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There's nothing grammatically wrong with that construction. In fact it's quite common. It's an example of a dependent clause. You can use any subordinating conjunctions in this way. However, I will agree that it sounds a bit odd for other reasons. The development of the economy speaks of the development almost as if it was a single event. Personally, I'd ...
Since wake up is separable phrasal verb and not all separable phrasal verbs doesn't change the meaning 'wake up Joe' means that the speaker is waking Joe up. On the other hand, 'wake him up' means that the speaker is asking someone to wake Joe up. For example: Wake up Joe, it's time! Tony, wake Joe up, it's time!
As an alternative to this 'either/or' scenario, I would suggest eliminating the word "up" from the phrase entirely. The result is perhaps more traditional, but I don't believe the word "up" is necessary in the example phrase, nor is it needed in most cases. "Go and wake Joe." "The drunk woke upon hearing the door slam." "I must wake at dawn in order to ...
"at quarter past two" is a prepositional phrase, where "two" is the object, "past" is an adjective describing the two, and quarter is an adverb modifying past. The entire prepositional phrase modifies "arrived". As an intransitive verb, it cannot take an object, but it can be modified. This article on transitive and intransitive verbs explains it further. ...
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