Questions about prepositional phrases.

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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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Wikipedia's definition of “Adverbial”

On the Wikipedia page for Adverbials, it says [emphasis mine] In grammar an adverbial is a word (an adverb) or a group of words (an adverbial phrase or an adverbial clause) that modifies or tells ...
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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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Difference between “one of the states” and “the one of states” [closed]

I have a question about the following: Texas is only one of the states that still have sizable wheat production. Texas is the only one of states that still has sizable wheat production. I want ...
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What can a prepositional phrase modify adverbially? [closed]

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) [closed]

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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“as much as you and I” vs. “as much as you and me” [duplicate]

This was posted on facebook and people are saying it is incorrect, it should be: "...as you and I" Which is correct?
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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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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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“I gave him + INDIRECT OBJECT” vs. “I gave + INDIRECT OBJECT+ to him”

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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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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“I'm a student at UCLA” or “I'm a student in UCLA”?

Sounds simple, but I've always been confused. I am also not sure about using the definite article, like “I'm a student in/at the UCLA.” Is that normative American English? Thanks for your help.
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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“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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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 “nothing but birds and a few insects” singular or plural?

Nothing but birds and a few insects [was/were] to be seen. In that sentence, should the verb agree with "nothing" or with "birds and a few insects"?
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Is there a difference in meaning between “from the beginning” and “since the beginning”?

He’s been with us from the beginning. Is there a difference between from and since in the context of the quoted sentence?
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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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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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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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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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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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Near, near to and nearby. What's the difference?

Why isn't near, near to and nearby always interchangeable? They can precede the noun. I live nearby the railway station I live near the railway station I live near to the railway station ...
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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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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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“Replace with” versus “replace by”

I often see "replace with" and "replace by" used interchangeably, but this doesn't sound right to me: I replaced that component by this one. I would use "with" in such a sentence. "By" only ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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 ...