Questions about prepositional phrases.

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What can a prepositional phrase modify adverbially?

I wonder what prepositional phrase can modify when it as an adverb phrase? I've learned about adjective + preposition these day, and I got confused. see - It's very generous of you to bring me a ...
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Usage of “reply”: Please reply to me or reply me (used in formal tone) [on hold]

Which usage is correct? Please reply to me as soon as possible. Please reply me as soon as possible. In my understanding, people say, "Please reply my mail..." What about the ones I wrote above? I ...
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Sentence Diagramming: The bird in the tree sang happily

Diagramming: The bird in the tree sang happily I diagrammed the sentence correctly; but according to the author there is a potential trip to watch out for in the sentence she gave. She says: You ...
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Taking a bite “at life” or “of life”? [closed]

I'm thinking of a title for my blog post. Would you say: (I am) taking a bite "at life" or "of life"? Does it make sense to use it if I mean to convey the message that I am making an effort to live ...
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A “lesson 'in' compassion”, but a “moral ___ compassion”?

We say "a lesson 'in' something". What is the acceptable preposition to be used with "moral" as a synonymous noun with "message" or "lesson"? The most common collocation is "the moral 'of' the ...
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“Dance it out” or “dance it off”? [closed]

If the one wanted to, for example, dance to forget about problems/to unload, should we colloquially say 'dance it off' or 'dance it out'?
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Prepositional phrases - adverbial vs. adjectival

I have a question about a prepositional phrase. -Don't throw the cigarette butts away in the trash bin. -Make sure to throw away all the paper on the floor. Both of two sentences have the same ...
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Get a contact to or on somebody

I have a pickle. A student of mine asked me to check his email in which he said: 'Here's contact to Mr. XYZ.' I didn't find it wrong, but than his colleagues suggested: 'Contact on Mr. ...
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“answered in” or “answered”?

I'm confused whether the verb answer should come with the preposition in or without it in a sentence "the timing a question will be answered in is important" or "the timing a question will be answered ...
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“Seeking for an answer” or “seeking an answer”

What is the difference between seeking an answer and seeking for an answer? I found an ngram which says that seeking an answer is used much more often compared to seeking for an answer but how about ...
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Help identifying preposition in a sentence [closed]

In the sentence, "Most toys are made in China". Is the preposition (In China)? If so, does that work grammatically? Thanks, Ben
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prepositions “in” and “at” with school subjects

I came across a phrase: "My brother is first in Maths" Is it possible to say "he is first at Maths" instead of "he is first in Maths"? I thought that I should say "at" when I speak about somebody's ...
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“Considering …, the middle-out approach” Is this a dangling modifier? [closed]

I am writing my thesis and I have the following sentence: [Considering its empirical complements together with the complexity, extensiveness and dynamics of the city logistic system,] the ...
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an outstanding profile for (a quality or achievement)? [closed]

I have a question about my usage of "profile" in the following sentence: X is a businessman from Y with an outstanding profile for his success in the supply industry as well as his passion for ...
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“Which course are you enrolled in?” vs. “Under which course are you enrolled?”

If I want to ask someone about the course they are taking, what would be the more appropriate usage: Which course are you enrolled in? Under which course are you enrolled?
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PP in NP: complements or adjuncts?

Can you help me to find what function/relation these components(italicised) hold to the head noun(bold-faced)? the benefit of running 5k everyday the results of being a single mom Are they ...
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Does “on earth” replace “on the earth” in modern English?

I am a non-native English speaker. Since school, I was taught "on the earth" is equal to "in the world", and "on earth"'s meaning should be "indeed". But nowadays, I find "on earth" has replaced "on ...
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Is the statement “to insert (one object) _over_ (another object)” acceptable usage?

The common definition for "insert" is: to put or place in, as in "to insert a key in a lock." Nonetheless, particularly in technical descriptions, you can find numerous examples where "insert" is ...
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Call In/For a New Job

Suppose I looked for a job on the Internet, found a few offers interesting and decided to call the phone numbers they had posted. Am I calling in or calling for the new jobs? (Or should I simply say ...
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Function of “about”- practised physiotherapy for about 6 months

I practised physiotherapy for about 6 months. I understand that "about" can take forms such as an adv, adj, preposition. Though I can rephrase the sentence, however, I am curious to find out ...
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Difference in meaning of 'sorry for your loss' & 'sorry about your loss'?

Does the two preposition 'about' & 'for' impart different meaning to the phrases 'sorry for your loss' & 'sorry about your loss' ? Considering the cases of both personal loss(death) & ...
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What's the hypercorrect way to phrase a sentence with two 'for's in a row?

Some backstory: It was the Friday before Valentine's day, and I walked into a classroom to find a pile of Hershey's Kisses left for someone in the class. Initially, I wanted to take one, but then I ...
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Use of preposition “from” after “across” [closed]

I need a little help with these sentences: The cafe is across from the tailor. The cafe is across the tailor. Which one is correct? Thank you!
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Do brides in church weddings go up the aisle toward the altar or down the aisle toward the altar?

