I have already seen the verb "escape" with preposition ("from") and without. Is one of the uses the correct?

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  • There is a rule that allows skipping the preposition, but right now it escapes me. – Hot Licks Feb 2 '16 at 13:24
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    (According to Webster the word can be either transitive or intransitive.) – Hot Licks Feb 2 '16 at 13:25

Why don't you look up "escape" in a dictionary such as Oald which gives a survey about the possible verb constructions.



Depends on the context.

"Our prisoner has escaped" is perfectly fine.

"I have escaped from Alcatraz" is, too.

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    Someone downvoted your answer, so I upvoted it. It does answer this rather open-ended question. I'm not sure who is going around downvoting legitimate answers... – Tim Ward Feb 2 '16 at 17:28
  • @TimWard I think the Original Poster is asking about a transitive verb usage of to escape something and a phrasal verb usage of to escape from something. This post doesn't answer the question and has no research or link to back up the answer. Furthermore, the question is general reference which is easily answerable by looking up the dictionary. Upvoting an answer just because some users downvoted it doesn't help the community. – user140086 Feb 3 '16 at 13:33
  • Hi, Zbynek, please try to include research or link to support your answer in accordance with the guidelines of our Help Center. – user140086 Feb 3 '16 at 13:35
  • I wasn't aware you need "research" or "links" to know how trivial English phraseology works. – Zbyněk Dráb Feb 3 '16 at 14:04
  • @Rathony, I didn't upvote it just because it was downvoted. Read my second sentence, please. :) – Tim Ward Feb 3 '16 at 15:08

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