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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“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.
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Multiple preposition in a sentence [duplicate]

I would like to use both insert and remove in the same sentence. However, I would like to know how I will use the prepositions because the verbs have different prepositions into/from. There are some ...
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Difference among “to hear”, “to hear of” and “to hear about”?

Will anyone kindly explain the difference between the three terms to me? Thanks.
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“I weigh about 5 lbs.”

This stems from a discussion over on ELL which has moved beyond being useful to second-language learners. In short, consider the sentence: I weigh about 5 pounds. What part of speech is ...
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Choosing a preposition: A train TO/FOR class

What is the correct preposition to use in this case? For example, in the sentence "I usually study in the park before taking the train for class", should we replace the for with to? Or are they both ...
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Are these wordiness defects cases of syntactic pleonasm?

While critiquing a certain document, I noticed frequent instances of a kind of wordiness. Whereas I could have simply corrected each instance, I wanted to cite for the writer a general rule for ...
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Confused about the use of “to” in a quote

The former Manchester United star has now hit a record 25 La Liga hat-tricks and has 45 goals this term to lead Lionel Messi by three in the race for the Pichichi. I am confused as to the ...
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What part of speech is 'closer' functioning as in 'I moved closer'?

'I moved closer.' At face value, 'closer' seems to be acting like an adjective; however, I don't see anything in the sentence to which it can refer. A friend suggested that 'to move closer', 'to ...
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“Pain to” vs. “pain in”

Is it correct to say: He couldn't stand for long because of pain to his leg. or should it be: He couldn't stand for long because of pain in his leg. or are both acceptable, or is neither?
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“Dance it out” or “dance it off”? [closed]

If the one wanted to, for example, dance to forget about problems/to unload, should we colloquially say 'dance it off' or 'dance it out'?
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“There is the man.” Is *there* an adverb or pronoun?

According to Dictionary.com there adverb in or at that place (opposed to here ): She is there now. pronoun (used to introduce a sentence or clause in which ...
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In the phrasal verb 'put up', what is the meaning of 'up'?

In the dictionary, I wrote that 'up'means 'up,perfectly'. Then what is the meaning of 'up' in this sentence below? 'I put up at the cheap hotel.'
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“In” and “and” when describing a relation

I recently noticed this in various titles of things (books, articles, etc.): Language and the brain Technology and society These make sense and are grammatical, but why not use in in ...
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Usage of 'on' preposition before words like 'next'/'previous'

As I found out on the internet and this site, usually the preposition on before words like week/month name or just in a phrase such as: [something-something] next week is not used. However, I ...
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To be about; to be all about

I have a nagging feeling "to be all about" is vastly different than its "all"-less counterpart. This game is all about teamwork. To me this means the very basis, the fundamental element of this ...
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Do we use “in” or “on” when discussing months? [closed]

Which of the below is correct? He graduated in March 1990. He graduated on March 1990.
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Proselytize to?

I'm writing a sentence about a person who tries to convert a city to a faith, and differentiating that from a person who tries to convert an individual. "while a (some specific terminology) is ...
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“When I think to”

Yesterday I saw in a poster ad the following phrase "When I think to Modena, I recall ...". Now, IMHO it should be "think of" or "think about"; sadly, it looks like a terrible Google translation of ...
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In text, 'I believe in you.',What is the meaning of 'in'?

I saw the sentence like 'I believe in you.'while reading the book. I want to know the meaning of preposition 'in' in this sentence.
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“be on holiday” and “be on camping”

A private student's story contained the cited line below, which sounded awkward and strange. “I was on camping with my family” I know you can “go on holiday”, but you can't “go on camping”. ...
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What preposition should I use when talking about computer and softwares [duplicate]

My question is about prepositions and what to use when talking about computer and software. I will Install a software (in,on,into) my computer a software was installed (in,on,into) my computer
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On a peculiar use of the preposition/adverb “out”

It can be placed before the stem of many a word to produce verbs of a very distinctive kind! For example: outdate, outgrow, outlay, outlive, outmatch, outnumber, outrun, outsmart, outsource, ...
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Is the clause “where are you from” grammatically correct? [duplicate]

One of the most fundamental sentence from the English “phrasebook” that almost every beginner will learn is this sentence, using which one can ask another one’s nationality or country/region of ...
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During a visit or on a visit

Which phrase is correct or are they both correct? "I bought this ring during my visit to France". "I bought this ring on my visit to France".
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Which preposition follows “lack of knowledge”?

