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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Correct preposition with “to be jealous”

Let's say Alice sees her boyfriend Bob with Charlotte, another girl. Now, I know the correct usage is "Alice is jealous of Bob". My question is how to connect this predicate (be jealous) to Charlotte. ...
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“Without whom…” or “whom … without”?

Is it more grammatically correct to move the preposition without to the end of its clause, or use without whom? Does the "in no particular order" change matters? I wish to express my sincere ...
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Some questions about the usage and meaning of the word “off” [on hold]

These are two sentences from A Game of Thrones: Somewhere off in the wood a wolf howled. Is this "off" a preposition? What does it mean? I think it is okay in grammar if I just say "somewhere ...
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Preposition ON or IN to proceed 'Monday's workshop'

I'm a bit confused by the following phrase "To all students who participated in/on Monday's workshop..." and I can't quite get my head around it... Which preposition should I use, "in" or "on"? I ...
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Why is “all of your employees” apparently more commonly used than “all your employees”? [on hold]

I have done a quick Google search and it seems like "all of your employees" is 20 times more common than "all your employees". What is the grammar reason behind it? "all your employees" -> 365,000 ...
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“answered in” or “answered”?

I'm confused whether the verb answer should come with the preposition in or without it in a sentence "the timing a question will be answered in is important" or "the timing a question will be answered ...
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“predicting” or “prediction of”?

What is the difference between "can be used for prediction of user behaviour" and "can be used for predicting user behaviour"? I like the second version more since it's shorter and without a ...
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“I guess Americans are hated a lot of places.” What's wrong with this sentence exactly?

From Cat's Cradle (Vonnegut). "The highest possible form of treason," said Minton, "is to say that Americans aren't loved wherever they go, whatever they do. Claire tried to make the point the ...
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“on the National Mall” - why “on” and not “in”?

From the news: NASA is hosting a series of events on the National Mall. The National Mall is a national park, and we usually use the preposition in: The events in the national park were ...
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IN different aspects or ON different aspects

Which is more accurate: "He can significantly contribute to the company IN different aspects" Or "He can significantly contribute to the company ON different aspects"?
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Infested with vs infested by

Is there a rule regarding "infested with" and "infested by"? Which is more appropriate?
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“Work on the field” vs. “work in the field” [on hold]

Which of these is correct, or are both? The farmer works on the field. The farmer works in the field.
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Usage of 'to' in a sentence

Are these tos in right places so that the sentence is meaningful? The sentence talks about some people we need to persuade to live our life peacefully. And yes, look we have some judges to ...
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“CEO at” or “CEO of”?

Is it proper to say John Smith is the CEO of ABC Company or John Smith is the CEO at ABC Company?
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Which one is correct: “You've got no life of/for” your own?

"Let's face facts here. You took care of your parents for so long, you've got no life of your own." "Let's face facts here. You took care of your parents for so long, you've got no life for your ...
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“to become as an instructor” OR “to become an instructor”? [on hold]

When she was 14 years old, she even earned a black belt in karate. Also, she got a special training, exclusive for disabled people to become as an instructor." Should I rewrite the same sentence ...
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In or at the department of English and American Studies?

Which of these preposition ( in or at) is correctly used with the noun department? Is it correct to say: I was one of the interviewees in the department of English and American studies at the ...
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Experience/Experienced: “With” or “In”?

Very simple question this time around, folks! (Have) experience or (be) experienced both generally create a connotation of living through something and/or learning about it. The big question is which ...
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“5 min after” vs. “at 5 min after”

I read the following sentence in Nature: The second test of cocaine seeking was a cue-induced reinstatement test conducted 5 min after the last of the extinction sessions. Would it be correct ...
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phrase “call names” [closed]

It had happened many years ago. One teacher at the Art class 'offended' my cool picture of the super-duper space ship. He said it was a crasy, metal flying high-boot. Now, how should I say that he ...
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Preposition “over” vs Adverb “over”

annual growth of [over 7 percent] What do you think the part of "over" is? Is "over" considered the preposition of the object "7 percent"? over [7 percent] Or, is "over" considered ...
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Use of prepositions in and for with Present Perfect tense

I would be thankful if any native could tell me whether the following sentence is correct - I am learning the language -. I haven't spoken to my sister for / in a few days. Are for and in both ...
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Is “I like dogs but cats” a valid sentence?

Is "I like dogs but cats" a valid sentence? This question comes from a debate with my friend. She says this sentence must be valid and gives an example of the Visual Studio string: "Close all but ...
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Usage of the phrase “type of”

I'm creating a worksheet for my students, and one of the questions asks them to identify which expression from three given expressions is correct. I am not sure how to pose the question, but I think ...
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Can we use the preposition “for” in this manner?

