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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“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 ...
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Which preposition to use? (Again again) [closed]

Darn prepositions making me all confused again, the sentence: the painting inspires the 60-year-old man, and he is passionately absorbed in his contemplation about his past 'about' sounds wrong, ...
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On the ward/in the ward? [duplicate]

When you speak of someone being on the ward, is on the only acceptable preposition? Is there a difference between American and British English on this? Would complements change the preposition ...
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IN and ON again [duplicate]

The data was IN my phone or ON my phone? Well, IN being generally more of a 'containment' preposition, I would think its usage here is okay, and the phone is perceived as bag. However, I wonder which ...
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“Quest of providing” vs. “quest for providing” [duplicate]

Which sentence is correct and why? In our quest of providing unparalleled value to our customers. In our quest for providing unparalleled value to our customers. I understand that the ...
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In vs on, internet language [closed]

Please help me clarifying the use of IN Vs ON when using it in websites. I have an online account and I was informed that it is incorrect to use "IN" when referring to the contents of my account. I ...
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“Increase 10%” or “increase by 10%”

I was taught at the university that the correct usage of this verb is increase by, for example, like in the sentences stated below: The company's income increased by 10%. By 2015 the ...
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How to avoid many “of”s in one sentence?

I am not a native English speaker and frequently face a problem (especially in my research) of avoiding many "of"s in my sentence. Here are some examples: Optimization of control of guaranteed ...
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The influence of … on increase/increasing/increased [closed]

I have to translate thesis title to english, it should be something like this The influence of intelligent traffic systems on increase safety of population in villages It should mean that I ...
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Is there a solid reference/rule on when not to put article after 'of'

I have not found any articles or documentation on this, the only thing close to it is this Zero article after "of" in "a change of place" thread which only has a single answer ...
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The preposition 'Of' as in 'House of Cards' [closed]

I got two questions regarding the usage of the preposition 'of.' First is when we say 'a house of cards' do we mean either of or only one of the following?: I am referring to a house made of cards ...
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The correct preposition with “Google play store” and “Google” [closed]

I'm a bit confused about using the correct preposition in the following sentences. Which one sounds correct? On the Google play store In the Google play store What about the ...
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Is there any difference between 'to affiliate with' and 'to affiliate to'?

When I was looking up the word 'affiliate', the dictionary offered the example sentences which I've been really confused from. The actual meaning of the word 'affiliate' is to cause a group to ...
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Focus/emphasis in or on?

I automatically use the preposition "on" after the words "focus" or "emphasis". However, I've recently come across several instances of them being followed by "in", such as in the following examples: ...
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AT the critical angle or ON the critical angle? Which preposition is the right one here?

I'm supposed to write a physics essay and I'm have to describe something that occurs when light hits an interface with a very specific angle. So the sentence goes: "(...) at the critical angle" or ...
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Use of “insight of” in a sentence

Is it correct to use "insight of" in the following sentence: Statistical insight of binding regions in disordered human proteome Because here it basically means: insight into the statistics ...
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Is there always a difference between 'is the' and 'is a'?

For instance, 'every dog owner is the friend of a dog owner' vs 'every dog owner is a friend of a dog owner'. For me, the former seems to imply that every dog owner is the friend of a particular dog ...
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Is it “Most of the reading was done” or “Most of the reading were done”?

I wrote a blog post, which has the below sentence. I owned a few paperback books, but most of the reading was done on my 15.6-inch laptop screen. Grammarly extension pointed out an error with ...
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Why do adjectives such as; ‘proud’, ‘aware’, ‘capable’, and ‘afraid’ collocate with the preposition 'OF'? [closed]

The preposition of is used in all the following: be proud of; be aware of; be afraid of; be fond of; be capable of; be jealous of; be envious of, etc. I know it might sound ridiculous, but I have ...
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Omitting articles in nouns - prepositions; after; to; before; from

Why is the indefinite article omitted here? Could it be the definite article, but omitted? Like in the following case in an instruction: Grasp drumstick. Place knife between thigh and body; cut ...
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Subscribe for vs subscribe to updates [closed]

What form is correct or more suitable regarding website updates?
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Stake a claim in / on / to?