I have the sentence Please excuse my lack of knowledge [preposition] proper essay formatting. Should I write "lack of knowledge in proper essay formatting" or "lack of knowledge on proper ...
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Prepositional madness! Of, or in?

This has been bothering me for the last day or so. Would you say: "I have a mind to send him a strongly-worded letter, just to see if he can read five words of it." Or: "I have a mind to ...
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Usage of “Of” and “for”

Is there a general rule governing the usage of "Of" and "For" when used in the following way: Which is correct "My love of animals" or "My love for animals" ?
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Best in; best of

Joey is the best in (his) class. Joey is the best of Philadelphia. Joey is the worst in the business. Joey is the worst (member) of his family. Many times "of" following "best/worst" is ...
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“Arguments in each topic” or “arguments on each topic”?

Which is the right way to express the following? You have to present your arguments in each topic. You have to present your arguments on each topic. Or maybe there is yet another ...
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Understanding X/Understanding *of* X: What's the distinction?

Say we have two sentences that use understanding as a gerund: Understanding how to open this door is crucial in the event of an emergency. My understanding of physics is woefully inadequate. ...
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What is the appropriate preposition which can be used with the word “server”?

In the sentences : The file is placed in the server. The file is placed on the server. The file is placed at the server. Which is the best option?
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Correct preposition with “to be jealous”

Let's say Alice sees her boyfriend Bob with Charlotte, another girl. Now, I know the correct usage is "Alice is jealous of Bob". My question is how to connect this predicate (be jealous) to Charlotte. ...
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“Without whom…” or “whom … without”? [closed]

Is it more grammatically correct to move the preposition without to the end of its clause, or use without whom? Does the "in no particular order" change matters? I wish to express my sincere ...
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Preposition ON or IN to proceed 'Monday's workshop'

I'm a bit confused by the following phrase "To all students who participated in/on Monday's workshop..." and I can't quite get my head around it... Which preposition should I use, "in" or "on"? I ...
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which one should be used in this sentence — by or with?

In the sentence " Her speech was punctuated with bursts of applause." why can't I use "by" instead of "with"?
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Why is “all of your employees” apparently more commonly used than “all your employees”? [closed]

I have done a quick Google search and it seems like "all of your employees" is 20 times more common than "all your employees". What is the grammar reason behind it? "all your employees" -> 365,000 ...
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“answered in” or “answered”?

I'm confused whether the verb answer should come with the preposition in or without it in a sentence "the timing a question will be answered in is important" or "the timing a question will be answered ...
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“predicting” or “prediction of”?

What is the difference between "can be used for prediction of user behaviour" and "can be used for predicting user behaviour"? I like the second version more since it's shorter and without a ...
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“I guess Americans are hated a lot of places.” What's wrong with this sentence exactly?

From Cat's Cradle (Vonnegut). "The highest possible form of treason," said Minton, "is to say that Americans aren't loved wherever they go, whatever they do. Claire tried to make the point the ...
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“on the National Mall” - why “on” and not “in”?

From the news: NASA is hosting a series of events on the National Mall. The National Mall is a national park, and we usually use the preposition in: The events in the national park were ...
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IN different aspects or ON different aspects

Which is more accurate: "He can significantly contribute to the company IN different aspects" Or "He can significantly contribute to the company ON different aspects"?
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Infested with vs infested by

Is there a rule regarding "infested with" and "infested by"? Which is more appropriate?
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“Work on the field” vs. “work in the field” [closed]

Which of these is correct, or are both? The farmer works on the field. The farmer works in the field.
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Usage of 'to' in a sentence

Are these tos in right places so that the sentence is meaningful? The sentence talks about some people we need to persuade to live our life peacefully. And yes, look we have some judges to ...
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“CEO at” or “CEO of”?

Is it proper to say John Smith is the CEO of ABC Company or John Smith is the CEO at ABC Company?
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Which one is correct: “You've got no life of/for” your own?

"Let's face facts here. You took care of your parents for so long, you've got no life of your own." "Let's face facts here. You took care of your parents for so long, you've got no life for your ...
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“to become as an instructor” OR “to become an instructor”? [closed]

When she was 14 years old, she even earned a black belt in karate. Also, she got a special training, exclusive for disabled people to become as an instructor." Should I rewrite the same sentence ...
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In or at the department of English and American Studies?

Which of these preposition ( in or at) is correctly used with the noun department? Is it correct to say: I was one of the interviewees in the department of English and American studies at the ...