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38 views

Difference between “in” and “to” in this context

My friend is taking an English conversation class. In it, she said I have been teaching math in high schools for more than 10 years. Before that I taught math in junior high schools. However, ...
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65 views

Distinction between with/by means of

Consider the following examples: Data are usually input by means of a keyboard or scanner. The variation of the distance was measured with a magnetic position detector. We can change this value by ...
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1answer
554 views

What's the difference between “made from” and “made of” [duplicate]

What's the difference between "made from" and "made of"? Could anyone give me some examples?
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109 views

“Skyscrapers are of various shapes” vs. “skyscrapers are various shapes”

Skyscrapers are of various shapes. Skyscrapers are various shapes. Why do we use of in the sentence above? Is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences?
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1answer
105 views

What are the differences between the following sentences containing “surprised”?

I have written four similar sentences using surprised: I was deeply surprised at the news. I was deeply surprised at learning the news. I was deeply surprised at being told the news. I ...
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2answers
146 views

Up one's ass vs. In one's ass

Why is stick/shove/etc up one's ass much more common than in/into one's ass?
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2answers
126 views

What's the difference between: people in England, people of England and English people? [closed]

People in England clean glass with newspaper. People of England clean glass with newspaper. English people clean glass with newspaper. I would like to know which one sounds most natural. I would ...
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2answers
200 views

Difference between “sleeping with Sean Parker” and “sleeping on Sean Parker”?

In the movie Social Network, there is a scene where Sean Parker corrected a sentence said by a girl who he just spent a night with: She was rather astonished when she realized the man standing in ...
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1answer
506 views

Difference between 'meant by' and 'meant with'?

Is there a difference in meaning or usage between 'meant by' and 'meant with'? Many questions about meanings with this tag have the wording 'What is meant by...?'. In the text I am currently reading ...
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1answer
77 views

“Developed by” vs “Developed at”

Normally I see things written this way : Developed by Joe Doe But I have also seen instances where it says: Developed by Company Inc. Now, I know it doesn't make sense to say: ...
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1answer
52 views

Is it “View on Facebook” or “View in Facebook”? [duplicate]

Which is correct: View on Facebook or View in Facebook?
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2answers
116 views

Usage of “to” in the statement

Is there any difference between the two statements below? If yes, please let us know the difference. I sent him a note yesterday I sent a note to him yesterday If both the statements are ...
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3answers
551 views

Is there any real difference between “to” as a preposition and “to” as an adverb?

I'm really in doubt. On the free dictionary I read this concept of "to" as a preposition: "1. (used for expressing motion or direction toward a place, person, or thing approached and reached): Come to ...
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1answer
773 views

“Decide on” vs. “decide for”

What's the difference between "decide on something" and "decide for something"? For example, which preposition would you use in the following passage? After more than a decade of disagreement, ...
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4answers
851 views

“Lay on the bed” vs. “lay in the bed” [closed]

Which one is more grammatically correct? I lay on the bed. I lay in the bed.
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0answers
33 views

The difference between “to someone” and “for someone” [duplicate]

To many people, we are the scariest animals in the world. For me, English is the easiest of all subjects. Why does the former sentence use "to" someone and the latter use "for" someone? ...
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3answers
176 views

'Meeting us' or 'meeting with us'?

What is the difference between meeting with someone or meeting someone? For example when I would like to ask someone if he is happy to meet with me and my friend for the first time, how should I ask? ...
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0answers
37 views

“In a restaurant” or “at a restaurant” [duplicate]

Does anyone know if one should use "in a restaurant" or "at a restaurant" ? Ex: Having a romantic dinner in a restaurant or having a romantic dinner at a restaurant. What is the difference between ...
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1answer
4k views

“via” vs. “through”

Could you please explain what the difference in usage is between through and via, which sounds like a Latinism? Are they completely interchangeable?
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1answer
246 views

“Rectangle with 3 straight lines” vs “rectangle using 3 straight lines”

How do the three sentences below differ in meaning, and which can be answered with 'yes'? Can you draw a rectangle with 3 straight lines? Can you draw a rectangle by using 3 straight lines? ...
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1answer
383 views

“brush something up” vs. “brush up (on something)”: What is the difference?

For example, we have two sentences: I need to brush my French up a little bit. I need to brush up my French. and I need to brush up on my German. My German is weak. I had better brush ...
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1answer
1k views

“I care for you” versus “I care about you”

I would like to know if there is a semantic difference between I care for you and I care about you.
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3answers
181 views

“compiled with gcc” vs “compiled in gcc”

"This program was compiled with gcc." "This program was compiled in gcc." "This program was written in C++." "This program was written with C++." Note: gcc is a widely used compiler ...
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2answers
87 views

“length in bytes” vs “length by the byte” and “paid in hours” vs “paid by the hour”

"The variable len indicates the buffer length in bytes." "The variable len indicates the buffer length by the byte." I'm a computer programmer, so I know 1 is far more common than 2. ...
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2answers
102 views

“Moderator for” vs. “moderator of”

In OAAD, there's an example for the entry moderator: moderators of online discussion groups But I've seen the preposition for used in that context by native speakers too. Are they both correct? ...
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3answers
340 views

“in response to” vs “for response to”?

