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If a prepositional verb and a non-prepositional one have the same object, should I put first the non-prepositional one, or it's not necessary ? The sentence is "You should reflect on and examine this case"

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  • Yes, or you can use parenthetical commas: "You should reflect on, and examine, this case" or "You should examine, and reflect on, this case" – Greybeard Oct 12 '20 at 10:57
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    Since you'd probably have to examine the case before you can reflect on it, you may want to put it in that order. – BillJ Oct 12 '20 at 11:13
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    In general, though, if you have two conjuncts and one is longer, the longer one goes second, the shorter is first. That's not a grammar rule; it's just a fact about human communication and perception. Cooper and Ross attribute this principle to Pāṇini in their classic paper "World Order". – John Lawler Oct 12 '20 at 16:04

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