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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When to drop the preposition

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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Resources to determine proper prepositions

I find there is a lack in properly outlining the correct use of prepositions in online dictionaries. I often find myself wondering, for example, if I should use "originating from" or "originating in" ...
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Increase or increase by?

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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For one week VS one week [on hold]

Which of these is the more common expression to say you'll be on holiday for a certain amount of time? I'm going on holiday for one week from next Wednesday (29th June) to 10th July. OR I'm ...
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Do you teach to? [on hold]

I wonder if this is correct and if there is a better way of putting it. I teach, among other courses, applied mathematics to Bachelor of Science degree students at the first year level.
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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? [on hold]

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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Go to page OR Go at page

I have an easy question! In British English you open a book AT page 15, whereas in AE you open a book TO page 15. Another very similar expression we can use is:" open your book and go TO/AT page 15",...
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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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What is the meaning of “the party against whom enforcement is sought ” [on hold]

I am An English language learner,I don't understand this sentence of "the party against whom enforcement is sought ".
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Preposition to use with (developed) [closed]

Which one is correct developed over the years, working across a varied spectrum of industries developed over the years through working across a varied spectrum of industries developed over the ...
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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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“Don't use FOR children” or “Don't use IN children” [on hold]

Which sentence is correct? Don't use FOR children. or Don't use IN children. In reference to medical preparation.
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What kind of situation should I use “by Internet”? [closed]

According to ngram is more commonly used "on the Internet" than "by Internet". In view of this information, where may be applicable "by Internet" or even "by the Internet" instead of "on the Internet"?...
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I want help so that I can explain why “on” is not fit and why “to explain” is better [closed]

At work, one of my co-workers wrote this question: What are the reasons you discussed in your essay on why the drinking age should be lowered? "On" sounds insufficient to me. From how I see it,...
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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 ...
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'on the globe' or 'across the globe'? [migrated]

I am having trouble understanding the mistake in the following sentence. Our country is blessed with more educated people than any other country, and we have arguably most number of graduates on the ...
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Prepositions before participle clauses

I am currently studying participle clauses that have adverbial meaning, and was faced with something that I'm having a hard time understanding. In "Advanced Grammar In Use," the book I'm studying ...
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Reliable test for whether PP is an adverb PP or adjective PP

"We should tie the rope to the tree." The McGraw Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage gives two tests for determining if a PP is adjectival or adverbial, neither of which stands up to much ...
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“Act in a certain way” or “act a certain way”

When I should put "in" after the verb "act"? I occasionally see some don't put "in" between "act" and "a certain way". Example: "But you must act in a certain way, so that you can appropriate what ...
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A question about a quote from “Alice in Wonderland”

Regarding this passage from Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland: 'No, please go on!' Alice said very humbly; 'I won’t interrupt again. I dare say there may be ONE.' 'One, indeed!' said the ...
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Which preposition to use with “enhancements”? [migrated]

When I want to talk about enhancing something, which is the correct preposition to use? To me, as a non-native speaker, all of the following options sound acceptable, but I would probably use the ...
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Preposition - “build by” or “build from”

I have a 'statement' and I build a package according to the statement. Which one is correct (for a function name (programing)) ? "build package by statement" "build package from statement"
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Difference in meaning between “the earth as viewed” and “the earth viewed”? [closed]

What is the exact difference in meaning between "the earth as viewed from a spaceship" and "the earth viewed from a spaceship" ?
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Is it correct to ommit “that” after the verb “to hope” in both written and spoken language? [duplicate]

I hope today is the beginning of another wonderful year? or I hope that today is the beginning of another wonderful year?
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Prepositional usage of come [migrated]

I'm a non-native speaker. I know for a fact that come is occasionally used as a preposition in informal contexts. I.e She would visit a new school come July Now I wonder if there are any ...
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A differ from B by/due to/for the presence of C? [closed]

My question is whether one should use "by", "due to", "for", or something else in a sentence like, for example: "Mineral water differs from distilled water by/due to/for the presence of minerals" or ...
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Teachers (of/from) various schools met to discuss how to improve the standard of English [migrated]

Teachers (of/from) various schools met to discuss how to improve the standard of English. Which word should be used here, of or from?
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Use of “that of [something]”

I have a few related questions. In formal writing, can I use "that of [something]" in the following way? the percentage of spending on coffee is 50% of the total and that of milk was ...
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preposition “for” vs “of” [migrated]

Would a teacher, on the point of proposing a correction to his students, say: "Let's make / here is the correction FOR the test or the correction OF the test? Or "Here is a summary FOR the story or OF ...
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“As I used to” vs “Like I used to” [duplicate]

In sentences such as: We could go down to the fishing village, just ______ we used to. Is there a right or wrong preposition to use, between "as" and "like"? What would be the difference?
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“He's unsure what might come after” replacement?

I am not a native English speaker and according to my classes, the phrase "He's unsure what might come after" is incorrect because it ends in a preposition. Is there a replacement for this sentence or ...
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Difference in meaning between What will the weather be like? and What will the weather be?? [closed]

What is the exact difference in meaning between "What will the weather be like?" and "What will the weather be?" ?
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“An annual growth of only about 0.3%” or “Only about 0.3% of an annual growth” [closed]

From Wikipedia's article, Immigration to the United States The United States admitted more legal immigrants from 1991 to 2000, between ten and eleven million, than in any previous decade. In the ...
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“at” or “with”--which is correct?

Which is correct---or are they both correct? I am angry at the boss. I am angry with the boss. I am upset at the boss. I am upset with the boss.
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Why the “of” in “The Lady of the shroud”?

In Bram Stoker's book "The lady of the shroud", why is the preposition "of" used instead of "in" like "lady in red", "lady in clothes"? What does the phrase mean exactly?
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Why is “… goes to university in car” incorrect? [migrated]

My father always goes to university ______ car (by/ in/ on). My teacher said that the answer is 'in'. But I think it should be 'by' because after 'by' we don't use articles, but I am not sure ...
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scene to vs scene of

I am a non-native speaker wondering which of the following sentences would read more naturally to a native speaker: The market looked like it had been the scene of a mass murder. The market ...
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What is the time by/in your watch?

what is the time by/in your watch? (my book says by) the tired travelers are sitting in/under the shade of a banyan tree (book says in) I believe sentence 1 in should come sentence 2 under ...
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Does “the wind pushed it on with the others” mean?

does "the tiny seed is flying very low, but the wind pushed it on with the others" mean 1) "the tiny seed is flying very low and the others is flying high and the wind pushed the only tiny seed on." ...