Is it possible to use the preposition "for" with the perfect infinitive? Like so: It must really be hot in here for her to have taken so many clothes off. It must really be a serious matter for him ...
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Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?

The sentence Except the buildings built towards the end of his life, the buildings erected in Istanbul can be assumed to be his. was recently used in a question here. I edited to replace ...
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prepositions “in” and “at” with school subjects

I came across a phrase: "My brother is first in Maths" Is it possible to say "he is first at Maths" instead of "he is first in Maths"? I thought that I should say "at" when I speak about somebody's ...
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How to say that I am eating above something?

In my country we are used to saying I am eating above/over something. Example: you are eating pizza at your desk where is a keyboard. You have it in your hand so it is not on the keyboard, but ...
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Questions about present perfect continuous and 'let'

I am working in this company from the beginning. vs. I have been working in this company since the beginning. Which one is correct? He let her daughter listen the music. Is ...
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“Made of” vs. “Made with”

What do they mean? How should I use them? Which one is more appropriate to what context? I was talking to a colleague of mine and we couldn't get to a consensus about what should we say when ...
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Do you live on a farm?

This looks like a duplicate but it's not. Here is the 2013 question: In farms or on farms? The OP only wanted to know which sentence was grammatically correct. They live the quiet life on ...
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“sparse on details” idiom

Is this an idiom? When you say a study is "sparse on details" could you not just as well say "sparse with details" or "sparse for details"—they all make just as much sense to me. I'm trying to ...
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What preposition should I use in the following sentence?

I'd never taken a glass-bottom boat. To be honest, the idea intimidated me at the beginning. What if the glass couldn't support the passenger's weight? What if a shark swooped [...] and broke ...
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demanded by or demanded for

I doubt about the correct preposition here. Which sentence should I use if it is the engineers themselves who are clamouring for the equipment? This instrument is highly demanded for engineers ...
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devote herself to caring for poor people vs. devote herself to care for poor people [duplicate]

I came across the following multiple-choice question: She devoted herself to ( ) for poor people. The choices are: caring care be caring have cared As the preposition "to" can be ...
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How to use benefit

I want to make a sentence with benefit. Which form is correct? A gives benefit to B by C A benefit B from C A benefit B with C here: A is what giving benefit B is who receives the benefit C is the ...
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Feel for you or feel about you? [closed]

So there is this girl I really like. Should I tell her that I feel about her or that I feel for her? What is the difference between using for or about in this context or when would you use for and ...
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Is it correct to say “We will provide you with the best consultation and assist you filling out…”

Would a phrase like the following be correct? We will provide you with the best consultation and assist you filling out... or would I need to include a preposition to be proper: We will ...
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to switch up, to change Up - why are these now taking the preposition up?

Does anyone know the root of the emergence of usage of the preposition "up" with the verbs "to switch" and "to change"?
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a path to v+ing / a path to + verb

which one is grammatically correct an auspicious path to fighting against rape. an auspicious path to fight rape. or maybe an auspicious path towards the fight against rape
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“Inside” vs. “on the inside”

What is the difference between usage of inside and on the inside? For instance is there any difference in the following phrases: condensation on the  inside of the window condensation              ...
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reasons (for) as to why

I just wrote the following sentence: … there might have been interesting reasons for as to why they did. My question concerns the passage "reasons for as to why". While this sounds perfectly ...
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“There will/seems to be” or “There will/seems to have”? [closed]

Should I write: There will be a meeting in the afternoon. There seems to be a problem with the computer. or There will have a meeting in the afternoon. There seems to have a ...
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Why Do English Speakers Use “Preposition + Relative Pronoun” Form?

there As I'm not an English Speaker, whenever I crush "Preposition + Relative Pronoun" forms in the books, newspaper, etc., it is not that easy for me to understand right away. ... it will gain ...
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when “near” could be considered incorrect grammatically or semantically

Let's verify the word "nearby" is part of a constituent NP in the OP's #2 example: OP.2a. I live in a town nearby. <-- OP's #2 example it-clefts: OP.2b. It is [in a town nearby] that I live. ...
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“nearby” vs “near to”

He went fishing in the creek nearby the grocery store. He went fishing in the creek near by the grocery store. He went fishing in the creek near to the grocery store. Could anyone ...
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'to be concerned to'

ODO: 1.4. be concerned ... to do something = Regard it as important to do something: OED: III. Passive, to be concerned. This occurs in some senses which are non-existent or obsolete in the ...
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What's the preposition of “style”?

What's the suitable preposition for the word 'style'? For example: I want to do this job in/with/on Asian style. I mean the shorter form of this sentence: I want to do this in the particular way ...
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Work on or work with? [closed]

when you enter and edit data in databases, do you say that you work ON databases or you work WITH databases ?
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Which preposition(by or with) will be used?

"I am struck with flu" or "I am struck by flu" Which is the correct sentence?