1)He gave me a pen to write with.

2)He gave me money to spend.

Why spend is not taking preposition as it is done in first example. Kindly help me.

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    Probably because you spend money. No preposition is needed there, so none is needed in the infinitive.
    – Lawrence
    Commented Jan 27, 2019 at 8:49

1 Answer 1


'To spend' is a transitive verb here and it needs no preposition (to spend time, money. etc.).

'To write' needs the preposition 'with' to show the instrument (to write with pen, pencil, chalk, etc.) used.

  • "She spent all his money on clothes"? "We spent everyday on the beach"
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 27, 2019 at 9:03
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    'On' can be used, but there is not 'on' in the sentence of the question.
    – user307254
    Commented Jan 27, 2019 at 9:11
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    Your answer seems to suggest that because ‘spend’ is a transitive verb it doesn't require a preposition. You should clarify (it's easy for a learner to gloss over the "here").
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Jan 27, 2019 at 9:15
  • So what type of infinitive need preposition in the end.
    – mannu
    Commented Jan 27, 2019 at 9:51
  • In your case there two Simple Active Infinitives.
    – user307254
    Commented Jan 27, 2019 at 9:55

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