Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in".

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in 5 minutes, after 5minutes

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? [on hold]

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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the use of prepositions [on hold]

I could not accompany my cousin to/on the trip as I was sick. Which is the correct choice of preposition here?
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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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Sentence , use of decision+preposition “of ” [on hold]

Your decision of omission of this team from the competition was not fair. Does this sentence sound correct to you? I wanted to write another form of Your decision to omit this team from the ...
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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” [on hold]

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 that "Mister X is father to a son and a daughter" or should one preferably choose the preposition "of" and write "Mister X is father of a son and a ...
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A house “made of ” or “made from” mud bricks? [duplicate]

I know the difference between "made of" and "made from", but could you help me choose which one I should use in the following sentence? This house is made of (or) from mud bricks
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Correct usage of 'not'

I wrote this sentence as the email subject this morning - "Will login not before 12 pm". This has got me thinking if what I wrote is correct or the sentence should have been - "Will not login before ...
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Errors in prepositions of the sentence

I have a grammar assignment and the question is "Rewrite the sentences below by correcting the errors in the prepositions" The sentence is "Everyone was meeting up with me at my house" I don't see ...
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What prepositions can 'expectations' take? [closed]

What prepositions may follow 'expectations'? Obviously 'of' and 'for', but how about 'towards', as in 'general decline in expectations towards institutions and governments'?
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This is a novel about (on?) integrity

I feel comfortable saying "This is a novel about etiquette", but could I equally say "This is a novel on etiquette"? If I had to say it, I would use "about" but I don't see anything wrong about using ...
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Place of “either” for different propositions

I want to work on either X or Y. I have to change the above sentence like below. I want to work either on X or in the realm of Y. Is there any problem with it? I am doubtful about the ...
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Rule of preposition [closed]

Someone asked me this question which I could not able to answer: then my question is , " I gave a book to him"--- here why we don't use a preposition before a book? Or " he killed a snake with a ...
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Which is correct: “The facts are known by us” or “The facts are known to us”?

Which is correct? The facts are known by us or The facts are known to us I think by is correct but my friends persist that it's to.
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available to / for groups? [duplicate]

In some of the previous posts, I read we should say "something is available TO someone" (when talking about people). Yet, I have just come across this statement: "Special rates are available for ...
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Import and export preposition usage

Consider the following phrases: The car was imported from Detroit. The car was exported from Detroit. The car was imported to Detroit. The car was exported to Detroit. Are these all semantically ...
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My as an adjective, posessive pronoun, or prepositional phrase?

During English class, we have been diagramming sentences, as described at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/, and have had some confusion as to whether the term "my" should be considered an adjective, ...
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Is the sentence like “ I bought an apple to her.” and“ I gave the robot for her.” available? [migrated]

There are two sentence here, 1. I bought an apple for her. 2. I gave the robot to her. Can I exchange 'to' with 'for' in the sentence above? 1. I bought an apple to her. 2. I gave the robot for her. ...
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By which? - Problem with relative clause

for hours I've been scouring the internet for some sentences/grammar rules which bother me. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the answer, and that's why I decided to ask here. Are sentences 1) and 2) ...
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Is “fished” a transitive verb in “I fished around in my pocket for my keys”?

In English it doesn't sound natural to say "I fished a fish." You would say "I caught a fish." However, in the instances where I can think of using fish as a verb, it must take a preposition (around, ...
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What's the difference between “delay in” and “delay of”? [closed]

What's the difference between “delay in” and “delay of”? I have seen many examples of both, but I can't guess the difference.
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…this big OF a wave …?

I am used to asking How big was the wave? and answering The wave was this big. My question is that, I think, in the US, it is pretty common (I have heard the usage often) to ask How big OF a ...
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Form of verb after a preposition

I've heard a grammar rule which is, if there is any verb followed by a preposition except the 'to' preposition, the verb must have a 'ing'. As example, I've this sentence: I am going for playing. ...
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What is the difference between the two sentences?

