Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in". The meaning of a sentence can be dramatically altered by choosing the wrong preposition.

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Next week, in the next week, for the next week

I have an easy question about the usage of the expression: next week / month/ year. What is the difference between these three sentences? I'll probably go the mountains next week. I'll be on ...
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Correct or preferred preposition after noob

What would be the preferred preposition after "noob", as in, "I'm a noob [preposition] programming"? Would that be "to", as in, "I'm a newcomer to x"? (I assume you would use the same preposition ...
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Advantage/Disadvantage to + -ing form

Reading an essay I found the following sentence: On the other hand, there are definitely disadvantages to being at home while your parents are away. Does to work as a combination with ...
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What preposition should I use before “celebration”?

What preposition should I use before celebration? At a celebration In a celebration On a celebration The context is: Nowruz holidays, the 'New Year's Day' in my country, are 13 ...
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Which one better reflects “Industry 4.0” in meaning: “The Industry of Future” or “The Industry for Future”? [on hold]

In the context of "Industry 4.0" (the 4th revolution in industry: 1st: 1784; 2nd: 1870; 3rd: 1969; 4th: today), which one of the following best suits/reflects to express the "Industry 4.0" in meaning ?...
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What's the difference between “on” and “of” after a verb? [on hold]

For example: "Some variations on the activity" vs "Some variations of the activity". and "practise vocabulary on pets" vs "practise vocabulary of pets". What is the difference in terms of meaning ...
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What is the role/function and origin of “to” being used in the idiomatic phrases “there's something to him/her/it” & “there's nothing to him/her/it”?

"something to him/her/it" Google Books (to him): Google Books (to her): Google Books (to it): The phrase meaning "there's something (with respect to/about) him/her/it (that is observable/...
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“reasons to” vs “reasons for”

Which of the following is the better or more correct usage when the noun reason is plural? I can't do it. There are several reasons to it. vs I can't do it. There are several reasons for it.
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“in patients” vs “among patients”

I was wondering what the correct form is, or if both of these forms are correct: The IBM is the most common disease of skeletal muscle in patients over 50 years old. The IBM is the most ...
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Take your hands out “of / from” your pockets

Which is proper: Take your hands out of your pockets. Take your hands out from your pockets. Is there any difference in American English and British English? P.S. Also reading the ...
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Which preposition to use with “averse” and “abounds”? [closed]

I have a test tomorrow, and while preparing, I came across these sentences: He is averse ____ study. The Satluj abounds _____ fish. [The Satluj is a river]. Always get _____ sunrise. Only a ...
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which preposition is correct ? “to” or “for” ? and Why?

I would like to know why we must use the preposition "to" instead of "for" in the following sentence Thanks Is there a loophole "to" some of these requirements?
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Wha is the difference between the two cases of preposition use?

I was just reading something that used the phrase He was studying about civil war history. The author probably meant either "He was learning about civil war history" or "He was studying civil ...
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a sentence in ESPN sport [closed]

ESPN is kind of pleasant stuff for me to improve my reading, but sometimes, they really freak me out. Here is the sentence: Arsenal are interested in Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi as they ...
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Preposition vs Particles [closed]

What is the difference between particles and preposition? and how can you spot them when being use in a sentence?
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To (preposition) + Gerund

He agrees to doing/do her work because she helped him earlier. I agree to go/going there. I agreed to leaving/leave home earlier. In my opinion, gerunds shall be used after "to (preposition)" in the ...
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People can agree to doing this work

Is it correct to say "people can agree to doing this work"? I have always seen people saying "people can agree to do this work", I don't know if this sentence is correct because I think that to is a ...
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Diversify the preposition “by” in “model X by smth.”

Which prepositions can be used with the verb "model" when speaking about something being an abstract description of something else? As an example, let us consider the following sentences: The ...
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“parameterized by” vs. “parameterized with”

Assuming that you are writing American English, which preposition follows "parameterized" in the following example: by or with? Why? Our model of programs is parameterized by/with the deliberately ...
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“contribution {to|toward|towards} ‹gerund phrase›” in AmE in a non-monetary sense

I would like to understand which preposition to use with "contribution" when it is used in a non-monetary sense in American English in the case when the preposition is followed by a gerund phrase. My ...
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“replace with” vs. “replace by” in the sense of substituting strings

Given that both prepositions are acceptable in general contexts with a slight deviation in usage, meaning, and voice ("Replace with" versus "replace by" has a too wide scope), let ...
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The preposition for 'note' (noun): 'of', 'on' or 'about'? [closed]

Consider the example: I've made a lot of notes on, of or about this subject during my readings.
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“Starting…tomorrow” or “starting…from tomorrow”?

