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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“Please be considerate of…” vs. “please be considerate to…”

We have a sign on a door at work which slams when people aren't careful. It originally read: Please be considerate of those here and close this door quietly. Someone crossed out the of and ...
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If and Whether - or not? Interrogative and Conditional words

It's clear to me that in some situations, "if" works but "whether" does not: 1a) If it rains, I shall take my umbrella. 1b) Call me if rain is predicted. Also some where only "whether or not" will ...
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Which preposition to use with diagnosis?

The sentence is: "It has been 2 years since my diagnosis of/with cancer". Which is correct, "diagnosis of" or "diagnosis with" cancer? The meaning i want is: "It has been 2 years since I was ...
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“choose from” vs “choose out of” vs “choose among”

I tried to form a sentence like this: X chooses Y from three Zs. X chooses Y out of three Zs. I couldn't choose which one is better, and after googling found question on en.se and thread ...
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Difference between 'to the left' and 'on the left'

I have encountered these expressions today, when I was describing a photo. People are lining up in the picture. I wanted to explain someone who is standing next to the person on the far left. And I ...
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“identical with” vs. “identical to”

I find myself always wondering which is the grammatically correct expression or, provided that both are correct, whether there are differences between their meaning. One example: Passage A in this ...
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“as if to” and “as if it were to”

Seen many sentences that had "as if to" and they had a comma before "as if to", which makes me think that "as if to" does not work as a preposition but as a clause. Is "as if to" the reduce form of ...
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“Attendant with” vs. “attendant to” vs. “attendant of”

Can the adjective attendant be used with the prepositions with, to, or of, and, if so, which is preferable? For example, I could say, "This manual describes the operation of the product and its ...
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What’s the difference between “for” and “to” in “for/to many people”?

Given these two versions of a sentence: For many people, dogs are the best friends. To many people, dogs are the best friends. I have following questions: What is the difference between ...
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Is it grammatically acceptable to write, “by March of 2015”? [duplicate]

The entire sentence would be something like: The Center will be established by March of 2015. I feel confident writing "in March of 2015", but this sentence must convey the fact that at any time ...
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Phrase type help needed

In the following sentence: I thank you for arranging the wedding. What type of phrase is for arranging the wedding? For is a preposition, but the fact there is not only a noun following it but ...
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Is “despite” outdated?

A friend of mine, a respected linguist, mentioned recently that "despite" (prep) is outdated. Whilst it is true that I hardly ever hear someone using the word in ordinary conversation, I still hear ...
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Is there a comprehensive look at articles of dress and their prepositions

As mentioned in the title, I'm looking for a comprehensive answer to the question of which prepositions go with different articles of clothing: e.g., in/with a tie; in/with a hat; in/with gloves, ...
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What preposition: “on the mobile” or “in the mobile”?

I read this: The battery's flat on the mobile. I think we should say in the mobile not on the mobile.
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1 to 5 / by 1 to 5 / from 1 to 5 / 1 untill 5…?

What prepositions should I use when I want to say about a range of numbers? Example of use in a scene where each garden or car was numbered: There are beautiful flowers in the garden #3 to the ...
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preposition problem! [closed]

i) Everyday drivers die ___ road accidents. ii) The majority of road accidents are caused ___ human error. iii) There occurs a lot of road accidents ___ Indian roads. Please help me out by ...
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“To the next time” vs. “Till the next time” [closed]

Could you tell me which form is correct, and why? to the next time, name till the next time, name
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Passive voice of intransitive verbs

Intransitive verbs have no objects, so they can not be used in passive voice, but I have seen many people using intransitive verbs in passive voice sentences. I am much confused how is it possible. ...
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“to prefer something over something” or “to prefer something to something” [duplicate]

Which syntax is more correct: to prefer something over something else or to prefer something to something else or maybe both are correct?
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''For the best'' vs ''best''

I was writing a message to a friend and I got confused about these two expressions ''best'' and ''for the best'' in this particular context: ''it would be best to stop seeing each other'' vs ...
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What is difference between “using” and “by using”?

Sometimes both "using" and "by using" seem to have the same meaning. Am I wrong? For example, compare the sentences below: "On-screen keyboards allow people with mobility impairments to type data ...
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In + pres. participle constructions (“In performing,” “in using”)

I'm working on preparing some text for translation into Spanish and have come across this construction, which sounds perfectly fine to me, but I've been unable to find any definition or description ...
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“Reservation for” vs. “reservation at”

I'm trying to check if this sentence is correct. Is this reservation for the Holiday Inn? Or, should I use Is this reservation at the Holiday Inn?
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“Amazed by how” vs “amazed how”

I am amazed by how friendly these people are. I'm amazed how friendly these people are. What is the difference between the usage with by and the usage without?
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Is it necessary to repete the prepositions in coordinate sentences? [duplicate]

