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

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The meaning of “going over” something

I'm fond of old especially folk songs, but as a foreigner I often have troubles interpreting some phrases. Here is one from Wayfaring stranger: I'm going there to see my father I'm going there no ...
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Weird “genitive of relative pronoun” construction

In this youtube-video a non native speaker of English said the following sentence ... another verb, of which I've already talked about the present tense At first, I thought it was simply a ...
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Shall. I use a preposition here?

which one is correct? We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and friends were invited. Or We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and ...
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“My father's hands” vs. “the hands of my father”

My father's hands → modified by a possessive noun The hands of my father → modified by a preposition When is "my father's hands" preferable over "the hands of my father", and vice versa?
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(allegedly) ungrammatical preposition stranding

Certain types of preposition-stranding are considered by some linguists to be "ungrammatical" in English, even though they do not seem remotely strange to me (an English speaker). I'm not talking ...
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What would the preposition mean in: 'Woe is [whatever preposition] me'?

Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman supports 'Woe is preposition me' : How did “woe is me” come to be accepted? Did it evolve from “woe is to me”? ...Of course the woeful expression ...
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The meaning of into after verbs [duplicate]

When we say : ( the children came into the classroom in the morning ) Is that the same if we say: ( the children came to the classroom in the morning )
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'no matter in which way' or 'no matter which way?

Is in necessary in the phrase: It is the same, no matter in which way it is done. That is, is it acceptable to write: It is the same, no matter which way it is done.
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What is the right preposition after “provide”? [closed]

Could you tell me which is the right preposition after "provide"? to provide.... activities and situations"
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exam + preposition [closed]

Which of the following expressions is / are correct? (1) entrance exam in English (2) entrance exam of English (3) English entrance exam I would choose the first one. Number (2) sounds ...
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“To make an impact in the community” or “on the community”? [migrated]

What is the correct preposition to be used with "to make an impact?" To make an impact in / on the community
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Could you guys point out if I did any mistakes on this amateur fiction book? [closed]

this is my first time posting here and before of anything, I want to apologize for any mistakes I make on this post. I am new to reading fantasy and fiction books. I am writing one which is called ...
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What's the correct usage of “agree some days” vs. “agree on some days”?

"However, workers and employers can agree longer holidays". I have searched online. I also referred to two reference books : the blue book of grammar and grammar rules. I don't see a usage as of ...
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which is correct “at the following” or “on the following”

i use it when i send link (URL for file or something) for some one, so what is the correct to say Please find file on the following link OR Please find file at the following link
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“usages” of except “for” and “times”

When I emailed somebody my weekly schedule, I wrote: I'm free except for the following times: MWF 4-5pm; TR 8-9am; F 10-12am. I'm not sure about the usage (or usages?) of the above bold words: ...
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Usage of 'out of' at the beginning of a sentence

Is it possible to use 'out of' in the sense of 'from among' at the beginning of a sentence? Would the examples below sound grammatical and natural with use of 'out of'in this sense? This story ...
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going home and going to work [closed]

The other day I've learned that you cannot use "to" in the sentence "I am going (to) home". At the same time, you should use "to" with other place names. For example, I am going to work. Could ...
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… to feel sick Tuesday afternoon / on Tuesday afternoon / from Tuesday afternoon. Which one is correct?

Are they all correct? He was feeling good on Monday, but he started to feel sick Tuesday afternoon. He was feeling good on Monday, but he started to feel sick on Tuesday afternoon. ...
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which is the best preposition to follow “proprietary”?

Is intellectual property "proprietary to" or "proprietary of" the company to whom it belongs?
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you’re more than due a vacation - due without for?

I do not understand how this sentence makes sense: you’re more than due a vacation Should it not be "due for"? If not, why? What dictionary entry (e.g. Oxford) would that be?
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“Please be considerate of…” vs. “please be considerate to…”

We have a sign on a door at work which slams when people aren't careful. It originally read: Please be considerate of those here and close this door quietly. Someone crossed out the of and ...
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If and Whether - or not? Interrogative and Conditional words

It's clear to me that in some situations, "if" works but "whether" does not: 1a) If it rains, I shall take my umbrella. 1b) Call me if rain is predicted. Also some where only "whether or not" will ...
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Which preposition to use with diagnosis?

