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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Trouble with prepositions [on hold]

I want to write the sentence "start date of the period being aggregated over" However, I know one is not supposed to end a sentence in a preposition. I can't think of a good alternative to this ...
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“the proposal for” or “the proposal of”

I need to prepare the title of a document. I am not sure whether it should sound like this: "The proposal for implementation of a new architecture" or "The proposal of implementation of a new ...
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“Feel bad about someone” versus “feel bad for someone”

Does the sentence "I feel bad about you" have the same meaning as "I feel bad for you"?
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Question regarding the usage of comma and preposition

Please someone help me to check these two sentences: A motivated hydrogeologist and keen on sustaining the environment and water resources, and on assessing the potential impacts of climate change ...
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Preposition usage: “10% off on” vs. “10% off” [on hold]

Which one is correct? Enjoy 10% off regular priced item or Enjoy 10% off on regular priced item
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Verb “escape”: with or without preposition? [on hold]

I have already seen the verb "escape" with preposition ("from") and without. Is one of the uses the correct?
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Preposition use [on hold]

" Two years remain •••••• his tenure." "Discipline was instilled •••••• them at an early age." What should be the appropriate prepositions? For the second one is it 'is'?
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I bought these shoes in California vs. I bought these shoes at California

I bought it at California vs. I bought it in California I'm in a car vs. I'm on a car I'm at a store vs. I'm in a store I'm at New York City vs. I'm in New York City It's floating to the sky vs. ...
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'Go to sleep' vs 'Go and sleep'?

I just had a linguistics test (it's called UKLO) that measures you're ability to problem solve and translate languages you know nothing about. For one of my translation answers I wrote 'Don't go and ...
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accused of a sin for a behaviour

The appropriate preposition for the verb 'accuse' is 'of'. However, sometimes the verb accuse has three objects: when we accuse a person of a crime/sin/inappropriate behavior because something he has ...
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An exercise of in, on and at (time), Oxford Practice Grammar 2nd unit 120

The exercise is as follows. We're leaving ___ half past, and you haven't even changed. My answer is in. However, the reference answer is at. The sentence seems that we are about to leave in 30 ...
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In/after hours. What preposition to use? [duplicate]

In/after 3 hours I will go to work. I will have to go to work after 3 hours from now.
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Use of preposition 'for'

Is the usage of the word 'for' correct in the following sentence: I am on preplanned leave for tomorrow.
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“Click on the x button” vs “Click the x button” vs “Click x button” [closed]

Which is more grammatically correct? "Click on the x button" "Click the x button" "Click x button"
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Difference between “experiment on” and “experiment with"

I have two sentences: We experiment on both cases. We experiment with both cases. The different preposition will change the meaning. But it's difficult to find such nuances in a dictionary. What ...
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Attend the lectures on some language [closed]

I am writing something and I was curious, because I am not sure about the use of the preposition "on" in the following context. "I attended lectures on the Portuguese language for two semesters at ...
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institutionalized + preposition?

I'm writing an essay on Reconstruction for English and stumbled into this problem. "the South had been heavily institutionalized ___ slavery" What would the correct preposition be in the blank? Into ...
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Which preposition is best: Efficacy of a model in predicting or efficacy of a model for predicting?

I'd like to use this phrase in a sentence, but I'm not sure whether 'in' or 'for' is more appropriate: Efficacy of a model in predicting Efficacy of a model for predicting Example: what is the ...
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“10 years in” vs. “In 10 years”

I read a headline: "10 years in, something happens". Is that grammatically correct or incorrect to give that headline? Any difference with "In 10 years, something happens"?
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Aptitude for or in

Aptitude in carrying out the qualitative analysis of financial parameters of companies’ performances has also paved my path. Do I use "in" or "for" with aptitude? I am a little confused about the ...
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Set something (a setting, variable, piece of configuration) to/at/for a specific value - programming and IT

During a code review, I noticed a phrasing in an error message that made me scratch my head a little. The message was something akin to: The value is set for {} where {} is a place-holder for a ...
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“[a/the] equivalent of” vs. “[a/the] equivalent for” vs. “[a/the] equivalent to”

Which of the following constructs sound more idiomatic to you? Is there any British/American equivalent to the French phrase "broyer du noir"? Is there any British/American equivalent for the ...
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“It's as same watch as the one I lost.” - What is wrong with the sentence?

Are the following sentences grammatically correct? If not, what's wrong with them? It's as same watch as the one I lost. It's the same watch as I lost.
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“OF” between the subject and the verb “seem”?

When reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," I came across the sentences as following: "'They of seem so helpless and frail. But there are none in the forest so bright as these.'" What is this "of" ...
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What proposition work with the phrase “be upset”

I know that is correctly a) "I am upset with John", b) "I am upset about smth". Questions: Does choice a) mean that both of us are upset on each other, or it work only one way b) Is there any ...
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Why do we sometimes add extra “of” after “outside”? [duplicate]

When Jamie Foxx heard a car crash outside of his house, he rushed to help. Why does the sentence say "outside of his house" instead of "outside his house"? Why does it have this extra of?
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When did “the pub in Bleecker Street” become “the pub on Bleecker Street”?

In the streets is still used universally. As is out in the street. The casual fan of Sir Arthur's writings will recall, of course, that Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson lived in Baker Street: ...while ...
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In or On Microsoft Excel's Table/Cells/Column

I have a rather odd question here. I am delivering a presentation to a wide audience of Excel users. How do you go about using prepositions when it comes down to Microsoft Excel's Worksheet, ...
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Question about “to” and “from” in a sentence

I was watching a video on YouTube and I saw this sentence below. "The English people use in America is sometimes different to the UK" My question is, can we use from the UK instead to the UK?
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throw into versus throw in to [duplicate]

Which is correct: "I threw every last ounce of my will into the command," or, "I threw every last ounce of my will in to the command"? In this sentence, "will" should be thought of as some psychic ...
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Usage of the preposition 'in' two times in a row?

The sentence: "This means that if you are in any way different, you could possibly find yourself in a column in a newspaper" I am not sure whether it is correct to have 'in' two times in a row, maybe ...
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Field of study and thesis

Is there any proper way to say what field of study of an engineering thesis is? In Polish I can say: Praca Dyplomowa Inżynierska na kierunku Informatyka. And it's often put on the front page as ...
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successfully delivered vs delivered successfully? [duplicate]

I have sent a test email again and the email got successfully delivered. I have sent a test email again and the email got delivered successfully. In the above sentence which one is correct and how? ...
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What is the differance? [closed]

I just fell it is hard to know what it should be (From or Since) e.g: I am not suprised that you didnot eat anything (from-since)the morning.
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on your desk or at your desk?

Please clarify the usage of right preposition on or at. For example: That paper is on your desk. or That paper is at your desk.
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“Guide for” or “guide of” [closed]

I am struggling with the correct preposition going after guide. Which sentence is correct? "that dog served as a guide for blind people" or "that dog served as a guide of blind people".
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At/in/within any time range

Which of the following should I say At any time range, report A has a higher total than report B. In any time range, report A has a higher total than report B. Within any time range, ...
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In the news OR on the news

I found this question in a textbook: Q: The company's stock tumbled _____ the news that it would have to recall over 30,000 tires that were produced in 2004. A: in B: for C: on Should I fill in the ...
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“Haven't used a fork in a week” or “haven't used a fork for a week”? [duplicate]

What's the correct/more common version of the two?
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What preposition should be used with “map”, “in” or “on”? (please see my examples)

How about in these examples: 1.) I can't find Singapore in/on the map. 2.) There are almost two hundred countries in/on the map.
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Does one “wince in pain” or “wince with pain”?

I have seen both in common use and I want to know which is more preferable.
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Is there any scenario where one would use 'in the server' rather than 'on the server'?

My sentence is 'The user should be created on the server.' OR 'The user should be created in the server.' I usually use 'on' in all cases but I am wondering if the act of creation is better described ...
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“A government of the people, by the people, for the people”

From a famous speech: A government of the people, by the people, for the people I believe the last part is clear (for the people). But what is the difference— in meaning— between of the people ...
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Except on vs. Except for (Mondays)

I guess this might have been asked before, but I want to know which is correct in the following context. I'm sorry that my English might not be as good as yours, I'm not a native English speaker and ...
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Should I use “for” in this case? [closed]

Which sentence below is correct? Or, are they both wrong? a) I hope the sign means for a good news, not a bad one. b) I hope the sign means for a good news, not for a bad one.
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“I have been to France.” vs. “I have been in France.” [duplicate]

Do we use "to" or "in" when talking about being to/in another location?
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At a shop or in a shop?

Which one is correct and what's the difference?: I was in a shop yesterday. I was at a shop yesterday.
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Adjunct phrase in a sentence with compound verbs

In a sentence with compound verbs, such as "Roll twice and use the better result for both roles.", does the phrase 'for both roles' apply to the whole sentence, or only to the second verb? Would the ...
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Is “say to X” grammatically correct but not colloquial? [closed]

So I'm living in South Korea and nearly everyone who is conversational in English says "say to X" instead of "tell X." For some reason, they avoid using "tell X" or "told X" and they stick to "say to ...
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“On launch” vs “at launch”

I've had a disagreement with a friend over the use of 'on' concerning the the launch of a certain product. He insists it should be 'at launch' while I believe either 'on launch' or 'at launch' is ...