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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Why at the school not at school

In the following sentence why is it at the school not at school? They don't have to do their homework today because it's a holiday at the school.
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Preposition for “same” [on hold]

I've seen some sentences online that use the expression, "the same of" in place of "the same as". Do these two expressions mean the same as each other? If not, can someone please explain how to use ...
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“I wish for a rest now”: what does “now” modify?

Consider this sentence: I am truly amazed by my success at this diagramming business, but I wish for a rest now. I think that the adverb "now" modifies "rest". But according to the answer page, ...
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Preposition for “Encounter”

The usual preposition after the word, "Encounter" is "with". Such as, "My encounter with an old friend". But I saw "of" being used as a preposition in an example sentence in the Merriam-Webster ...
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What are the title capitalization rules for rarely used prepositions like “down”, “up”, “off”, etc.?

In capitalizing English titles, my understanding is that all prepositions of four or fewer letters should be written lowercase, unless part of a phrasal verb. (I realize that AP style and the Chicago ...
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In both years |OR| From both years? [on hold]

Years: 2003 and 2033 (In both years/From both years) North and South America had the highest number of people living in urban areas. /// Please provide an explanation of your answer.
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‘Went for a run’ vs. ‘went on a run’

I would like to know what's the difference between: I went for a run today I went on a run today. And when it's correct to apply each of those. Thanks a ton. Pablo.
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Unto: an unusual usage

In the King James version, Luke 23:15 says No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him. It is clear from the context that Pilate is here telling ...
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Can I use the same preposition twice after the verb?

Can I use the same preposition twice after the verb? For instance: the expectations provided for for the grade
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preposition confusion in or on [duplicate]

I heard a person say " there is no room on the bus ". It for some reason sounded incorrect. However the most basic argument that we hear is that if it is a public transport, we use "on" but buses also ...
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Can I also use “changes of it” instead of “changes to it”? [closed]

guys. Thank you for answering in advance. :) I would like know whether "changes of it" is correct as well, instead of "changes to it". For instance, here is a sentence A and B. Sentence A. "The ...
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Usage of “reply”: Please reply to me or reply me (used in formal tone) [on hold]

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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Appointed usage with in

I saw a question somewhere, To find the error in statement. Under graduates are not appointed in our college. Is appointed in phrase correctly used. Or it should be something like the one ...
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“He weeps at school.” and “He weeps in school.” are both alright and the same meaning?

I wonder whether both sentence A and sentence B are correct and the same thing or not. Sentence A => "He weeps at school." Sentence B => "He weeps in school." Thanks.
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“In accordance to the rule” and “in accordance with the rule”

Is it correct to use preposition "to" in "in accordance to the rules" or it has to be "with" as in "in accordance with the rule"? I have found usage of "with" more frequent but have seen few instances ...
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Should I write “encode X into format Y” or “encode X in format Y”?

In technical writing involving such things as file formats, should one write "encode such-and-such into format Y" or write "encode such-and-such in format Y"? In other words, which preposition (into ...
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in a system vs. on a system

If I want to describe something within the realm/environment/domain of something), do I say in or on? Example: Free software is common in GNU/Linux. Comment: I would like to express that free ...
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standardized in vs. standardized by

When do you say something was standardized by and when do you say something was standardized in? It is my understanding that in is used to refer to a document describing the standard, while by is ...
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What preposition do you use with 'dilemma'?

I want to say that at some point in my life, I had to choose between two majors for undergraduate studies. Does the below sentence grammatically correct? I was in the dilemma of choosing between ...
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Can I use “because” and “if” consecutively in a sentence?

This is the sentence in question: I would like to be able to make an unlimited number of wishes because if I wish for money, life, and love, I don't have to work and I don't have to be afraid of ...
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Deterioration in vs deterioration of

Is it better to say, 'the injury caused a deterioration in his physical function', or 'the injury caused a deterioration of his physical functioning'?
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go at it with everything you've got vs go for it with everything you've got

go at it with everything you've got vs go for it with everything you've got From the dictionary, I understand "go at" means undertake and tackle while "go for" means go after with maximum efforts. I ...
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take a picture of sb. vs take a picture for sb [closed]

take a picture of sb. vs take a picture for sb. I feel "of" means that sb. is the subject of the picture you're taking. while "for" means something else could be the subject of the picture. Am I ...
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“with” in Is that alright with everybody?

Is that alright with everybody? What does the word "with" mean here? Can I use "for" or "to" here? Thanks.
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Can 'once' be a preposition?

