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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Email replying way

Could you please help me replying this particular conversation? A: I will be out of the office until Wednesday 1 April 2015. If your matter is urgent, please call my office and leave a message with ...
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What is the proper preposition following 'appendix'?

In the following sentence, 'The graph can be found in the appendix [preposition] this report', what is the correct preposition to use? In particular, is 'to' more appropriate than 'of'?
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“walking for five o'clock every morning.” “for”? Why not “at five o'clock”?

I'm reading a book on philosophical puzzles and problems. At a certain point, it reads: "Descartes had a lifetime habit of staying in bed till 11.00 a.m. After only a few months in the cold ...
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In the direction opposite to me

Is there a simple expression to mean "in the opposite direction to me"? For example, how can I describe a person that comes in the direction opposite to me? I would like an expression that doesn't ...
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What does 'IN' mean: 'IN your own person or IN the person of any other'?

Source: Prof Michael Sandel, Justice: ..., Episode 06: "MIND YOUR MOTIVE" 47:30 and here Kant distinguishes between persons on the one hand, and things on the other. 47:38: Rational beings are ...
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The preposition of categorize - in/into/in to"

The definition of "categorize" in merriam-webster: :to put into a category After the definition let's take a look at some examples (in merriam-webster): This software lets you categorize ...
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Is the grammar correct? “… liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation” [on hold]

"... liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation" Is "on" the correct preposition? Are the words "processes" and "documentation" parallel? Is it correct to conjunct them in a ...
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Is this the correct preposition? “… arranged vaccination appointments between employees and occupational health nurses.”

"... arranged vaccination appointments between employees and occupational health nurses." Q: Is "between" the correct preposition? Or, should "with" be used instead?
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Receive a prize in/on/for a contest

What is the proper way to say that someone received a prize / achieved a certain rank as a result of his participation in a contest or competition? I would also like a brief explanation, if it's more ...
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When to use “derived by” or “derived from” [closed]

Is it more appropriate to use "derived by" or "derived from" when you derive your work from somebody else one? Thanks.
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“on” or “at” when talking about flight dates

I originally had text on a web site that stated: Showing flight results for flights from LON to NYC leaving at 01/06/2015 and returning at 08/06/2015 One of the testers has said that this ...
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Should it be on or over?

From Aljazeera News: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the kingdom is ready "to take necessary measures if needed" over Yemen's political crisis, after denouncing Iran's alleged role in the ...
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Asking about country [migrated]

I want to know country of some person. What's right question? What country is he from? OR From what country is he? Or maybe the both options are wrong, aren't?
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Usage of preposition 'in'

Which is the correct form of the following caption for a photo: Night beauty in St Petersburg St Petersburg night beauty Or does the right sentence have to be "A night beauty in St ...
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what is the difference between on and over [closed]

from aljazeera news Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the kingdom is ready "to take necessary measures if needed" over Yemen's political crisis, after denouncing Iran's alleged role in ...
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Is this the correct preposition? “He has updated the reporting relationship of this position number in the database.”

"He has updated the reporting relationship of this position number in the database." Q: Is "of" the correct preposition to use? Or, should "for" be used instead?
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vibration in / vibration from [closed]

I am translating a novel, and I am confused about which preposition is the better choice. This is the scene: A woman suddenly feels a vibration, which is from her cellphone in her purse. Should I ...
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What is the difference between “work in” an organisation and “work with”?

I have work experience in local NGOs. I have work experience with local NGOs. Changing the preposition can change the meaning. Is this the case here, or are these sentences effectively ...
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Why do people say “Go down this road” or “Go down this corridor” instead of saying “Go straight” [closed]

I was wondering, when giving directions, is it correct to say "go straight" instead of "go down"? Does down and straight in the context of giving directions mean the same thing?
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“To which”, “by which”, “on which” etc [closed]

I have come across the phrases like "to which","for which", "by which", "on which" and so on(using a preposition with a relative pronoun). e.g. The chair on which the body was found.. Could someone ...
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Which preposition follows “in the week” when denoting a specific week of the year?

I'm pretty sure that the correct preposition is of: I'll probably start working on this issue in the week of June, 8th. However, there are thousands of hits on Google using the preposition from. ...
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Why is this sentence wrong? “He went to home.” [closed]

Why is this sentence wrong? He went to home. is it correct in this way? He went home
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Take it off of your shoulders [duplicate]

I've stumbled across this sentence: "I don't need your heavy load. Take it off of my shoulders". I want to ask, is the usage of "take something off OF" correct? Thank you in advance, Matus
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“The man in glasses” or “The man with glasses”? [closed]

The man in glasses or The man with glasses Is it grammatically correct to say with or in glasses? I've heard both, but the first seems to prevail a little bit more, though. Googling ...
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Use of expression “out of”

Which expression is correct: "he ran out the house" or "he ran out of the house"?
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Which one to use “by” or “with”?

