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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“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.
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Which of these is most correct, and why? [closed]

He called me over FaceTime He called me by Facetime. He called me through FaceTime. He called me via FaceTime. He called me with FaceTime. FaceTime = A calling service from Apple.
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How to correctly apply “in which”, “of which”, “at which”, “to which”, etc? [closed]

How does one correctly apply "in which", "of which", "at which", "to which", etc? I'm confused with which one to apply when constructing sentences around these. Please help me out here.
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How do you explain the usage of “with”?

I'm looking for a logical explanation of how we use the preposition "with" in the following context: The company took the first place with their competition a distant second. North America ...
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Should I seek employment 'from' a company or 'at' a company?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the two words. I'm unsure of seeking employment "from" or seeking employment "at" a company. The particular sentence I have in mind is this "[some ...
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May “in with” be used to mean “among?”

I was thinking about how little I use the word among and how I would phrase the dictionary's example sentences for it. Most of it involved substitution with the word with. Then I noticed something. ...
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Prepositions nightmare [closed]

I'm writing a research paper and I have this doubt: My sentence: The first western infected arrived in the US for treatment in August 2, 2014. The online corrector marks as wrong the preposition ...
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Ellipsis (Gapping) and Prepositions

A simple example of ellipsis is: Peter likes to eat apples, and Mary oranges. (Peter likes to eat apples, and Mary [likes to eat] oranges.) Recently, I've been engaged in a debate about a ...
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Testing for, testing of [closed]

Does a laboratory do "testing for" or "testing of" a disorder? E.g., testing for/of a mutation?
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different from vs. different to vs. different than

I learned from a British person that "different from" is an American English, and "different than" is the most commonly used in Britain. Moreover I found "different to". What are differences of the ...
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When do we use “be careful about”?

Most of the time we use be careful 'with'/ 'of'. but i realized there are times people use be careful about. What is the grammar rule behind this?
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Usage of “of” prepositions sequence

Today, I have encountered the following sentence in a documentation: Department of development and support of information systems of ABC JSC I have argued about the correctness of using this ...
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This is the first post of the series / This is the first post in the series

When writing a series in a blog, with which of the following sentences could you start the first sentence? Are they all correct, is only one correct, are there semantic or only aesthetic differences? ...
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Send something through / by / per / via email?

What would be the correct preposition: "I will send all further details ____ email" ? I would guess 'through' or 'by' or 'per' or 'via' all sound kind of right, but I'm not sure what's the best ...
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Using too many 'to's in a sentence?

This may be more of a stylistic question than anything else, but I'm hoping for some general rules about using the word 'to' in a sentence and when it might be used too many times. For example, I'm ...
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Which preposition goes with “dawn”? [closed]

Which preposition should I use to specify something happening when the sun comes up? At the dawn of April 1 In the dawn of April 1 On the dawn of April 1
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Arrive “by” or “on” a specific train?

I happened to read a "programme of visit" of a foreign delegation which stated that the delegation would arrive in [name of city] by train H702. Obviously, H702 is the designation of a specific train. ...
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Can all dynamic (action) verbs be paired up with all existing prepositions to form compound verbs?, ie. “Throw- out,off,in, up, etc.”

I know that not all verbs can be compounded with all prepositions such as, "Believe-out, of, from, up, down." being a stative verb; and that action verbs can be paired up with lamost all prepositions. ...
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“By time” versus “before time”

There is a related question here, but it's different because that relates to dates whereas I am talking about specific times. Compare the sentences "The assignment is due by 8:00am" and "The ...
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in vs on vs with your journey

Graduation day is coming; when trying to send a card to a friend I have a difficulty to decide which preposition to use in this simple phrase. "Good luck with/in/on your journey!" My first thought ...
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What is the need for “over” in the following sentences? [duplicate]

They sent over a gift, or They sent a gift. Come over to our house, or Come to our house. Is it not possible to make the meaning clear without using over in the sentence?
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AT and TO: Which is correct in the following scenario? [duplicate]

I want an item within the reach of my hands. Which one of the following sentences is correct? Please explain. Keep it close TO hand?! Keep it close AT hand?!
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Can someone explain the ambiguity in the following sentence? “ We decided on the boat.” [closed]

In one interpretation, on the boat is a prepositional phrase telling the location of the decision. Under the other, decided on is a two-part verb with the meaning "chose". But there is no ...
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IN and ON: Confused as to what is the logic here? [closed]

Why is the preposition in used for ‘the mountains’ but on for ‘the beach’? They wish to live IN the mountains or ON the beach. Go IN the air ON the Plane. Go IN the Car ON the Road. ...
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Which one is right “ He is menace to me ” or “ He is menace for me ”? [closed]

Which preposition is right for the following sentence - Which one is right " He is menace to me " or " He is menace for me " ?
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'Well' after: How to use 'well after' in a sentence? [closed]

She waited till well after midnight. What does well after signify here? There are 51 definitions of well at the Merriam Webster Dictionary. It is not immediately obvious which one applies here. ...
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At the end of the day And By the end of the day [closed]

At the end of the day And By the end of the day I am confusing to use this words What is the differents between these words, Could your please some scenario of this two words Thanks
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Can “for” and “by” be used interchangeably with a gerund?

