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preposition 'to' after verb 'talk' [closed]

I'm confused whether it is correct to use 'to' after 'talk' or not? Some examples would really be appreciated.
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sorry that I did something, sorry for doing something, or sorry to have done something?

Should it be: 1) "I am sorry (that) I did this to you." 2) "I am sorry for doing this to you." 3) "I am sorry to have done this to you." From what I have learnt about 'sorry', I would exclude 3) ...
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separability, and a question of emphasis

The sentence in question: In short, the so-called “balance of power” is nothing but a policy that masks beneath a desire to preserve a favorable nuclear status quo designed to keep an entire ...
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what do you think of NP?

[i] She thinks of herself as a poet. (Collins #7) [ii] People are thinking of her for president. (Webster’s, think of #2.b) [iii] What do you think of the film? (Cambridge) It seems like verb ...
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Expressions similar to “at the expense of”

I'm struggling to expand my vocabulary. Could you please provide expressions alike to "at the expense of"? Words or phrases are all well-appreciated.
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Up- vs Down-here

Geographically speaking, up is north and down is south (if that's wrong, my entire question is dumb). My friends keep saying they are doing something "down here" when they are actually talking about ...
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“With use of” or “with the use of”?

Do you solve engineering problems with use of programming methods, or, Do you solve engineering problems with the use of programming methods ? Which one is true? Or are both of them false? If so, ...
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Usage of 'into' after 'penetrate'

Somehow I have difficulties telling which one is more correct They penetrate into the building OR They penetrate the building I've heard it being used both ways and I'd like to hear some thoughts on ...
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What's the most appropriate preposition to use with the word “status”?

Say I have application that tracks TODO items; each TODO item has a status, e.g. "Not Started", "In Progress", "Completed", etc. Which phrasing is the most appropriate to display in the application? ...
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Can the antecedent ever be in a prepositional phrase?

It seems like a basic concept, but I want to make sure. Can the antecedent ever be in a prepositional phrase? For example: Jill likes running with Julie. She is a good person. Does she refer to ...
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Ambiguity about passive in my textbook

In my textbook, it said "In an active sentence we need to include the agent as subject; using a passive allows us to omit the agent by leaving out the prepositional phrase with by" Ex: ...
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Can “to be able to” be used without preposition

Can the phrase "to be able to" be used without the preposition "to". For example, can you say "I will call you back as soon as I am able?"
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“All of the above” usage [duplicate]

My spelling tool suggests that I should fix "All of the" to "All the" in the following statements: If we take all of the above notes into account... All of the methods described above shorten your ...
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prepositional phrases strong enough to bring 'the' before the nouns they modify?

I was wondering if prepositional phrases alone were strong enough to bring the relative pronoun the before the nouns that they modify. Upon reading (2) do you feel the people is restricted or ...
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Apart from + infinitive

A piece of news from the BBC reads as follows [emphasis in the original]: The UN has said very little on the matter, apart from to insist it is immune from legal proceedings. Now, I knew that ...
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Technicalities about “%”?

Usage of "%" I'm almost positive it's a prepositional phrase since it's really means "per cent" or "per 100". So in a sentence like: 90% of my street are doing lawn work. It would be "are" and ...
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Is it preferable to generally use nested prepositional phrases or a hyphenated adjectival phrase?

I've recently run into some sticky situations involving how to write out complicated concept descriptions. Take this example: Which metrics are appropriate for evaluating the accuracy of a ...
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What's the difference between prepositional phrase and adverbial complement?

“I try to give ‘em a reason, you see. It helps folks if they can latch onto a reason.” (Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird) When we say ‘prepositional verb’ and ‘adverbial complement,’ are they ...
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Help sheet for determiners and prepositions [closed]

I'm trying to produce a simple help sheet for foriegn speakers on English determiners and prepositions. Specifically, a basic description of when to use each type of determiner, and then the list of ...
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preposition plus as little noise as possible

The side-passage door was fastened; I opened it with as little noise as possible. (Jane Eyre) What do you call grammatically ‘as little noise as possible’ after ‘with’? I’m very confused ...
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two prepositional phrases

The lighted dial of Dudley's watch, which was dangling over the edge of the sofa on his fat wrist, told Harry he'd be eleven in ten minutes' time. (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) Are ...
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What is the difference between these two sentences?

Consider these two sentences: "I gave him a pencil," and, "I gave a pencil to him." Is it correct that the important part of the sentence is placed at the end? When we want to emphasize the pencil ...
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Is “off to somewhere with a car” correct?

I wonder if the structure of the following sentence is correct: I'm off to my place with my car. I'm the one driving the car, but I prefer not to use the verb drive. Would the following ...
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When do we use “to” as an infinitive marker? [closed]

In these two sentences: I look forward to get. I look forward to getting it. Why is the first sentence incorrect? When do we use to as an infinitive marker?
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“For clarity” vs. “To make clear” [closed]

Compare: "He modified the sentence for clarity." vs "He modified the sentence to make it clear." Any difference here?
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When should the subject agree with the object of the preposition?

