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” or “at” when talking about flight dates

I originally had text on a web site that stated: Showing flight results for flights from LON to NYC leaving at 01/06/2015 and returning at 08/06/2015 One of the testers has said that this ...
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Should it be on or over?

From Aljazeera News: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the kingdom is ready "to take necessary measures if needed" over Yemen's political crisis, after denouncing Iran's alleged role in the ...
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is the phrase “available with me” correct? [closed]

I used a bus in which the hostess said that the company magazine is available with me on demand. Is the usage of available along with with correct?
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Usage of preposition 'in'

Which is the correct form of the following caption for a photo: Night beauty in St Petersburg St Petersburg night beauty Or does the right sentence have to be "A night beauty in St ...
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Is this the correct preposition? “He has updated the reporting relationship of this position number in the database.”

"He has updated the reporting relationship of this position number in the database." Q: Is "of" the correct preposition to use? Or, should "for" be used instead?
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vibration in / vibration from [closed]

I am translating a novel, and I am confused about which preposition is the better choice. This is the scene: A woman suddenly feels a vibration, which is from her cellphone in her purse. Should I ...
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What is the difference between “work in” an organisation and “work with”?

I have work experience in local NGOs. I have work experience with local NGOs. I have experience working with local NGOs. Changing the preposition can change the meaning. Is this the case ...
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Why do people say “Go down this road” or “Go down this corridor” instead of saying “Go straight” [closed]

I was wondering, when giving directions, is it correct to say "go straight" instead of "go down"? Does down and straight in the context of giving directions mean the same thing?
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“To which”, “by which”, “on which” etc [closed]

I have come across the phrases like "to which","for which", "by which", "on which" and so on(using a preposition with a relative pronoun). e.g. The chair on which the body was found.. Could someone ...
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Which preposition follows “in the week” when denoting a specific week of the year?

I'm pretty sure that the correct preposition is of: I'll probably start working on this issue in the week of June, 8th. However, there are thousands of hits on Google using the preposition from. ...
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Why is this sentence wrong? “He went to home.” [closed]

Why is this sentence wrong? He went to home. is it correct in this way? He went home
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Take it off of your shoulders [duplicate]

I've stumbled across this sentence: "I don't need your heavy load. Take it off of my shoulders". I want to ask, is the usage of "take something off OF" correct? Thank you in advance, Matus
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“The man in glasses” or “The man with glasses”? [closed]

The man in glasses or The man with glasses Is it grammatically correct to say with or in glasses? I've heard both, but the first seems to prevail a little bit more, though. Googling ...
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Use of expression “out of”

Which expression is correct: "he ran out the house" or "he ran out of the house"?
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Which one to use “by” or “with”?

My question is that in the sentence: The thief opened the door with the duplicate key. Why can't I use by in place of with?
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If somebody could explain this [duplicate]

I have a doubt with preposition usage. Why is it "at night" and "in evening/afternoon/". If somebody could explain this exceptional case.
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“Upper bound on” vs. “upper bound of”

I have seen both usages, and want to learn how to choose the appropriate option.
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Use of “off of” or “off” with some verbs in place of “on” [duplicate]

I have noticed a trend among younger native speakers of English to use the proposition(s) "off/off of" in place of "on." The most common one is the verb base. I have just heard it with go, which I can ...
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About usage of prepositions

I've recently seen this sentence in an article: Robert is an authority on English literature. Could you explain why there is used preposition "on" with a noun "authority", but with adjective "good" ...
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What is the difference between “amazed at” and “amazed by”?

Good day to all! Could you please explain me in which cases it's better to use a preposition at and in which we should use by? amazed at / amazed by astonished at /astonished by Thank you in ...
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What preposition can be used instead of *to / before* in a phrase (see example)?

The word before has always seemed somewhat awkward to me in phases like: (1) He spoke before the audience... (2) She presented her report before the Board of the Company... (3) The Company ...
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Which preposition to use with “interface”

What is the best preposition at/for/on to use in sentences like these: Configure CoS queue parameters at interface or Configure CoS queue parameters for interface or Configure CoS queue ...
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Is it “in” or “on” the dark side?

What's the correct word to use, is it "in" or "on" the dark side? For example: Sometimes it's good to be in/on the dark side.
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Is it “Does social media” or “Do social media”? [duplicate]

I am confused as to which way to say the following: "Does social media benefit people?" or "Do social media benefit people?"
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“helpful for you” or “helpful to you”

Which is more correct? "is helpful for you" or "is helpful to you" Context: Closing line of an email. eg. "I hope this information is helpful for you."
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Function of “about”- practised physiotherapy for about 6 months

I practised physiotherapy for about 6 months. I understand that "about" can take forms such as an adv, adj, preposition. Though I can rephrase the sentence, however, I am curious to find out ...
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Usage: “Having children by/from different fathers”?