Which preposition should I use with the idiom "stake a claim"? I thought it was "in," but apparently "on" also exists and some online dictionaries have "to" too. For example: Many homesteaders ...
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He makes a right turn to the corner vs. He makes a right turn at the corner

I wonder what's the difference between "make a right turn to the corner" and "make a right turn at the corner." My teachers could hardly explain why the former one is wrong, and I only ...
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Burden TO or ON some one/thing?

I'm struggling with the word "burden" used in a phrase: whether it should be followed by the word "on" or "to." It might be obvious to some of you, but I am not a native speaker. Or maybe there is ...
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“Find in page” vs “find on page”

I'd like to find some thoughts and opinions related to this question. First of all, I noticed that there are two forms used in Web browsers' menus: MS Internet Explorer uses "Find on page" meanwhile ...
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Use of “ante” to refer to previous pages in an English text

At work I have seen "ante" being used for referring to previous pages of notes written by staff. For instance, when one has to refer to something on previous note, he/she would write, "Refer ...
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On/At/In someone's suggestion?

What, and why, is the right choice in these cases? (*) my supervisor's suggestion, I changed my schedule. Should (*) be: in, on, at, under,....?
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Meaning of “Students in all majors” versus “Students of all majors”

I would like to know the difference between these sentences: I want to send an email to students of all majors I want to send an email to students in all majors How did of/in change the meaning of ...
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similar between or similar for?

For a research project I have a question about the correctness of the following phrases The mean activities were similar between group A and group B. The study demonstrated similarity in terms of ...
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What’s the difference between “by its” and “for its”? [closed]

I can't see the difference in meaning in the phrase below. Both are correct? Cambridge is famous by its university. Cambridge is famous for its university. I found this phrase in a book ...
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In British English, do you say “in high tide” or “at high tide”?

In American English you would say, for example, "At high tide the water level would be here." Is it different in British English? I'm reading a document that says, "In high tide the water level would ...
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Semantics of 'the extent which' vs 'the extent TO which'

'the extent which'    vs    2. 'the extent to which' : 3. Semantically, how do these compare? I know that to is a preposition and so a Functional Morpheme, but does 'to' affect anything ...
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Adjective+preposition+me [duplicate]

When do we use "to me" or "for me" after an adjective? For example, we say "My family is important to me." Why not "important for me"? Adjectives like exciting, interesting, tiring, boring, etc. use ...
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Good + preposition

What grammar rules apply to the uses of "good at", "good with", and "good in"? I know that the sentence "She is good at speaking English" is correct. But is it correct to say "She is good in ...
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When do I need to have a preposition before whether?

I often see prepositions that come before whether and I feel that most of the time these prepositions are unnecessary. I'm confused as to whether a preposition is required before whether. I ...
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Is it “in” or “on the holidays”?

I'm unsure about the correct preposition of time regarding two sentences. This is the fist sentence in question: I'll call her ... the holidays. Possible solutions are at/in/on. I already ...
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Complement of “attentive” in the sense of “vigilant”

In several dictionaries I have found that "attentive" can mean either "paying attention", "observant", "vigilant", etc, or "courteous", "considerate (about)", "careful to fulfil the needs (of)". With ...
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Which are the correct prepositions before the word “year” in the following phrase?

In the phrase, "on Saturday the twenty-third day of April in the year two thousand and sixteen" Is it more correct to say "in the year two thousand and sixteen" or "in the year of two thousand ...
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What are the proper prepositions in a long-form wedding invitation?

I am seeking advice on the correct use of prepositions in my wedding invitation. I am writing my wedding invitation very formally in long-form, with all prepositions and nouns that are ordinarily ...