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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Use of “by” to indicate means

The preposition of “by” is used to indicate how something is done as in: “We are going to travel by car” and “He made history by becoming the first man to sail around the world.” Now, how about ...
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What's the difference between “for a short time” and “in a short time”? [closed]

I submitted the following simple sentence to my tutor, and she told me to replace "for" with "in": I really want to know about his business because he has made so much money for a short time ...
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'In the ranks' OR 'With the ranks'

Which of the following two phrases is correct? I'd put him right there in the ranks of the best anthropologists out there. OR I'd put him right there with the ranks of the best ...
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Over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade

Which is the correct usage: over the past/last decade or during the past/last decade?
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Burn a hole in the road?

my question is: In Marry The Night's lyrics, Lady Gaga sings "I'm gonna burn a hole in the road". Why is that? I've heard the expression "on the road" but not "in the road". I don't speak English ...
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...
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“Feed on” or “feed with”?

Is it correct to say, for example: "She fed him on lamb" as well as "She fed him with lamb"? Omitting the preposition and simply leaving the sentence as "She fed him lamb" sounds more acceptable to ...
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How did the preposition “by” evolve its sense of “length x [by] width”?

The preposition "by" has a lot of special uses, but its etymology is not so easy as Etymonline wants us to believe. How did "by" develop as a preposition for areas, giving the length and breadth?
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Does one ride “in” a chariot, or “on” a chariot?

Is the proper term for riding a chariot "on" or "in"?
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What rules govern the ordering of phrases in a sentence?

When writing a sentence, I sometimes get stuck with the order of prepositional phrases if there happen to be a couple of them in a series. I cannot seem to place them next to the part they intend to ...
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It is childish to complain against rules [closed]

It is childish to complain against rules. Correct it where necessary? Find the error.
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Tips for swimming vs Tips on swimming

I'm looking for help understanding the difference between 'tips for swimming' and 'tips on swimming'. Are there certain grammar patterns that follow tips for vs. the ones that follow tips on? Are ...
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We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things

We are discussing useful things. We are discussing on useful things. Which is the correct answer? Can we use preposition here?
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Is “out of” instead of “from” colloquial, always okay or simply wrong?

Here an example sentence written by a pupil of mine: Through the British Empire, which resulted out of Britain's urge to build up its economy, Britain was connected to a lot of different countries ...
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It is irritating me. It is irritating to me [closed]

It is irritating me. It is irritating to me. Which one is correct? Does the word "irritating" work as an adjective in my second one sentence?
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Preposition between “invoice” and “order” [closed]

Is against a correct and common preposition in the following sentence? Is there any frequently used preposition for this sentence? I have to create invoices against these orders.
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Correct usage: 'frictions in the market' or 'frictions on the market' [closed]

I am searching for the correct usage of this term: Should I say 'frictions in the market' or 'frictions on the market'?
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Is “rub on” a phrasal verb or not?

I think the following sentences are all grammatical. So I am wondering whether there is a phrasal verb "rub on" that has the same meaning as "rub"-as-a-transitive-verb. If there is no phrasal verb, ...
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Taking a bite “at life” or “of life”? [closed]

I'm thinking of a title for my blog post. Would you say: (I am) taking a bite "at life" or "of life"? Does it make sense to use it if I mean to convey the message that I am making an effort to live ...
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Dress in / Dress with / Dress up [closed]

Guests invited to the Merrills' 20th wedding anniversary celebration are expected to dress _____ formal attire. in with on per I have never asked question but when i was studying something this ...
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Correct usage of To vs On

I had recently been chided for inadvertently using "on" to describe strapping an accessory (on/to) a car mirror - for obvious reasons. While "on" may be perceived as inappropriate or even impoilte, my ...
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“After power is switched on router” - preposition or a part of the verb?

In the manual of my router, I have found this sentence. I am quite unsure as to what it means and if it is correct After power is switched on router XYZ starts internal wifi network.
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Today I touched her hand (after / in / since / for) 3837 days [closed]

Today I met a girl after a long time. So I want to say the following: Today I touched her hand {after|in|since|for} 3837 days. What is the more appropriate option?
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On using 'in' and 'of'

In the following sentence, what is most appropriate: in 1977 or of 1977? For Oprah, April Fools' Day in 1977 wasn't funny at all.
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Usage of “on” in the phrase “on our team”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct: "Alice on our team has been excellent in managing tasks." I'd rather substitute "from" or "in" instead of the "on" in this sentence. Can someone ...
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What is the difference between “off” and “ off of”? [duplicate]

I heard somebody say that you get her off of me. I thought that "you get her off me" is right. So what is the difference between "off" and "off of"?
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In town but not in the town

We say "the best restaurant in town" but not "what is the best restaurant in the town". Why is this?
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The solution of so/but/since and because? [closed]

What do you think about the options of this case, i hav chosen the A", it's a little tricky?
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Is “augmented with” or “augmented by” preferable?