In the phrase having children by/from different fathers, is by British usage, and from American usage? The collocation with by, I could find in the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, but the ...
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“The below attachment” vs “The attachment Below” [duplicate]

In office email communication, people constantly write "See the below attachment". However, I have a problem with this because I feel as though the word below should be placed after 'attachment' not ...
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in 5 minutes, after 5minutes [duplicate]

For a foreigner, the usage of 'In + time' and 'after + time' are kind of confusing.. The system will be turned off in 5 minutes. The system will be turned off after 5 minutes. I'm confused ...
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he found the key just _______ the front door. what should fill the blank? [closed]

I would like to know the answer in the blank .....What does the word "just" indicate ? Can it be "key just to the front door"?
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'in' vs. 'on' for dates

I've met the following phrase: Something happened on February 12-25, 2010. It means that some event started on February 12th and ended on February 25th. Actually the text was about the Olympic ...
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Etymology of “save” in the meaning of “except”, “but”, “unless”

Why does save also mean other than : but or except "We had no hope save one." except for the fact that : only —used with that but, except —used before a word often taken to be the ...
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Determining if “than” is used as conjunction or preposition

"than" can be used as a conjunction and as a preposition. I want to be able to tell for any given sentence containing "than" which grammatical function it has in that sentence. My current ...
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Is the preposition necessary

Is it correct to use a preposition in this usage? Tommy doesn't need any shouting at, he does as he is told. Tommy doesn't need shouted at, he does as he is told. Or is the preposition ...
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Preposition following “boarded” [closed]

Which one is the correct preposition - She boarded ____ his compartment. I am confused between in and at. And on second thought, will it be okay if I skip the preposition here? The situation is ...
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“father to” vs. “father of”

Would it be grammatically correct to write Mister X is father to a son and a daughter or should one preferably choose the preposition of? Mister X is father of a son and a daughter. ...
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A house “made of ” or “made from” mud bricks? [duplicate]

I know the difference between "made of" and "made from", but could you help me choose which one I should use in the following sentence? This house is made of (or) from mud bricks
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Correct usage of 'not'

I wrote this sentence as the email subject this morning - "Will login not before 12 pm". This has got me thinking if what I wrote is correct or the sentence should have been - "Will not login before ...
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Errors in prepositions of the sentence

I have a grammar assignment and the question is "Rewrite the sentences below by correcting the errors in the prepositions" The sentence is "Everyone was meeting up with me at my house" I don't see ...
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This is a novel about (on?) integrity

I feel comfortable saying "This is a novel about etiquette", but could I equally say "This is a novel on etiquette"? If I had to say it, I would use "about" but I don't see anything wrong about using ...
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Place of “either” for different propositions

I want to work on either X or Y. I have to change that sentence this way: I want to work either on X or in the realm of Y. Is there any problem with it? I am doubtful about the proper ...
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Rule of preposition [closed]

Someone asked me this question which I could not able to answer: then my question is , " I gave a book to him"--- here why we don't use a preposition before a book? Or " he killed a snake with a ...
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Which is correct: “The facts are known by us” or “The facts are known to us”?

Which is correct? The facts are known by us or The facts are known to us I think by is correct but my friends persist that it's to.
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available to / for groups? [duplicate]

In some of the previous posts, I read we should say "something is available TO someone" (when talking about people). Yet, I have just come across this statement: "Special rates are available for ...
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Import and export preposition usage

Consider the following phrases: The car was imported from Detroit. The car was exported from Detroit. The car was imported to Detroit. The car was exported to Detroit. Are these all semantically ...
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My as an adjective, posessive pronoun, or prepositional phrase?

During English class, we have been diagramming sentences, as described at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/, and have had some confusion as to whether the term "my" should be considered an adjective, ...
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By which? - Problem with relative clause

for hours I've been scouring the internet for some sentences/grammar rules which bother me. Unfortunately, I couldn't find the answer, and that's why I decided to ask here. Are sentences 1) and 2) ...
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Is “fished” a transitive verb in “I fished around in my pocket for my keys”?

In English it doesn't sound natural to say "I fished a fish." You would say "I caught a fish." However, in the instances where I can think of using fish as a verb, it must take a preposition (around, ...
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What's the difference between “delay in” and “delay of”? [closed]

What's the difference between “delay in” and “delay of”? I have seen many examples of both, but I can't guess the difference.
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…this big OF a wave …?

I am used to asking How big was the wave? and answering The wave was this big. My question is that, I think, in the US, it is pretty common (I have heard the usage often) to ask How big OF a ...