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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

0
votes
0answers
8 views

Have been to college, been in college and gone to college

How do the following sentences differ in meaning/emphasis? 1) Have you been to college? 2) Have you been in college? 3) Have you gone to college? Will you also make comments on the following for ...
0
votes
1answer
22 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
22 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
29 views

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, ...
1
vote
0answers
62 views

Differences between “in a list” and “on a list”

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 ...
2
votes
2answers
31 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
57 views

What's the difference between “for a short time” and “in a short time”? [on hold]

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

'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 ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

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?
0
votes
0answers
29 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
23 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
37 views

“Feed on” or “feed with”?

Is it correct to say, for example: "She fed him on lamb" as well as "She fed him with lamb"? Omitting the preposition and simply leaving the sentence as "She fed him lamb" sounds more acceptable to ...
2
votes
1answer
53 views

How did the preposition “by” evolve its sense of “length x [by] width”?

The preposition "by" has a lot of special uses, but its etymology is not so easy as Etymonline wants us to believe. How did "by" develop as a preposition for areas, giving the length and breadth?
0
votes
2answers
49 views

Does one ride “in” a chariot, or “on” a chariot?

Is the proper term for riding a chariot "on" or "in"?
1
vote
2answers
44 views

What rules govern the ordering of phrases in a sentence?

When writing a sentence, I sometimes get stuck with the order of prepositional phrases if there happen to be a couple of them in a series. I cannot seem to place them next to the part they intend to ...
-4
votes
1answer
44 views

It is childish to complain against rules [closed]

It is childish to complain against rules. Correct it where necessary? Find the error.
0
votes
1answer
37 views

Tips for swimming vs Tips on swimming

I'm looking for help understanding the difference between 'tips for swimming' and 'tips on swimming'. Are there certain grammar patterns that follow tips for vs. the ones that follow tips on? Are ...
-5
votes
0answers
58 views

How did 'for' originate in 'to ask for'?

[OED:] 9. a. simply. To ask a thing. (Now more familiarly to ask for: see 16.) 16. a. To ask (after obs.) for a thing. OED appears to claim the equivalence of 9 and 16. However, 16 does ...
-1
votes
1answer
22 views

We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things

We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things. Which is the correct answer? Can we use preposition here?
0
votes
1answer
63 views

Is “out of” instead of “from” colloquial, always okay or simply wrong?

Here an example sentence written by a pupil of mine: Through the British Empire, which resulted out of Britain's urge to build up its economy, Britain was connected to a lot of different countries ...
2
votes
1answer
37 views

It is irritating me. It is irritating to me [closed]

It is irritating me. It is irritating to me. Which one is correct? Does the word "irritating" work as an adjective in my second one sentence?
2
votes
3answers
66 views

Preposition between “invoice” and “order” [closed]

Is against a correct and common preposition in the following sentence? Is there any frequently used preposition for this sentence? I have to create invoices against these orders.
1
vote
1answer
31 views

Correct usage: 'frictions in the market' or 'frictions on the market' [closed]

I am searching for the correct usage of this term: Should I say 'frictions in the market' or 'frictions on the market'?
4
votes
1answer
47 views

Is “rub on” a phrasal verb or not?

I think the following sentences are all grammatical. So I am wondering whether there is a phrasal verb "rub on" that has the same meaning as "rub"-as-a-transitive-verb. If there is no phrasal verb, ...
1
vote
2answers
42 views

Taking a bite “at life” or “of life”? [closed]

I'm thinking of a title for my blog post. Would you say: (I am) taking a bite "at life" or "of life"? Does it make sense to use it if I mean to convey the message that I am making an effort to live ...
2
votes
0answers
44 views

Dress in / Dress with / Dress up [closed]

Guests invited to the Merrills' 20th wedding anniversary celebration are expected to dress _____ formal attire. in with on per I have never asked question but when i was studying something this ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Correct usage of To vs On

I had recently been chided for inadvertently using "on" to describe strapping an accessory (on/to) a car mirror - for obvious reasons. While "on" may be perceived as inappropriate or even impoilte, my ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

“After power is switched on router” - preposition or a part of the verb?