"I am writing in response to your mail." What does it mean by "in" in this sentence? Is "I am writing for response to your mail." acceptable?
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2answers
153 views

Step in/on/into the job market?

I am an international student. I wish to know which of the following I should use. Step into the job market Step in the job market Step on the job market
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1answer
370 views

Which of the following sentences are correct?

Can someone please tell me which of the following sentences are correct and which are the differences between them? Prove me wrong. Prove I'm wrong. Prove me I'm wrong. Prove me that I'm ...
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1answer
113 views

“In avoiding failure” vs. “For avoiding failure”?

1: In avoiding failure, we must be careful. 2: For avoiding failure, we must be careful. What are the subtle differences between the two sentences?
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2answers
4k views

“I did it by myself” vs “I did it myself” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Myself vs by myself "I did it by myself" and "I did it myself"; what's the exact and subtle difference between the two?
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1answer
3k views

When to use “include” and “including”?

I know that include is a verb while including is a preposition but they made me confuse when it comes to their usage. I usually confuse when to use include with including. Most Thais like ...
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678 views

Usage differences between “than”, “to”, and “over”

I understand that than, rather than, over and to are used to compare things. How ever I am not sure when to use those for specific scenarios. Are these interchangeable? Consider the sentence below: ...
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2answers
3k views

Is there any difference in meaning between “All these” and “All of these”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “all this” instead of “all of this”? Are they fully interchangeable, or do they have a somewhat different usage? Common sense suggests that "all ...
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3answers
652 views

Difference between “before” and “in front of”

Which one is correct? The patterns swam before her eyes. OR The patterns swam in front of her eyes. I know that "before" is mostly used when we talk about the time, but is it right to ...
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3answers
25k views

“Thru” vs. “through”

Could anyone explain the differences between "thru" and "through"? Is the difference only in spelling? Is "thru" some sort of slang?
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6answers
41k views

Difference between “at” and “in” when specifying location

I am used to saying "I am in India.". But somewhere I saw it said "I am at Puri (Oriisa)". I would like to know the differences between "in" and "at" in the above two sentences.
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2answers
2k views

Difference between “stick with” and “stick to”?

The more I think about it the more confused I get: One good example is here: Hmm. Maybe something like this. It's the end of the day and things didn't go well. We're meeting to talk about what ...
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1answer
1k views

“All X” vs. “all of X” vs. “all the X”

Is there any difference between "all X", "all of the X", "all the X"? E.g., all friends all of the friends all the friends
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2answers
2k views

“at line” vs “in line” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which preposition in front of “line” — “on”, “in”, “at”? Given a numbered list of lines of text (in my case an ...
2
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2answers
1k views

Prepositions to use when indicating locations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I use “in” or “on”? I am always confused with the prepositions to use when indicating an event happening at a place. Should I use ...
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1answer
961 views

Difference between 'decided on' and 'decided to'?

Examples: I have decided on a blue carpet for the bedroom. I have decided to emigrate to Australia. What exactly is the difference between "decided on" and "decided to"? Is the usage simply based on ...
2
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3answers
234 views

“At/In the Summer Olympics”

! I found this to be strange: in Wikipedia, Russia at the 2008 Summer Olympics Russia competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics How different is the meaning if at is changed to in?
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3answers
497 views

Usage of “in here” vs. just “here”

Recently I was watching the Jeeves and Wooster series, when one little but strange thing in a dialogue caught my attention: Wooster: Just one thing. Where do I sleep? Jeeves: In here, sir. Why ...
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279 views

“To some” vs. “for some”

Are "for some" and "to some" interchangable? To some the sun appears brighter in the afternoons. My natural instinct is to use "for some" in that sentence, but I don't understand why "to some" ...
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11answers
11k views

What is the difference between “it's up to you” and “it's down to you”?

I see both "It's up to you" and "It's down to you" in conversations. So what's the difference?
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4answers
20k views

Get hold of, get ahold of, get a hold of

Under what circumstances would you prefer one of the below over others? a) Get hold of, b) Get ahold of, c) Get a hold of
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1answer
445 views

“toward” vs. “towards” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Toward or towards – what would a native speaker use? Consider the following examples: Fighting towards anti corruption. I am going toward north. I am going ...
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3answers
8k views

“I am on it” vs. “I am at it”

What are the differences between I am on it and I am at it? What does the latter mean? I found the definition of the former on Urban Dictionary and understand that it means I'm going to solve it ...
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3answers
36k views

“Agree on” vs. “agree with” vs. “agree to”

What are the differences between "agree on", "agree with" and "agree to"?
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1answer
2k views

What is the difference between teaches “at” and “in” xxx university [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which one is more correct: “works at a university” or “works in a university”? “In college” versus “at college” versus ...