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

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“Amazed by how” vs “amazed how”

I am amazed by how friendly these people are. I'm amazed how friendly these people are. What is the difference between the usage with by and the usage without?
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Preposition after Intuition

Programmers which mainly write synchronous, direct-style code do not have a? good intuition of/on/for the basic concepts involved in writing asynchronous code. Hi, I'm not sure about my use of ...
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Is it necessary to repete the prepositions in coordinate sentences? [duplicate]

In the coordinate sentences introducted by prepositions is it necessary to repete the preposition in the second sentence? "I am happy to go to the cinema and to have a pizza" or "I am happy to go to ...
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Why is a person 'on' public transport and not 'in' it [duplicate]

A friend of mine recently posted a comment on Facebook saying that the phrase "on a train" is a pet peeve of his since it very rarely refers to somebody literally riding on top of a train. This got ...
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“from” vs. “off” when talking about an album track

Is there a difference in the meaning or use of those two phrases: Favorite track off Dark Side of the Moon Favorite track from Dark Side of the Moon Is one of them wrong or not as ...
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Difference between “aunt to” and “aunt of”

E.g. You are going to be aunt to my son. You're going to be aunt of my son.
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not on your life (why not in your life)

I'm curious to know why the idiom below made with the prep "on" and not "in"? not on your life Not on your life! (informal) : Something that you say in order to tell someone with a lot of force ...
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Use of “displeased”/“glad”/“vexed”/“surprised” with “at” vs. “with” [closed]

why should you be displeased with the fun of the children. you must know that she was very much glad with your performance. His mother and father are vexed with his brother's rude behaviour. ...
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Appropriate Preposition [migrated]

Question: Which preposition is appropriate for the following sentence? Given: He has no taste (in/for) music.
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is it a rule to put at after in? [migrated]

Hi i am new to English language. I have seen many times when the word "in" is used to explain an area at is also used following it. examples : I am living in Tokyo at Koganey He is staying in Sydney ...
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“Off the wall” vs. “Off of the wall” [duplicate]

I used to think we should say "keep your hands off the wall", but one of the lines in Money, from Pink Floyd, they say "keep your hands off of my stash". That made me confuse. Do we always say keep ...
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Message on/in/into/onto queue

This question comes from a technical field. I say that I "put message on/in/into/onto queue" if I store some bits (the message) in an area of memory (the queue). Which is the correct preposition in ...
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Administer the patient the drug? Administer the patient with the drug?

Does the verb “administer”, as in to give a drug, work like the verb “give” or like the verb “provide”? Which of the following is better: 1 or 2? Patients are administered the drug. Like ...
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“Like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it” - by?

I do get the point but I would like to know why the "by" is used here? Wouldnt "and" work? "Is it like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it." To me it implies that you might ...
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“At Italy” or “In Italy” (or any country for that matter) [duplicate]

Are these two phrases both correct? I believe that the first is incorrect but would like a more detailed explanation if so.
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'before' or 'in front of'?

Which sentence is the correct one? He parked his BMW directly before the diner. or He parked his BMW directly in front of the diner.
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“Position in/at/for your company”

Which is correct? I am writing to apply for the position of ____ in your company. I am writinng to apply for the position of ____ at your company. I am writinng to apply for the position ...
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Use of the preposition “at” to reference university [duplicate]

In the sentence "CS degree at MIT" the usage of "at" is right?
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Why did the author put “to” in this sentence?

I can't figure out why did the author put this word in this place in the sentence: One of the protesters, surnamed Chiu, told a press conference that he was a witness to and victim of police ...
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Adaptable at or in or to doing something

I am confused with what is the correct expression to use, is it better saying "I am adaptable at using smth", "I am adaptable on using smth" or "I am adaptable to using smth"? The third sounds ...
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Another SAT question

I've encountered another controversial sentence from SAT writing section. Here it is: Given her strong sense of social justice, Burns vehemently protested over her party's failure to support a tax ...
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What preposion is suited to? [duplicate]

What preposion is suited to the below sentence? In or by or at ? "our team introduced practical processes and possible solutions available in our/the company. " If any better way to write, please ...
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What is correct - playing “on a squash court” or “in a squash court”?

My first reaction was naturally to go with "on a squash court" but a squash court is an enclosed court so saying "in a squash court" doesn't sound incorrect either. But it might be. An example I'm ...
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correct usage and punctuation of a nonrestrictive clause with which?