In the manual of my router, I have found this sentence. I am quite unsure as to what it means and if it is correct After power is switched on router XYZ starts internal wifi network.
0
votes
2answers
36 views

Today I touched her hand (after / in / since / for) 3837 days [closed]

Today I met a girl after a long time. So I want to say the following: Today I touched her hand {after|in|since|for} 3837 days. What is the more appropriate option?
0
votes
1answer
37 views

On using 'in' and 'of'

In the following sentence, what is most appropriate: in 1977 or of 1977? For Oprah, April Fools' Day in 1977 wasn't funny at all.
0
votes
2answers
65 views

Usage of “on” in the phrase “on our team”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: "Alice on our team has been excellent in managing tasks." I'd rather substitute "from" or "in" instead of the "on" in this sentence. Can someone ...
1
vote
0answers
25 views

What is the difference between “off” and “ off of”? [duplicate]

I heard somebody say that you get her off of me. I thought that "you get her off me" is right. So what is the difference between "off" and "off of"?
3
votes
2answers
82 views

In town but not in the town

We say "the best restaurant in town" but not "what is the best restaurant in the town". Why is this?
-1
votes
5answers
97 views

The solution of so/but/since and because? [closed]

What do you think about the options of this case, i hav chosen the A", it's a little tricky?
4
votes
1answer
77 views

Is “augmented with” or “augmented by” preferable?

Which is the preferred preposition to use after the word "augmented", as in the sentence "A is augmented with/by B"? Does this depend on context? For concreteness, I am interested in mathematical ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Usage of prepositions

I've come across this sentence: Its current market value would astound its builders, but then so would much else about its leafy neighborhood. I understand that the builders would be astounded ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

Using the words sunset and dawn

which of these phrases is correct? his practice ends before the dawn/sunset of a day in June or his practice ends before dawn/sunset on a day in June
3
votes
1answer
85 views

Except (for) me

Despite several posts around preposition for except, such as this and this one, I'm still not sure if I understand how to use it correctly. In fact, following sentence (part of a song) has confused ...
1
vote
2answers
55 views

in/on/at the square

every time I see a different preposition for a word "square" I wonder if either I do not take it in or there is a mistake. "On 10 October [1939] they gathered everyone on the brewery square, which ...
-2
votes
1answer
63 views

“Thanks for VERB + ing” vs. “Thanks to VERB”: which is correct? [closed]

Should I use Thanks for being here or Thanks to be here? I have read that the first one is correct. However, I am not sure about these usages. Please tell me which one is correct and why it is ...
0
votes
1answer
38 views

In time or on time [closed]

I must hurry to get home ___ to watch the match. The blank should be filled with 'in time' or 'on time'?
3
votes
2answers
558 views

For an old girl, she moves fast [closed]

What does the following phrase generally mean? For an old girl, she moves fast. For a saber, you are pretty soft. For a guy I barely know, you are really starting to annoy me. Does the ...
2
votes
1answer
28 views

preposition choice: on; close the gap on

"Wal-Mart says it wants to double its stores in China by the end of 2006 to close the gap on its rival Carrefour. -CNN I'm unsure if the preposition 'on' was properly used in the line quoted ...
0
votes
1answer
64 views

“Around” and/or “About”

I know it is right to state: Is the teacher around ? But is it equally right to state: Is the teacher about ? I have heard native English speakers say the latter, but is it correct?
2
votes
1answer
37 views

A “lesson 'in' compassion”, but a “moral ___ compassion”?

We say "a lesson 'in' something". What is the acceptable preposition to be used with "moral" as a synonymous noun with "message" or "lesson"? The most common collocation is "the moral 'of' the ...
0
votes
1answer
113 views

What is the meaning of “Take medicine with meal”

I am not a native English speaker. When I see medicines with label stating "Take this with a meal" what does it actually mean? Before starting the meal After finishing the meal In between Any of the ...
0
votes
1answer
62 views

Preposition for “Alternative”

I've found out that there are several prepositions for the word alternative that all seem to be correct, however, I think there should be a best choice. Do these prepositions affect the meaning in ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

Get on the plane, get in the car? [duplicate]

I'd say "I get in the plane", but apparently this language tries hard not to make sense.
1
vote
1answer
66 views

What preposition to use with file extensions?

Basically, should I mentally decode file extension abbreviations, and thus: Documents in PDF (in format) Photos according to JPEG (... group) Alternatives: Shall I keep it as PDF? Could ...