Is this context correct? "We will be starting the execution tomorrow" Or should it rather be "We will be starting the execution from tomorrow"?
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What is role of the word “of” at the beginning of a title? [closed]

Some book titles and movie titles start with the word of; for example: Of Time and the River, Of Mice and Men, Of Corset's mine, Of Time and the City What is the purpose of using of in ...
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It's too good a position for him to let go [migrated]

Is this sentence correct? I was looking at one of the sentence in my textbook and I just wondered if this sentence is correct? Isn't "It's such a good position for him to let go " sound better? ...
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In what dialect is “on” used of a programming language?

I have noticed that it is common on StackOverflow for questions to use "on ⟨programming language⟩" where American English would require "in". For example, "Is there a getInt function on ...
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on the usage of “put hopes…”

I am editing subtitles (for a language I know nearly nothing about). The original subtitlers(sp?) were not native English speakers, and as a result there are many corrections to make. This means that ...
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Is there an implied verb here?

I am reading "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips)" by Mignon Fogarty. The author explains the difference between like (a preposition) and as (a conjunction),...
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“Struggle with” vs. “struggle against”

Somewhat related to: Is "to fight with" ambiguous? For some reason prepositions are presenting me problems lately. To struggle with and to struggle against basically have identical ...
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A question about preposition [migrated]

In the following sentence " I meet him on friday" , we use preposition 'on' before 'friday' , but in the following sentence "I met him last friday" we dont use preposition before 'last friday' . the ...
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“With” used to introduce a clause. What is the name of this construction?

Would anyone happen to know the name of the following grammatical construction that I've italicized below (the clause beginning with "with")? My searches have been unsuccessful. This process mirrors ...
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Are there any differences between “appearances at” and “appearances on”?

We say: Her appearance on "Friends" was just amazing. and I think we also say: His appearance at 84th Annual Academy Awards was somewhat surprising. So, are there any differences with ...
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In mathematics: is “associate to” correct? [closed]

In mathematical writing, I was used to We associate to the object C a vector space V(C) Now I found a question, Acceptable uses for "associated with" or "associated to", ...
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“Gift with/upon purchase”

What's the difference in meaning between "with purchase" and "upon purchase"? e.g. Enjoy a complimentary tote bag with every purchase of cosmetic goods Enjoy a complimentary tote bag upon every ...
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“for export” or “to export”?

The product is eligible for export or The product is eligible to export Which would be the correct preposition to use?
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“Expectations of” vs. “expectations for”

There are some questions related to this topic (Usage of "expect to" and "expectation to/of" and "Need of" vs. "need for"), but I haven't found one directly ...
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Preposition with “protocol”

Which preposition should I use in the following sentences: User connects a portal ... HTTP protocol. Agent checks the server state ... HTTPS protocol. Via? Over? Something else?
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When to drop the preposition [closed]

Which sentence is correct: Attached is a memo regarding membership to and providing charge to... or Attached is a memo regarding membership and providing charge to...
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Increase or increase by? [closed]

I wonder which is correct: The added value obtained per ha is increased by 2.7 times with irrigation or The added value obtained per ha is increased 2.7 times with irrigation
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see ON the images vs see IN the images [migrated]

As non native I struggle with in, on and at. I usually ask Google for help in cases like this, but here Google reports similar number of results for both options, so I'm not sure what is the best and ...
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Which preposition is correct IN or AT? [closed]

A: where were you yesterday? B: I was (in - at - both ) the concert.
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'wake up' or 'wake up at'? [migrated]

Which is correct? the time that you wake up at the time that you wake up
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The usage of prepositions: in/at or at/in?

I've read an article (see the link below) and there's a sentence which confuses me: No matter if your delivery takes place in a home or at the hospital... If I rewrite it this way: No ...
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Does this adverb prepositional phrase modify the adverb, or vice versa?

The McGraw Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage (pg. 42) gives "We got there late in the evening" as an example of an adverb prepositional phrase ('in the evening') modifying an adverb ('late'). ...
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“Support to” or “support for”

Which is correct? Thank you for your support to our company. Thank you for your support for our company.
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'By' vs 'in' before agent in passive voice sentence [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning when you use "by" or "in" before the agent in the passive voice sentence. The active voice: This shop sells all the vegetables. ...
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Does “towed out the hangar” violate any grammar rules? [closed]

"The plane was towed out of the hangar." "The plane was towed out the hangar." I found myself writing that second sentence because it's shorter and seems to flow better. Does it violate any grammar ...
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“Match with” or “Match”

I read some threads about using match but I could not reach a conclusion on whether I have to use match or "match with," or "match to" in my context: The experiment showed that the results ...
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Is it proper to combine prepositions using conjunctions?

I have come across the issue of wanting to use both two prepositions to describe a subject. This is not a common issue, judging by the lack of information regarding it. This is an example of the type ...
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Do I tell time “by” the Sun, or “from” the Sun? Or both? And what about the shadows of the trees? [closed]

So, I ran across this quote: Early men didn't have clocks. They told time by the sun and shadows of the trees. And it provoked a doubt in me: I think I have heard native speakers use "tell time ...