put "/quote" in brackets when you want to finish quoting, like this:

[/quote]
paok1970
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:40 am
@layman,
layman wrote:
"You are good."




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paok1970
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:42 am
@layman,
layman wrote:

put "/quote" in brackets when you want to finish quoting, like this:
layman
 
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Reply Sun 24 Dec, 2017 11:45 am
@paok1970,
Looks like you got it now.

The Patty Cake Man wrote:
Good work.
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