The sentence is: "It has been 2 years since my diagnosis of/with cancer". Which is correct, "diagnosis of" or "diagnosis with" cancer? The meaning i want is: "It has been 2 years since I was ...
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“choose from” vs “choose out of” vs “choose among”

I tried to form a sentence like this: X chooses Y from three Zs. X chooses Y out of three Zs. I couldn't choose which one is better, and after googling found question on en.se and thread ...
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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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“as if to” and “as if it were to”

Seen many sentences that had "as if to" and they had a comma before "as if to", which makes me think that "as if to" does not work as a preposition but as a clause. Is "as if to" the reduce form of ...
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“Attendant with” vs. “attendant to” vs. “attendant of”

Can the adjective attendant be used with the prepositions with, to, or of, and, if so, which is preferable? For example, I could say, "This manual describes the operation of the product and its ...
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Be at / in the / in hospital [migrated]

I have seen the difference between 'go to hospital' and 'go to the hospital'. Now what is the diffrence of the following three sentences Be at hospital. Be in hospital. Be in the ...
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What’s the difference between “for” and “to” in “for/to many people”?

Given these two versions of a sentence: For many people, dogs are the best friends. To many people, dogs are the best friends. I have following questions: What is the difference between ...
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Which state of pronouns should be used with prepositions? [migrated]

I have a problem in understanding the role about which form of pronouns should be used with prepositions I am going to school with him
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Is it grammatically acceptable to write, “by March of 2015”? [duplicate]

The entire sentence would be something like: The Center will be established by March of 2015. I feel confident writing "in March of 2015", but this sentence must convey the fact that at any time ...
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Phrase type help needed

In the following sentence: I thank you for arranging the wedding. What type of phrase is for arranging the wedding? For is a preposition, but the fact there is not only a noun following it but ...
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Is “despite” outdated?

A friend of mine, a respected linguist, mentioned recently that "despite" (prep) is outdated. Whilst it is true that I hardly ever hear someone using the word in ordinary conversation, I still hear ...
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Is there a comprehensive look at articles of dress and their prepositions

As mentioned in the title, I'm looking for a comprehensive answer to the question of which prepositions go with different articles of clothing: e.g., in/with a tie; in/with a hat; in/with gloves, ...
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What preposition: “on the mobile” or “in the mobile”?

I read this: The battery's flat on the mobile. I think we should say in the mobile not on the mobile.
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1 to 5 / by 1 to 5 / from 1 to 5 / 1 untill 5…?

What prepositions should I use when I want to say about a range of numbers? Example of use in a scene where each garden or car was numbered: There are beautiful flowers in the garden #3 to the ...
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preposition problem! [closed]

i) Everyday drivers die ___ road accidents. ii) The majority of road accidents are caused ___ human error. iii) There occurs a lot of road accidents ___ Indian roads. Please help me out by ...
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“To the next time” vs. “Till the next time” [closed]

Could you tell me which form is correct, and why? to the next time, name till the next time, name
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Passive voice of intransitive verbs

Intransitive verbs have no objects, so they can not be used in passive voice, but I have seen many people using intransitive verbs in passive voice sentences. I am much confused how is it possible. ...
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“to prefer something over something” or “to prefer something to something” [duplicate]

Which syntax is more correct: to prefer something over something else or to prefer something to something else or maybe both are correct?
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''For the best'' vs ''best''

I was writing a message to a friend and I got confused about these two expressions ''best'' and ''for the best'' in this particular context: ''it would be best to stop seeing each other'' vs ...
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What is difference between “using” and “by using”?

Sometimes both "using" and "by using" seem to have the same meaning. Am I wrong? For example, compare the sentences below: "On-screen keyboards allow people with mobility impairments to type data ...
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In + pres. participle constructions (“In performing,” “in using”)

I'm working on preparing some text for translation into Spanish and have come across this construction, which sounds perfectly fine to me, but I've been unable to find any definition or description ...
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“Reservation for” vs. “reservation at”

I'm trying to check if this sentence is correct. Is this reservation for the Holiday Inn? Or, should I use Is this reservation at the Holiday Inn?
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along with / together with / put together [migrated]

The new Christmas card [along with / together with] the letter has to be sent out. When I was writing a short message to my little sister, I came up with a few questions: If I use "has", does ...
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“Amazed by how” vs “amazed how”

I am amazed by how friendly these people are. I'm amazed how friendly these people are. What is the difference between the usage with by and the usage without?
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Preposition after Intuition [migrated]

Programmers which mainly write synchronous, direct-style code do not have a? good intuition of/on/for the basic concepts involved in writing asynchronous code. Hi, I'm not sure about my use of ...
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Is it necessary to repete the prepositions in coordinate sentences? [duplicate]

In the coordinate sentences introducted by prepositions is it necessary to repete the preposition in the second sentence? "I am happy to go to the cinema and to have a pizza" or "I am happy to go to ...
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Why is a person 'on' public transport and not 'in' it [duplicate]

A friend of mine recently posted a comment on Facebook saying that the phrase "on a train" is a pet peeve of his since it very rarely refers to somebody literally riding on top of a train. This got ...