Quite often while I'm looking through research articles, I see sentences that start like this one: The tensile strengths of the composites changed... I generally change strengths to strength in ...
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“compiled with gcc” vs “compiled in gcc”

"This program was compiled with gcc." "This program was compiled in gcc." "This program was written in C++." "This program was written with C++." Note: gcc is a widely used compiler ...
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“running on windows” vs “running under windows” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Run on an OS” vs. “run under an OS” "This application can run on windows" versus "This application can run under windows" Which is more natural, or what's the ...
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What part of speech are the words in the phrase “as well as”?

In the sentence: My car as well as my lap top were stolen last night. What part of speech are the words in the phrase as well as? I believe the first as is the preposition of the phrase, that ...
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What are “up” and “down” in “up there” and “down there”?

"Up there" and "down there" are two of the most frequent expressions that I, myself, use often. I really don't know whether they are just expressions used to refer to a place to go ("I went down ...
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Test for intransitivity of verbs?

Is it true that if any verb is immediately followed by a prepositional phrase, then it has to be an intransitive verb? As a counter example, I need a sentence which: (i) has only one verb, and ...
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Infinitive or Gerund for celebration of an event?

Which of the following sentences would be correct in a baby shower invitation. My grandparents are looking forward to celebrate my arrival in February. My grandparents are looking forward to ...
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“Support of” vs. “Support for”

"Show your support for the XYZ (Organization name) this season" or "Show your support of XYZ (Organization name) this year"? I have seen support of and support for both being used. Is there a rule? ...
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When can “very” modify a prepositional phrase?

In Hamlet, when Hammy Jr. asks Polonius whether a cloud looks like a whale, Polly replies, Very like a whale. In contemporary English, however, "very like ..." feels ungrammatical. You instead ...
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Up my street and down the lane [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do I travel “up” or “down” to London from north of the city? Except where there is obvious difference in elevation e.g. on a sloping road, how do ...
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Using “to” versus “for” between two nouns (“key to success”)

Another user provided an example and I have added others: Key to exercise Key for exercise Answer to a problem Answer for a problem Bullet to a gun Bullet for a gun She bought ...
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On Paddington Station?

I was interested to read that Paddington Bear was found on Paddington Station, not in or at Paddington Station. I would never have chosen this usage (I speak Canadian English). I had a look at Google ...
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“'To'/'on' the contrary” in these sentences: is the difference very slight?

I was interested in the following sentences which appeared, respectively, in a news article titled “Can’t Park? Blame a Condo" and in a news article titled "Senator Simmons on the Negro", both in The ...
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“Consist in” vs. “consist of”

I would like to have this clear once and for all: What is the correct use of consist in / consist of? "Meditation consists in/of attentive watchfulness." "The body consists in/of cells." ...
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difference between “engage with someone” and “engage someone”?

What is the difference between "engaging with someone" and "engaging someone"? For example, what is the difference between these two expressions: How do you engage with your employees? How do you ...
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Meaning of “over in”

I read this sentence in a book: I just took part in a study over in the Psychology Department. Why do we add over in front of in the here?
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Is single-word “inbetween” becoming more acceptable? How far can it go?

I get the distinct feeling that "inbetween" occurs increasingly often as a single word, but I'm not at all clear on why it's used more in some contexts than others. What I can is see that in Google ...
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“Can we get this over with?”

I am confused about this sentence because it ends in a preposition, something that I thought was not really grammatically correct: Can we get this over with? In addition, I haven't found a ...
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Using “connotation of” in an active manner?

How can I use the word connotation is a more active phrasing? Often, if I want to say an object that suggests magic, I may say "the object has a connotation of being magical". But this phrasing is ...
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Problems with usages of “of”

I do not understand some of usages. It's more of a sanity check than anything. even more of a hack I'd argue that a course in algorithm design would be of more utility in understanding how ...
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Adverbs, prepositions, nouns, “home”, and “about” [closed]

I'm confused about how the following sentences should be analyzed, in terms of which words are prepositions and adverbs, how the phrases break up, etc.: She was going home. She was home. She was at ...
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Comma after introductory phrases

I am no native speaker and always confused about the comma in introductory phrases, in particular in prepositional phrases. Is there any hard rule when a comma must be set? If I make a google search ...
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“An” average of vs. “The” average of

When nouns such as average, total, sum, etc., are modified by a prepositional phrase, how do you choose between the definite and indefinite articles? I cited sentences 1, 3, and 5 below from various ...
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Preposition used after “do”

I am an English native speaker working as a teacher in Germany. When marking my pupils' essays I often encounter the phrase "to do something against something", which is as far as I know simply a ...
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More terse form of “the topic of which was”

I'm looking for a phrase to replace the topic of which was, with the goal of brevity. For example, could something like The novel, the topic of which was whaling, proved to be excellent ...