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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is/are grammatically correct?

1) He (has) just signed UP with/for the Los Angeles Lakers.

2) He (has) just signed ON with/for the Los Angeles Lakers.

3) He (has) just signed UP a five-year contract with/for the Los Angeles Lakers.

4)  He (has) just signed ON a five-year contract with/for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Thank you very much for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is/are grammatically correct?

1) He (has) just signed UP with/for the Los Angeles Lakers.

2) He (has) just signed ON with/for the Los Angeles Lakers.

*** #1 is correct.  It should be "He has just signed UP WITH the Los Angeles Lakers."

3) He (has) just signed UP a five-year contract with/for the Los Angeles Lakers.

4)  He (has) just signed ON a five-year contract with/for the Los Angeles
Lakers.

*** #4 is correct.  Paolo, in many instances the preposition is not used.  Look at #4 for example:  Usually, we say, "He has just SIGNED A FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT."  We can assume that there was a line somewhere in that contract ON which he signed his name.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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