Nigel Rees, The Cassell Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins (1987) has this entry regarding the question "WHY DO WE SAY ... BRIDES GO UP THE AISLE?" Sir Thomas Bazley fired off a letter to The ...
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Difference between 'to the left' and 'on the left'

I have encountered these expressions today, when I was describing a photo. People are lining up in the picture. I wanted to explain someone who is standing next to the person on the far left. And I ...
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“identical with” vs. “identical to”

I find myself always wondering which is the grammatically correct expression or, provided that both are correct, whether there are differences between their meaning. One example: Passage A in this ...
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Alternative to ending an sentence with “contribute to”

I have a bad habit of leaving ending sentences with prepositions. I'm inclined to write: Two communities I'm working to contribute to Is there a phrasing, and possibly a grammatical rule, that ...
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Sentences start with Of

What is the meaning of of when it starts a sentence? For example, and what is the grammatically correct way to write a sentence starting with of?
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“Change in meaning (or role, or use)” vs "Change of meaning (or role, or use)

I'm slightly confused. I'm editing my notes from an introductory lecture to grammar and I found this: A change in the form of the word in order to express a change in the use, meaning or role in ...
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Part of speech of “brief” and “short” in the phrases “in brief” and “in short”

The phrases "in brief" and "in short" function as adverbs, but as what part of speech do "brief" and "short" function in these phrases? "Brief" stands alone as both a noun and adjective and could be ...
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what is the prepositional object of “1 in 5 students”? [duplicate]

"1 in 5 students uses tobacco." What is the subject? What is the prepositional object of "in"? What part of speech is "5"? What part of speech is "students"? I don't need a re-wording of the ...
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Recommended sources for understanding the spatial and abstract meanings of English prepositions

Can anyone recommend to me a good book and any other sources where I can study in detail the spatial and abstract meanings of English prepositions? Since I am a visual learner, I would love to find ...
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When should I use a comma before a prepositional phrase?

Can someone please give me some examples of when I should and should not use a comma before a prepositional phrase? These are some of the sentences that I am having trouble with: These are the ...
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Can one talk “with” someone?

The verb talk usually has to preceding its complement/object: (I) I talked to him about his misbehavior. Is it idiomatic (and/or grammatical) to use with instead? (II) I talked with him about ...
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Do we say “After 7th grade” or “After THE 7th grade”

I would like to ask if we say "After 7th grade" or "After THE 7th grade"
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What does “She is tall for her age” mean?

I read the following sentence She is tall for her age. Now I'm greatly confused about its meaning. Does it mean "she would have as long age as she is tall" (perhaps showing prediction) Or ...
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Uncommon uses of the preposition 'with'

It strikes me that the way we use 'with' is more complex than we may think. So I have two questions: Can the preposition 'with' be used to mean 'about' or 'in relation to'? (sentence a and b). And ...
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Adjective after instead

The study described in the article shows that implementation of dynamic LED boards doesn’t show a clear increase in traffic flow at the bottleneck before congestions, probably because the LED ...
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“At the most difficult times” or “in the most difficult times”

In the example below which preposition is appropriate: at or in? Family will be there for you [at/in] the most difficult times no matter what.
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Which is better equivalent for “in stock”? “At hand”, “on hand”, or “in hand”?

Which is a better equivalent for “in stock” (meaning a product is in stock)? “at hand” “on hand” “in hand” Can any of them be used? Which is the most appropriate? Which is second-best?
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The Order of Modification in English Nouns, Preceding or Succeeding? [closed]

As I don't know the exact linguistic terms, what I mean my "preceding" and "succeeding" in modifying nouns is as follows. Preceding : delicious food, long way, kind person, et cetera Succeeding : ...
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Omitting definite articles in prepositional phrases with specific objects

Hyphenated adjectives aside, is omitting the "the" in "on scene," "in studio," "on set" etc. any more or less correct than including it? My inquiry stems primarily from curiosity about the use of ...
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'out of' vs 'from' (a series)

Is it acceptable to say something along the lines of "this microphone is out of the 122 series" instead of "this microphone is from the 122 series" ? I have a colleague who insists that using 'out ...
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Ordering prepositional phrases

I have rewritten a sentence like the one below several times, and I could not seem to put the prepositional phrases in an order that sounded correct to me. Is there a better way to construct this ...
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“My aunt is coming to dinner tomorrow” (grammar of 'to dinner')

My aunt is coming to dinner tomorrow. The meaning is clear. However, if you think about it, what this seems to literally say is that the aunt is going directly to some dinner (and not even an ...
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“Most of what” and “is” or “are”

I've gotten into an argument about whether "Most of what I've read is books" or "Most of what I've read are books" is correct. I think it should be "is" because "most of" refers to "what I've read" ...
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Is there an -ically suffixed word to describe a duration?

We know about chronologically to describe order by time, but is there a word to describe duration? I want to say something like "school is x-ically taxing", as in, school is heavily taxing on an ...
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Prepositions: “The confusing widgets of language”

The title is adapted from an article in THE WEEK, written by James Harbeck. Well worth reading if you ask me. I don't particularly like prepositions. They are small, seemingly insignificant things ...
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Can a prepositional phrase starting with “during” work as an adjectival phrase?

A prepositional phrase comprising a preposition and a noun phrase can generally function either as an adjectival phrase or as an adverbial phrase. The book on the table is mine. (The ...
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Meaning of “by” when used with dates - inclusive or exclusive [duplicate]

If, in a contract fr example, the text reads: "X has to finish the work by MM-DD-YYYY", does the "by" include the date or exclude it? In other words, will the work delivered on the specified date ...