Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in".

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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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“They have been replaced by…” or “They have been replaced with…”

We replace something old with something new. The Mayor has replaced all the old school buses with new ones. When the sentence is written in the passive voice, "by" is used. All the ...
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Is it recommended to include a preposition when listing several components of a sentence in parallel?

Consider the sample sentence below (quoted from a manual Here): When you evaluate a list, the Lisp interpreter looks at the first symbol in the list and then at the function definition bound to ...
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Meaning of “up” and “off” in “I live up north off some_region”

I am only familiar with sentences like I live in New York I live on the north side of New York I guess I live up north off some_region. means the place I live in is a little bit ...
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About the usage of “with” in “There are grey goos everywhere, with many consuming the haemocoels of tardigrades”

Is the sentence below grammatical? There are a lot of people, with many wearing tuxedos. There are some cute teenage girls in the club, with many of them being PhD graduates in topological ...
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“At the service of” versus “in the service of”

In doing a translation on duolingo, another translator had translated a phrase to say "at the service of X". I edited this to "in the service of X" and left a comment that as a native speaker, hearing ...
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What does “straight out of [person]” mean?

I know the meaning of the straight out. But what does it mean with of? For example: It’s straight out of Alice Miller.
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Which phrase of the two, keeps its preposition when they are connected in a way that only one preposition should be there?

[Front in this question is used as in (14th sense)- a particular field of activity involving some kind of struggle.] Despite thousands of examples on Google which have used front with in, rather than ...
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Is the usage of “in” in the following sentence correct? [closed]

Is the usage of in in the following sentence correct? She sacrificed her own life in to teach my father a lesson and hoped to keep us alive. I am reading a book that one of my friends wrote; ...
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In 2-3 days vs Within 2-3 days

I have always thought that within means "till some point" while in means "at some point". In 2 weeks - i.e. in 14 days from now. Within 2 weeks - i.e. during today or the next 14 days, not later. ...
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Using the preposition “for”, and parallel structure

Which one would you say: Are you using the kiosk for yourself or someone else today? Are you using the kiosk for yourself or for someone else today?
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Storing the data vs Storing of the data

I would like to know if both are correct (if so, in what context and why): Storing the data is important. Storing of the data was implemented using ABC. I do not know where the "of" ...
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“Go a long way to” + gerund vs infinitive

Which one is correct? If they all are correct, which construction is the most preferable? Why? The fund will go a long way to solving their problem. The fund will go a long way to solve their ...
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“Relevant for” or “Relevant to”? [duplicate]

Which is the correct preposition for expressing relevance? Should one say So relevant for our lives today, what .... has to say regarding.... or should one say: So relevant to our lives ...
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be expected from vs. be expected by

Would you let me know the difference between the following sentences? The company’s third loan payment is expected from ABC Bank on Friday. The company’s third loan payment is expected by ABC ...
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The word order and prepositions in an example

Background to the sentence: a system activates itself after temperature has been deviated for [X] seconds. Now I want to describe what X does and I just cannot figure it out. My best attempts are: ...
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“Something to the rescue!” vs “Something for the rescue” — which one is correct?

I was wondering which one of the following constructions below is grammatically correct? Or both are acceptable? Something to the rescue! Something for the rescue!
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Numbering series with “through” or “to”

I would like to know if a construction that I've read few times is indeed correct. When referring to a number of items, is it correct to say "The item numbers ranged from 4 through 7"? Is it better to ...
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What is the difference between “above” and “over”? [duplicate]

We ordinarily apply above and over in place of each other. Is there an accurate difference between them? If so, what is it? When do we use above and when do we use over? what is the similarities ...
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Why do we say “in” a movie but “on” a TV show?

When referring to a television program, my experience tells me that it is proper to use “on” whether I’m referring to an actor on the show or events on the show or anything. Did you see Matt ...
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What are the differences between “from” and “of”?

Both of and from are possible, with different meanings, of course. ....a magnificent picture in a book, called True Stories of Nature, about the primeval forest. This means that the stories ...
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“Prices of” vs “prices for”

I came across two different sentences, from The Wall Street Journal, both containing the word "prices" but with different prepositions, "of" and "for". Here are the two sentences. Audi Cuts ...
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Camera calibrated to/into/? optimal settings

I am trying to figure out what the correct preposition would be (and why): Camera calibrated to/into/? optimal settings Thanks
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Using conjunction “while” as an archaic prepositonal form for “until”

In my Penguin English Dictionary, I've encountered the word while marked as an archaic form for the preposition until. Furthermore, according to my online research, Oxford Dictionary states that it is ...
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*In* or *On* Contacts?