Students in Korea start dating around their 14th birthday. Students in Korea start dating at around their 14th birthday. What is the difference between the two sentences? Is there any problem in ...
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Teach in / teach on; class in / class on

Is there any difference between the usage of "in" or "on" in terms of class? I'm teaching a class in/on math(s). My father teaches a class in/on marine biology. I have a class in French to go to ...
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“Prune from” or “prune of”?

I need to say (in passive voice) that a certain set of objects was cleaned from (pruned of/pruned from?) certain subsets of undesirable objects. I know that prune away [undesired objects] is one of ...
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“a question by you” or “a question of you”

Is it grammatically correct to say, "What a silly question of you..." My friend is trying to convince me that "What a silly question by you..." is the only correct way.
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Confused whether to use “in” or “of”

Which do I use in this phrase? ...and support the fact that the setting of the story is indeed in India. ...and support the fact that the setting in the story is indeed in India.
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Optionality of the preposition “at”

I see/hear many instances where the preposition "at" is omitted when a question starts with "What time ... ?" For example, I hear people say "What time are you guys meeting?" as opposed to "What time ...
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Why does Pinker classify these words as prepositions in *The Sense of Style*?

In his recent book, The Sense of Style, Steven Pinker explains permissible uses of commas and writes this sentence And when the writer pinpoints the coherence relation he has in mind with an ...
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Is “from … over … to …” correct?

I came across a title with a "from A over B to C" structure, namely "Facts and events from the USA over the UK to Australia" Now, I personally think this is incorrect (potentially a carbon copy ...
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Does code run in or on a thread?

Any programmers around? Which of the following is correct, or more common: The code runs in a background thread. The code runs on a background thread. That's it. Just a simple word different. As ...
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Can verb 'grant' be used with preposition 'with?'

Could someone explain to me if the word 'grant' can be used with 'with' and what it means? (I checked with many dictionaries, but couldn't find an example used in that way.) example sentence in an ...
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‘On’ vs. ‘at’ with immutable date-time string [duplicate]

I understand that on is used for dates and at for times, as in On vs At with date and time. But what can I use when I have a string consists of both a date and a time? The issue is that I can’t change ...
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Can we use the preposition “for” with the verb “scoot”?

I checked the dictionary and found that I can use 'scoot' with 'off' or 'over' but can I use it with 'for'? Example: Kalya got out of bed and scooted for the toilet
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Is it correct to say someone is in a certain role? [closed]

For example, "Is Connie in the role of administrator?"
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“predicted at” vs “predicted for”

If you are trying to say that a bus will arrive some time in the future do you use "predicted at 2pm" or "predicted for 2pm"?
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what's the difference between “important to” and “important for”?

When do we use important for and important to? What's the rule? For example: It's important to me. Or It's important for me. What's the difference between the two sentences?
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Countries “of the world” or “in the world”

How should I say: There are many threats faced by almost all countries IN the world or There are many threats faced by almost all countries OF the world I used to say "IN the world". ...
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“to” Preposition usage

Could you please let know why "to" Preposition is not used in first sentence, however in second one it is used. 1) I welcome John. 2) We welcome to “Veeru" junior. I request you to please let ...
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The meaning of “going over” something

I'm fond of old especially folk songs, but as a foreigner I often have troubles interpreting some phrases. Here is one from Wayfaring stranger: I'm going there to see my father I'm going there no ...
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Weird “genitive of relative pronoun” construction

In this youtube-video a non native speaker of English said the following sentence ... another verb, of which I've already talked about the present tense At first, I thought it was simply a ...
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Shall. I use a preposition here? [closed]

which one is correct? We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and friends were invited. Or We had a very small marriage ceremony where only close relatives and ...
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“My father's hands” vs. “the hands of my father”

My father's hands → modified by a possessive noun The hands of my father → modified by a preposition When is "my father's hands" preferable over "the hands of my father", and vice versa?
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(allegedly) ungrammatical preposition stranding [duplicate]

Certain types of preposition-stranding are considered by some linguists to be "ungrammatical" in English, even though they do not seem remotely strange to me (an English speaker). I'm not talking ...