Which is the preferred preposition to use after the word "augmented", as in the sentence "A is augmented with/by B"? Does this depend on context? For concreteness, I am interested in mathematical ...
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Usage of prepositions

I've come across this sentence: Its current market value would astound its builders, but then so would much else about its leafy neighborhood. I understand that the builders would be astounded ...
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Using the words sunset and dawn

which of these phrases is correct? his practice ends before the dawn/sunset of a day in June or his practice ends before dawn/sunset on a day in June
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Except (for) me

Despite several posts around preposition for except, such as this and this one, I'm still not sure if I understand how to use it correctly. In fact, following sentence (part of a song) has confused ...
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in/on/at the square

every time I see a different preposition for a word "square" I wonder if either I do not take it in or there is a mistake. "On 10 October [1939] they gathered everyone on the brewery square, which ...
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“Thanks for VERB + ing” vs. “Thanks to VERB”: which is correct? [closed]

Should I use Thanks for being here or Thanks to be here? I have read that the first one is correct. However, I am not sure about these usages. Please tell me which one is correct and why it is ...
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In time or on time [closed]

I must hurry to get home ___ to watch the match. The blank should be filled with 'in time' or 'on time'?
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For an old girl, she moves fast [closed]

What does the following phrase generally mean? For an old girl, she moves fast. For a saber, you are pretty soft. For a guy I barely know, you are really starting to annoy me. Does the ...
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preposition choice: on; close the gap on

"Wal-Mart says it wants to double its stores in China by the end of 2006 to close the gap on its rival Carrefour. -CNN I'm unsure if the preposition 'on' was properly used in the line quoted ...
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“Around” and/or “About”

I know it is right to state: Is the teacher around ? But is it equally right to state: Is the teacher about ? I have heard native English speakers say the latter, but is it correct?
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A “lesson 'in' compassion”, but a “moral ___ compassion”?

We say "a lesson 'in' something". What is the acceptable preposition to be used with "moral" as a synonymous noun with "message" or "lesson"? The most common collocation is "the moral 'of' the ...
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What is the meaning of “Take medicine with meal”

I am not a native English speaker. When I see medicines with label stating "Take this with a meal" what does it actually mean? Before starting the meal After finishing the meal In between Any of the ...
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Preposition for “Alternative”

I've found out that there are several prepositions for the word alternative that all seem to be correct, however, I think there should be a best choice. Do these prepositions affect the meaning in ...
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Get on the plane, get in the car? [duplicate]

I'd say "I get in the plane", but apparently this language tries hard not to make sense.
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What preposition to use with file extensions?

Basically, should I mentally decode file extension abbreviations, and thus: Documents in PDF (in format) Photos according to JPEG (... group) Alternatives: Shall I keep it as PDF? Could ...
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What should I say? Across or between camera views?

My question is regarding the usage of "across" and "between". I want to say that a person is viewed by one camera, then disappears and, after a while is sensed by a different cameras. I wrote ...
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Placing proper preposition [closed]

Suppose I am seeing a picture and telling someone at/on the left side you and at/on the right side me
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To laugh over vs. about

Most of the time when I need to reference something using the word "laugh", my go-to preposition is "about". However, at times, "over" sounds much more adequate in day-to-day use. The big question, ...
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usage of the word of

I wonder if the usage of ''of'' in this sentence is correct? The sentence is '' As continuation of completion of the common market''. Can the usage of ''of'' two or three times be possible?
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“Back at his house in…” vs “back in his house in…” [closed]

What's the correct form? Or at least the most commonly used? I found both instances in Google Books: On the journey home and back in his house in Scy Chazelles Schuman gave the plan his ...
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send you or send it to you?

Please, which phrase is correct: I have already finished the new recording; I will send you right now. I will send it to you right now.
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What is the correct syntax for using 'arrive' with a destination? [closed]

Which should I say? I arrive to my work. or I arrive into my work.