I'm making a chat application and when the user chooses to delete someone I need to show a confirmation window, but I'm unsure which to use. Option 1 Are you sure you want to delete? You will no ...
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Is there a word for the opposing ends of a tangible scale, as there are “obverse” and “reverse” to describe the physical sides of a coin-like object [closed]

I feel that obverse and reverse are too "Geometric" to properly describe more complex ideas in society where something is not in reality in a completely opposite position in relation to another. For ...
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“Between” Two Locations

I am typing up formal invitations, and I want to say that transportation will be provided from Point A to Point B (but also from Point B back to Point A). In order to clear up the to-from/from-to ...
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Does one include a comma after the last proposition in a list of multiple preposition-verb pairs

Should I do this: The developers are less experienced in, or passionate about, UX. Or should I remove the last comma: The developers are less experienced in, or passionate about UX. This ...
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I grew up IN the east coast vs ON the east coast

I cannot understand why there is "in" in the sentence "I grew up in the east coast..." - why it is not "on"? Google search provides results for both with quite high number of hits.
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What’s difference between “in” + VERBing compared with just plain VERBing alone?

In the following example from page 145 of Frederick Schauer’s Thinking Like a Lawyer, what would differ if the sentence were to start with Being instead of In being? In being an empirical ...
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Can the verb 'judge' collocate with 'of'? [closed]

I saw this sentence in an essay: Children’s cognitive development is on the preoperational stage, so they cannot consider as logical and judge of dangerous events. I would say "judge sth" or ...
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awareness of or awareness for something? [closed]

This program was initiated to increase the awareness for breast cancer. does this seem correct? or the preposition 'for' be replaced with 'of'?
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The use of “except” [closed]

Here is a sentence I saw using the word except: valid claims were granted patent to land free and clear, except for a small registration fee. What does it mean? How does the word except here ...
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“Provide you with something” vs “Provide you something”? [duplicate]

I have a sentence that reads: "To provide you the best possible service..." I'm being asked to add the word with so that it reads "To provide you with the best possible service..." Is there a rule ...
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What does “over” mean here?

"All assets could be pledged except for pledges over a going concern (gages sur fonds de commerce), Luxembourg law doesn't provide for an all assets security." Could someone explain this sentence? ...
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Is “help out” an inappropriate phrase? [closed]

I have seen statements like: She helped out her grandmother. OR The boy was helping out in the laundry. But, does it make any sense to have the “out” there? Is it even incorrect, in spite ...
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Which preposition to use with “social media”?

I have this sentence, and I'm not sure which preposition is best to use with social media. Teens take videos and post them through social media. Should it be-- through social media? to social ...
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What preposition should be used with “cache”?

Which is most grammatical? It's still cached to your phone. It's still cached in your phone. It's still cached on your phone. I find myself gravitating towards "to" but I'm not sure - ...
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Question about prepositions/conjunctions (from, to…)

Can you please tell which (if any) of the following is correct? Where are you coming from?/From where are you coming? Who will you give it to?/To whom will you give it? What for?/For ...
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Prepositions used with “different”? [duplicate]

I apologize if this question has been asked before; I couldn't find it in a site search. I have this sentence about teaching children safety rules: The rules are different when you are together with ...
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what to use with “your address”, at or on? [closed]

what should we use with the word "your home", at or on? for example- I have placed an order .... your address thanks in advance
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“Blinds us to” or “blinds us from”?

I see these phrases sometimes: "blinds us from" and "blinds us to". Which form is correct? The whole sentence would be something like "blinds us from the truth".
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“over the period of” or “over the period”?

Which one is correct? I visited four countries over the period of 2010 to 2014. or I visited four countries over the period 2010 to 2014.
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“On the principle” versus “Under the principle”

Is there a significant difference between the two? As far as I can tell, they seem to be used interchangeably.
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What preposition should I use with “flying”?

I want to say that I loved flying, but I also want to add the name of the airline company in my sentence. So, what should I say? I loved flying with American Airlines or I loved flying on ...
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“obstacle to developing '” vs “obstacle in developing”?

Which proposition are used after obstacle? I have seen both "in" and "to". what are the difference between them? for example, what is the difference between the following sentences/ There is an ...
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What does it mean “off one's look”

I've come across the following passage in a script. PERSON 1: And tomatoes are actually berries! The others look at him with annoyed confusion. PERSON 1: (off their looks) What? It’s ...
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“Mistaken as” vs. “mistaken for”

I heard someone use the words mistaken as rather than mistaken for. Is this correct? If it is correct then what is the difference between the two? Is it ever wrong to use mistaken as, and if so, why? ...
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Is this statement grammatically correct - “I have spent too long confusing nice for good”

My confusion is whether the right way of writing this would be "confused X with Y" or "confused X for Y"
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'in search for/of true love?'

I need to update my fb status: in search for true love or in search of true love Which one is grammatically correct ?