Is it correct to say "You can earn rewards for participating in the company's wellness program?" I'm inclined to change it to "You can earn rewards by participating in the company's wellness ...
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On Rent or For Rent? [closed]

apartments on rent in Bangalore or apartments for rent in Bangalore? Which is correct or what is the difference between the two?!!
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What's going on with the word “fail” in “without fail?”

Calling something "a fail" has bothered me as it becomes more commonplace, until one day the phrase "without fail" occurred to me as an example of an established niche usage of "fail" as a noun. I'm ...
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Verb (reach) + Preposition (to)

Which is the correct usage? He is reaching the mountains. He is reaching to the mountains. We usually say, he is driving to reach the mountains. I am just wondering, if "reaching to" is also ...
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University AT city name

I was wondering if anyone would care to explain why some universities use AT in their names (University of Illinois AT Chicago/ University AT Buffalo) when the preposition used with cities is usually ...
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at / on/ in (the) (Math) exam

I think it is common to say I did well on the exam in AmE. I did well in the exam in BrE. Which prepositions are suitable for the following situations in which if we mention the exam we ...
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“Average processing time of/for/in …” - which variant is corrent?

Which one is correct? Average processing time of the largest input data set was X seconds. Average processing time for the largest input data set was X seconds. Average processing time in the ...
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Preposition with “solution” [closed]

In the sentence below, should we use the preposition "of"? Or rather nothing at all? Thank you. In the video, we present one possible solution of how you could go back to... Context: We’d ...
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preposition: “on” treatment or “in” treatment? [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct? John is on treatment for pneumonia. or John is in treatment for pneumonia.
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“Because/because of/owing to/on account of/due to”? [closed]

I was doing my homework but I'm stuck on this exercise. The instructions say: Complete these sentences: (my answers are in brackets) “Don’t be fool; the dog’s dancing was … the extremely hot ...
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Your payments are setup as X

I understand as to be a conjunction and that a clause must follow. However, I've read some financial document which, in the context of how much I must pay the bank via a direct debit, said the ...
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“Invite someone [over] to dinner” vs. “… for dinner”

What's the difference between "invite someone [over] to dinner" and "invite someone [over] for dinner"? Please, consider as an example: Thank you for inviting me [over] to dinner. Thank you ...
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Indicating all the date details [closed]

I have a problem with the preposition that I have to use before indicating the date detail such: The 3 th March 2016 .Is it correct when We use the preposition " at" before this date or other ...
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“They tricked me for/by/of $10” [closed]

A vendor sold me some article of merchandise for $30, but the real cost of the article was only $20. Can I say: They tricked me for/by/of $10 I also wonder if the verb trick is appropriate in ...
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Choosing right preposition before “top management” [closed]

I can't decide which preposition is right for this case. At, in, other? Is there some rule for this? Could you help me, please? ... and shows that mistakes are being made also at (the?) top ...
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written in, written on, written to the file [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct? The statement is written on the file. The statement is written in the file. The statement is/was written to the file. I should mention that I am talking about a ...
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“Attack on all of humanity” or “attack against humanity”: which is better? [closed]

Hello ladies and gentlemen, this is Semin from Turkey. I'm wondering which of the following is better in terms of grammar and meaning: I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks in Brussels. ...
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on and upon- their difference [duplicate]

Is the use of upon correct in the following sentence? There is a book upon the desk. Also, is there any difference between on and upon in the following? He stood on/upon the rock. I'd appreciate ...
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Superfluous preposition or required?

I have always written this line: Thank you everyone who ___. Recently, I was told the proper way is to write it as: Thank you to everyone who ____. Is "to" a superfluous preposition in this ...
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Gerund before prepositions [closed]

I read a sentence like this Negotiating for dummies I know that a gerund is after a preposition, so why in this sentence a gerund "Negotiating" is before a preposition "for" Thanks for reading
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Difference b/w IN and INTO [duplicate]

As he was feeling very thirsty /after a long journey,/he went into a bar/ and ordered a cool drink. What is difference b/w in bar and into bar .
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Parallelism in a sentence regarding transitive verbs, gerunds, and objects

I'm trying to write this sentence, but something doesn't seem right: Walloopp.com is the place to discover, collaborate, and create what's next. The first two are just options for actions on the ...
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Are there any situations where “pre” is considered a preposition? [closed]

Looking at questions such as: The prefix pre and how to use it. office libre rejects everything When is it necessary to use a hyphen in writing a compound word? How can pre be used one comment in ...