S1: John was a worker at Bread Store, of which I was the manager, when he lived here. S2: John was a worker at Bread Store, which I was the manager of, when he lived here. What's the correct usage? ...
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Bought in, bought on, bought from, bought at? [closed]

I bought this bike in|on|from|at an online store. I bought this bike in|on|from|at November 13. I bought this bike in|on|from|at a sale. What is the appropriate situation where the words in, on, ...
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prepositions (punch in/on/to) [closed]

I'd like to know if all these sentences are correct, and if there is a difference between them in meaning: I punched him in the face. I punched him on the face. I punched him to the face. Thank you ...
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usage of preposition in the given sentence

What will be the prepositions in the blank spaces : Vidyasagar lived in a rented house _____ forty seven years _____ his life in Kolkata.
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“…Which I have a basic knowledge of”

Russian, which I have a basic knowledge of Is the entire phrase which I have a basic knowledge of idiomatic in English? Or is it just an Italian phrase construction I inadvertently transposed ...
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‘Concern of’ vs. ‘concern about’ [migrated]

Commercial builders downplayed ______ a bust in the superheated housing market. 1) The concern of 2) Concerns about The answer is number 2, but why does number 1 not work?
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“Provided to us” or “Provided us”?

Both the sentences/fragments below appear to be grammatical. Thanks for the help you have provided to us in the planning Thanks for the help you have provided us in the planning Is there ...
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Should I say “She is in the park or She is at the park”? [migrated]

I am really confused which one is correct. She is in/at the park, They are at/in the park, or I am in/at the park? I'm an Asian trying to learn English. I really need your help. Thanks in advance!
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Difference between cause of and cause for [migrated]

Could someone please tell me whether to use of or for in the sentence given below:- Inactivity is the greatest cause of/for overweight. Please also explain the logic used to make the distinction.
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At Up To together in a sentence?

Does it make sense to say "At Up To 30% off"? Shouldn't it either be "At" or "Up To"...not "At Up To"?
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in a computer vs on a computer [duplicate]

Important information can be stored in a computer vs Important information can be stored on a computer Also, can we use stored and saved alternatively/interchangebaly with computer. E.g. ...
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preposition “travel in” or “travel by” [duplicate]

Which is the grammatically correct statement : "We are travelling in a car" Or "We are travelling by a car" Thanks in advance...
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Recommended sources for understanding the spatial and abstract meanings of English prepositions

Can anyone recommend to me a good book and any other sources where I can study in detail the spatial and abstract meanings of English prepositions? Since I am a visual learner, I would love to find ...
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What is the spatial difference between in and on [migrated]

.....that I received in my email or .....that I received on my email What is the correct preposition in the example above? What is the "spatial" difference between these two prepositions when apply ...
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What is the right way: “It's better for me to talk BY \ ON \ or without nothing here- English” [migrated]

What is the right way: "It's better for me to talk BY \ ON English" or to say simply "It's better for me to talk English" without any prepositions?
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Can I say “Hiking the Lighthouse/Mountain/Jones Path”?

If there is a path called the Lighthouse Path (somewhere at the coast) or Mountain Path or Jones Path (named after somebody who identified it) and I want to hike it, is it correct to say "Hiking the ...
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Use of final “s” in -word endings: which words in AmE are correct?

DFW said [0]: The preposition towards is British usage; the US spelling is toward ... Except for backwards and afterwards, no preposition ending in –word takes a final s in US usage." Is that ...
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There is an advantage in/of doing [something]

I know that they usually say "there is an advantage in/to doing [something]" - at least, it's stated in my grammar book. But I am wondering whether it's possible to use the preposition "of" in this ...
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Can one talk “with” someone?

The verb talk usually has to preceding its complement/object: (I) I talked to him about his misbehavior. Is it idiomatic (and/or grammatical) to use with instead? (II) I talked with him about ...
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Alternative to “thankful for”

I do not like using the phrase "remember all that we are thankful for" because of the preposition at the end; however, it is a common phrase at this time of year. Finagling the sentence to avoid ...
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What does “She is tall for her age” mean?

I read the following sentence She is tall for her age. Now I'm greatly confused about its meaning. Does it mean "she would have as long age as she is tall" (perhaps showing prediction) Or ...
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how to use “click” for the “lines” of a text box [closed]

In the following sentence I have some problem using prepositions related to click, empty. Please click an empty line in the textbox From the sentence above I want to say the user to ...
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“Classify data in A/B/C by value x by using the function x”

This is about data classification done by computer. Data is classified into the A, B, or C rank and then the judgement result will be displayed on the screen. All the transaction is done by using ...
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Uncommon uses of the preposition 'with'

It strikes me that the way we use 'with' is more complex than we may think. So I have two questions: Can the preposition 'with' be used to mean 'about' or 'in relation to'? (sentence a and b). And ...
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Ending a sentence with a preposition? [duplicate]

Recently in an episode of 'House of cards' they bring up the joke "Two freshmen girls are moving into their dorm room together. One of them's from Georgia, one of them's from Connecticut. The girl ...
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Is one preposition enough for multiple months?

A colleague of mine has written her thesis and requested me to read and correct its grammar. I have seen some sentences like The maximum deviation of the concentration values were obtained in the ...
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When describing living space/floor space, how should I read/say NxZ meters?

Suppose I want to say something like: "This room is 6 x 5 meters" What word should I use to read the "x" between the two numbers? In Russian it would be "на", and in French "sur". Translating these ...