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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“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 ...
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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." ...
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preposition + genitive vs non-genitive subjects + gerund

I was wondering which of the following phrases are correct? "without their having to learn" or "without them having to learn"? Any help is highly appreciated.
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Why would “to center around” be illogical? [duplicate]

I have seen the discussions of "to center on" vs "to center around", and usually the argument is that "to center X around Y" is illogical. The counter-argument is generally that it is an idiom and ...
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The use of in and to

Is it right to say ' the hotel I stayed in ' ? Can you explain to me why to is used in this phrase ' if you want to ' ?
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Difference in meaning between “taking it out on you” and “taking it out you”?

What is the difference in meaning between "taking it out on you" and "taking it out you" in the sentence "You’re stuffing the wrong things into your stomach, and your stomach is taking it out on you" ...
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What is the correct preposition: on or in?

Is it “on WhatsApp” or “in WhatsApp”? Like, “text on WhatsApp” or “text in WhatsApp”? Please, can anyone clear up this doubt of mine. P.S I know it's on in case of Facebook but is it on for ...
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manufacturing process vs process for manufacturing

Question: Is it idiomatic to say "a manufacturing process of/for a high-precision lens" in place of "a process for manufacturing a high-precision lens"? In connection with this question, I've ...
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Send and receive stuff? What to use in receiving in-from or in-to

hope you can help me. I am not sure what should I use (or what is actually correct to use). I want to say that "I am sending stuff from one place to another" and at the same time "I am receiving ...
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Which sentence is more appropriate grammatically?

I was typing an e-mail. The confusion is between preposition "enroll in" and "enroll at". In which sentence has this preposition "enroll" been used correctly? I have enrolled in a university. I ...
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pay attention at + gerund

Is this sentence correct, in regards to the use of pay attention "at" instead of pay attention "to"? They should pay more attention at identifying and rewarding skilled resources and talent, by ...
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What is the appropriate preposition of “Radio programme”?

So, in this sentence I listened to this conversation (On - In) a radio programme. What is the appropriate preposition to use?
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“On fire” versus “in flames”, “on parole” but “in prison” [duplicate]

A house can be 'on fire' or 'in flames'. They can be used interchangeably, but there seems to be a difference of involvement - 'in flames' suggests the house is engulfed by fire, 'on fire' could mean ...
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The use of 'sort in' vs 'sort to' in programming

In computer science, I have seen that people say that we can use an algorithm to 'sort in' ascending order. Shouldn't it be 'sort to' ascending order? Any help understanding the correct usage would be ...
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Why “in the morning” and not “on the morning”? [closed]

Why do we say In the evening/ morning/ afternoon?---For shorter periods of time we usually use the preposition ON--"I learn English on Tuesdays. It is with longer periods of time we use IN--I ...
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Preposition at the end of a question

Are the prepositions at the end of these sentences necessary? And why/why not? Where are you at? Where did it originate from? Where did you come from?
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Pronunciation after the word 'renew'

A document with a reference number has an expiry date, and it's going to be renewed. After the renewal, the reference number will be different. Which one is correct / better ? The document ...
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Why do we say on the team and not in the team? [duplicate]

What is it about the word "team" that makes it uniquely take the preposition "on" ? And yet, the word "club" is similar in meaning; and we can be in a club.
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“On” hard drive versus “in” memory

Why do American English speakers typically say something is "on the hard drive" when referring to data stored with a hard drive (or other permanent storage device) but when referring to something ...
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Preposition choice adjectives

What's the right sentence ? People were embarrassed OF the result of their team who played badly or People were embarrassed BY the result of their team who played badly ? Thank you so much
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difference in meaning between “write in the words” and “write the words”?

