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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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 program....
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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 ...
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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 of......
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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 ...