I'm motivated to ask this question because of this other question on ELL SE. It seems to me that that's a prepositional phrase, but I don't see 'once' in any lists of prepositions, and the only ...
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What is the right use for each expression? [closed]

You can call me at my cell phone. You can call me on my cell phone. You can call me from my cell phone. You can call me via my cell phone. What are the differences among them?
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When should I use “to do” and “to doing”

folks Here are two sentences that I find difficult to understand the grammar during my reading. Last year, two of her ministers suggested that convicted tycoons be pardoned if they could contribute ...
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Is it “Get notified on” or “Get notified of”

I am putting together a banner for a trade show to showcase our mobile app, and one of the bullets is: "Get notified on wishlist matches", but I'm not sure if the correct preposition should be on, of, ...
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What preposition should come after the word “embarrassment”?

In this line: Being too intimate in public places, ignoring social morality and causing embarrassment of others. Should the preposition after "embarrassment" be "of" or "to"?
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Single Preposition/descriptor for Multiple Subjects versus Multiple Ones

Could anybody please tell which one is correct? The President is going to give speeches in Belgium, in Nederlands, in Luxembourg and in France versus The President is going to give ...
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Which preposition should follow “facilitated” (by or with)?

Which preposition is correct to use with facilitated? This product is facilitated with three powerful tools to help you in testing tasks. or This product is facilitated by three powerful tools ...
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Choose the correct answer from a.b.c or d (duplicate) [closed]

.......the radio you can get news in different languages. a)By b)With c)On
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What is correct? 'At d/m/y hh:mm' or 'On d/m/y hh:mm'

What is correct, if I want to be specific? On 12/7/2015 12:35 I made a purchase At 12/7/2015 12:35 I made a purchase
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“in” vs “on” vs “at” with “rarely used code paths”

Which of these alternatives is the best one? Bugs are often found on rarelly used code paths Bugs are often found in rarelly used code paths Bugs are often found at rarelly used code paths I have ...
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Difference between prep. at/by [closed]

What's the difference and what's more appropriate in following cases: We had a romantic dinner at the lake yesterday. We had a romantic dinner by the lake yesterday. (On a plane) I'd like ...
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Proper use of “of which”

I'm editing the following sentence: ORIGINAL: "The failure to warn the borrower of an inflated appraisal of which the lender is aware is a violation." Is the use of "of which" correct? It seems ...
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what is the name of this parts of speech adjective + preposition [duplicate]

what is the name of this parts of speech? Adjective + preposition and how can we use "availabvle of"
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Using “of” twice in a sentence [closed]

This is the homepage of XXX department of tamilnadu. I need to know whether I had used "of" correctly in the above sentence.
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comma to set off two verbs/phrases with different prepositions

If I write a sentence that makes use of two verbs each relying on a different preposition, is it advisable to add commas to structure the sentence and to guide the reader, or is it not necessary (or ...
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Which preposition is correct here?

on September 29 2014 in September 29 2014 I know with months, we should use in, and with days, we should use on. However I find the American way in writing the month before the day in dates to be ...
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Which preposition should I use here?

Consider the following sentence: "I am disappointed that you are leaving". Now I would like to let another person know the fact: "I would like to let you know that Mark is leaving which I am ...
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After verbs, how does 'from' compare with 'of'?

(TL;DR) 1. I've been plagued by the postverbal use of the preposition 'of'. After verbs, when describing attributes like origin or source, what are the differences between 'from' and 'of'? The verbs ...
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What's the etymology of 'of' after verbs?

(TL;DR) While reading about preposition of on OED (eg avail of, enquire of), I encountered a possible explanation: quoted below, OED claims that the postverbal of originates from the genitive case, ...
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Differences between “in a list” and “on a list” [closed]

Generally speaking, is there any difference between saying "in a list" vs. "on a list"? There's already a similar question, but that was about one specific example with a specific answer; if ...
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Use of “by” to indicate means

The preposition of “by” is used to indicate how something is done as in: “We are going to travel by car” and “He made history by becoming the first man to sail around the world.” Now, how about ...
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What's the difference between “for a short time” and “in a short time”? [closed]

I submitted the following simple sentence to my tutor, and she told me to replace "for" with "in": I really want to know about his business because he has made so much money for a short time ...
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'In the ranks' OR 'With the ranks'

Which of the following two phrases is correct? I'd put him right there in the ranks of the best anthropologists out there. OR I'd put him right there with the ranks of the best ...
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Over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade

Which is the correct usage: over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade?
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Burn a hole in the road?

my question is: In Marry The Night's lyrics, Lady Gaga sings "I'm gonna burn a hole in the road". Why is that? I've heard the expression "on the road" but not "in the road". I don't speak English ...
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...