What is the exact difference in the meaning between "Write in the words" and "Write the words" ?
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Prepositions with the verb “ask”: “ask questions from,” “ask a question to”

"What questions do they ask a communication trainer?" or "What questions do they ask from a communication trainer?" Also, I know "She asked me a question" is what's generally used but just have a ...
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Usage of the word “as”

Is it okay to use a single "as" in a sentence? "Before, the government would always intervene. Now, it isn't as involved." Or should I say: "In the past, the government would always intervene. Now, ...
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Omitting the word “for”

Is there a difference in meaning between these two? Services must be paid. Services must be paid for.
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Will prepositional verbs always prevent us from moving the preposition to the middle of a sentence?

I'm bringing this question because I'm not sure whether a preposition in the end of a sentence can be moved to the middle, especially considering prepositional verbs. Also, I'd like to know which ...
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Omitting the word “to”

Will omitting "to" change the meaning of these sentences? Luffy, name one mall you've been to. In the places you've been to, did you see any dragon balls?
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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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How about Sunday vs How about on Sunday?

"How about" are followed by nouns, clauses or Verb+ing. But is it grammatically correct to say "How about on Sunday?" I got more results Googling "How about on Sunday?" than "How about Sunday?" Which ...
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Up vs Right up - What's the difference?

For example, it is the second more emphatic or just more words(unnecessary): She went up to the door She went right up to the door
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“In contrast with” or “In contrast to” (or something else)?

In my writing I often like to make a comparison between two things. However, I'm not sure how I should start my sentence and if it's even a good idea to start it this way. Example: React has a ...
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precondition + for / of / to - what's the difference?

This is my first post ever on this valuable forum! I'm at a loss, since I'm supposed correct students' exams, and I started doubting the grammar book's normatively exclusive use of the combination ...
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Starting and ending with prepositions

Is the usage of in and into in the adverb phrase redundant? "In every competition that you get into, you have to do your best." I know that it would be better to just say "In every competition, you ...
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In and Out : Differently uses prepositions

Why does "out" take a preposition while "in" doesn't? Like in: I'm out of this game and I'm in this game
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IN problem solving vs ON problem solving [closed]

I want to know the right use of IN vs ON in the sentence below. IN problem solving vs ON problem solving
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“I went to the cinema after eating my dinner” - is “after” a preposition or subordinating conjunction?

English schools are introducing some assessment tests for all children. Some people are unhappy with this. A politician was interviewed on the radio about it, and was asked one of the questions. ...
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By option? Per option?

When we try to decide which item to buy, we measure each potential selection against the criteria most important to us (quality, cost, etc), and choose the option that most accurately meets our needs. ...
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correct preposition to use with 'support' in this sentence? [migrated]

What will be correct preposition to use in this sentence with 'Support' Provided technical consultancy and product support to Citibank for/ on banking system
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On or upon execution?

To be specific, I want to write something like: "Afterwards, on execution of the script, the solver is compiled and new dependency list files are generated." or "Afterwards, upon execution ...
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Prepositions usage, “in” or “on” the user profile [migrated]

What preposition should be used in this sentence: The information about gender is given "in/on/at" the user's profile.
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Is “commute to” acceptable? [closed]

Is it acceptable to say "I commute to San Francisco every morning" or is there the "to" a problem there?
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Using the preposition ON in phrase“ She shall receive % annually on the sum”

In legal Document there is a following phrase: " She shall receive % annually on the sum" 11 lawyers who read this document divided how to read it. 6 lawyers read it as she have to get SUM + % ...
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Is it ok to say “she would like to spend some time with herself?” [migrated]

For the question, She said that she would like to spend some time ____. She wanted us to leave her alone. The given answer is "by herself"; is "with herself" ok?
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agree on that clause?

I wrote this sentence one day. "I agree with the author on that the structure of the poem is unusual." I read it again and found it a little strange. I knew that that-clauses cannot be used after a ...
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Which of these is grammatically correct? [closed]

"Stop smoking until it's too late" Or "Stop smoking before it's too late"
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contemptuous of vs contemptuous to

Which of the following sentences is grammatically right? I am contemptuous of my History teacher. I am contemptuous to my History teacher.
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“On holiday” vs “on the holiday” [closed]

Which of them should I use? I go to the club on holiday. I go to the club on the holiday.