In the coordinate sentences introducted by prepositions is it necessary to repete the preposition in the second sentence? "I am happy to go to the cinema and to have a pizza" or "I am happy to go to ...
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Why is a person 'on' public transport and not 'in' it [duplicate]

A friend of mine recently posted a comment on Facebook saying that the phrase "on a train" is a pet peeve of his since it very rarely refers to somebody literally riding on top of a train. This got ...
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“from” vs. “off” when talking about an album track

Is there a difference in the meaning or use of those two phrases: Favorite track off Dark Side of the Moon Favorite track from Dark Side of the Moon Is one of them wrong or not as ...
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Difference between “aunt to” and “aunt of”

E.g. You are going to be aunt to my son. You're going to be aunt of my son.
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not on your life (why not in your life)

I'm curious to know why the idiom below made with the prep "on" and not "in"? not on your life Not on your life! (informal) : Something that you say in order to tell someone with a lot of force ...
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“Off the wall” vs. “Off of the wall” [duplicate]

I used to think we should say "keep your hands off the wall", but one of the lines in Money, from Pink Floyd, they say "keep your hands off of my stash". That made me confuse. Do we always say keep ...
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Message on/in/into/onto queue

This question comes from a technical field. I say that I "put message on/in/into/onto queue" if I store some bits (the message) in an area of memory (the queue). Which is the correct preposition in ...
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Administer the patient the drug? Administer the patient with the drug?

Does the verb “administer”, as in to give a drug, work like the verb “give” or like the verb “provide”? Which of the following is better: 1 or 2? Patients are administered the drug. Like ...
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“Like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it” - by?

I do get the point but I would like to know why the "by" is used here? Wouldnt "and" work? "Is it like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it." To me it implies that you might ...
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“At Italy” or “In Italy” (or any country for that matter) [duplicate]

Are these two phrases both correct? I believe that the first is incorrect but would like a more detailed explanation if so.
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'before' or 'in front of'?

Which sentence is the correct one? He parked his BMW directly before the diner. or He parked his BMW directly in front of the diner.
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“Position in/at/for your company”

Which is correct? I am writing to apply for the position of ____ in your company. I am writinng to apply for the position of ____ at your company. I am writinng to apply for the position ...
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Why did the author put “to” in this sentence?

I can't figure out why did the author put this word in this place in the sentence: One of the protesters, surnamed Chiu, told a press conference that he was a witness to and victim of police ...
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Adaptable at or in or to doing something

I am confused with what is the correct expression to use, is it better saying "I am adaptable at using smth", "I am adaptable on using smth" or "I am adaptable to using smth"? The third sounds ...
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Another SAT question

I've encountered another controversial sentence from SAT writing section. Here it is: Given her strong sense of social justice, Burns vehemently protested over her party's failure to support a tax ...
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What preposion is suited to? [duplicate]

What preposion is suited to the below sentence? In or by or at ? "our team introduced practical processes and possible solutions available in our/the company. " If any better way to write, please ...
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What is correct - playing “on a squash court” or “in a squash court”?

My first reaction was naturally to go with "on a squash court" but a squash court is an enclosed court so saying "in a squash court" doesn't sound incorrect either. But it might be. An example I'm ...
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correct usage and punctuation of a nonrestrictive clause with which?

S1: John was a worker at Bread Store, of which I was the manager, when he lived here. S2: John was a worker at Bread Store, which I was the manager of, when he lived here. What's the correct usage? ...
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Bought in, bought on, bought from, bought at? [closed]

I bought this bike in|on|from|at an online store. I bought this bike in|on|from|at November 13. I bought this bike in|on|from|at a sale. What is the appropriate situation where the words in, on, ...
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prepositions (punch in/on/to) [closed]

I'd like to know if all these sentences are correct, and if there is a difference between them in meaning: I punched him in the face. I punched him on the face. I punched him to the face. Thank you ...
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usage of preposition in the given sentence

What will be the prepositions in the blank spaces : Vidyasagar lived in a rented house _____ forty seven years _____ his life in Kolkata.
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“…Which I have a basic knowledge of”

Russian, which I have a basic knowledge of Is the entire phrase which I have a basic knowledge of idiomatic in English? Or is it just an Italian phrase construction I inadvertently transposed ...
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“Provided to us” or “Provided us”?

Both the sentences/fragments below appear to be grammatical. Thanks for the help you have provided to us in the planning Thanks for the help you have provided us in the planning Is there ...
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At Up To together in a sentence?

Does it make sense to say "At Up To 30% off"? Shouldn't it either be "At" or "Up To"...not "At Up To"?
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in a computer vs on a computer [duplicate]

Important information can be stored in a computer vs Important information can be stored on a computer Also, can we use stored and saved alternatively/interchangebaly with computer. E.g. ...
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preposition “travel in” or “travel by” [duplicate]

Which is the grammatically correct statement : "We are travelling in a car" Or "We are travelling by a car" Thanks in advance...