My question is that in the sentence: The thief opened the door with the duplicate key. Why can't I use by in place of with?
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If somebody could explain this [duplicate]

I have a doubt with preposition usage. Why is it "at night" and "in evening/afternoon/". If somebody could explain this exceptional case.
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“Upper bound on” vs. “upper bound of”

I have seen both usages, and want to learn how to choose the appropriate option.
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Use of “off of” or “off” with some verbs in place of “on” [duplicate]

I have noticed a trend among younger native speakers of English to use the proposition(s) "off/off of" in place of "on." The most common one is the verb base. I have just heard it with go, which I can ...
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Difference between “of preventing” and “for preventing”

I was wondering if these two sentences can both be regarded as grammatically correct: Even though possibilities of preventing your identity from being stolen are limited... Even though ...
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About usage of prepositions

I've recently seen this sentence in an article: Robert is an authority on English literature. Could you explain why there is used preposition "on" with a noun "authority", but with adjective "good" ...
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What is the difference between “amazed at” and “amazed by”?

Good day to all! Could you please explain me in which cases it's better to use a preposition at and in which we should use by? amazed at / amazed by astonished at /astonished by Thank you in ...
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What preposition can be used instead of *to / before* in a phrase (see example)?

The word before has always seemed somewhat awkward to me in phases like: (1) He spoke before the audience... (2) She presented her report before the Board of the Company... (3) The Company ...
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Which preposition to use with “interface”

What is the best preposition at/for/on to use in sentences like these: Configure CoS queue parameters at interface or Configure CoS queue parameters for interface or Configure CoS queue ...
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Is it “in” or “on” the dark side?

What's the correct word to use, is it "in" or "on" the dark side? For example: Sometimes it's good to be in/on the dark side.
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A question regarding the use of “for” or “with” in an expression

Which of the following two is correct? (a) "jumped for joy" (b) "jumped with joy"
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Is it “Does social media” or “Do social media”? [duplicate]

I am confused as to which way to say the following: "Does social media benefit people?" or "Do social media benefit people?"
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“helpful for you” or “helpful to you”

Which is more correct? "is helpful for you" or "is helpful to you" Context: Closing line of an email. eg. "I hope this information is helpful for you."
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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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Usage: “Having children by/from different fathers”?

In the phrase having children by/from different fathers, is by British usage, and from American usage? The collocation with by, I could find in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, but the ...
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“The below attachment” vs “The attachment Below” [duplicate]

In office email communication, people constantly write "See the below attachment". However, I have a problem with this because I feel as though the word below should be placed after 'attachment' not ...
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in 5 minutes, after 5minutes [duplicate]

For a foreigner, the usage of 'In + time' and 'after + time' are kind of confusing.. The system will be turned off in 5 minutes. The system will be turned off after 5 minutes. I'm confused ...
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he found the key just _______ the front door. what should fill the blank? [closed]

I would like to know the answer in the blank .....What does the word "just" indicate ? Can it be "key just to the front door"?
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in vs on for dates

I've met the following phrase 'Something happened on February 12-25, 2010'. It means that some event started on February 12th and ended on February 25th. Actually the text was about the Olimpic Games. ...
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subject+to+verb relationship

I want to draw your attention to a point which I find complicated. Take a look at the expressions below a man to save us , a dog to protect the barn, maids to serve us , now please take a look at ...
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Etymology of “save” in the meaning of “except”, “but”, “unless”

Why does save also mean other than : but or except "We had no hope save one." except for the fact that : only —used with that but, except —used before a word often taken to be the ...
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Determining if “than” is used as conjunction or preposition

"than" can be used as a conjunction and as a preposition. I want to be able to tell for any given sentence containing "than" which grammatical function it has in that sentence. My current ...
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Is the preposition necessary

Is it correct to use a preposition in this usage? Tommy doesn't need any shouting at, he does as he is told. Tommy doesn't need shouted at, he does as he is told. Or is the preposition ...
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Preposition following “boarded” [closed]

Which one is the correct preposition - She boarded ____ his compartment. I am confused between in and at. And on second thought, will it be okay if I skip the preposition here? The situation is ...
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“father to” vs. “father of”

Would it be grammatically correct to write Mister X is father to a son and a daughter or should one preferably choose the preposition of? Mister X is father of a son and a daughter. ...