Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in".

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When should I use “opportunity of” and when “opportunity from”?

Which is the proper preposition, from or of?: There are many opportunities from/of the energy turnaround.
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“These findings are critical [to inform/for informing] future research” [duplicate]

In this sentence, would you use "to inform" or "for informing"? These findings are critical ______ future research Likewise, would you use "to understand" or "for understanding" in the ...
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difference between progress ON and progress OF

I'm still confused even after studying the prepositions on and of. Can you please help me and explain to me the difference of the ff: progress ON your project progress OF your project ...
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How can this be worded better? [closed]

How can this be better expressed? In respect of Anna's written wishes, there will be no funeral.
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Place your orders on time/in time? [duplicate]

If you want to inform someone in advance to do something early enough so the person won't be in trouble later, do you say on time or in time? It's not a specified time, like order it today between 12 ...
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Why is there an “in” in “she'll be in the first woman to hold a top position in the government”?

I just don't know why there's an in in the following sentence: If she succeeds, she'll be in the first woman to hold a top position in the government. Taken from this CNN story. Why must there ...
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We think we have a top-seller on/in our hands? [closed]

I know this on our hands/in our hands discrepancy has been discussed here in a broad way, but since it's idiomatic, I think it would be helpful to consider a few specific examples, like the one here. ...
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Would a golfer say, “I shot for 200 yards”?

I'm wondering if "for" is the correct word to use in the phrase, "I shot for 200 yards". This is in relation to a golf video game I'm working on. After the shot, the computer tells you, "You shot for ...
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Question on “Out of”

In "out of", is the "out" considered a preposition or an adverb?
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Articles and prepositions in a series

I am writing a technical report. After finishing the first draft, I asked my friends, who are native English speakers, to proofread my writing. They found and corrected several errors in my report. ...
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The preposition with the word “value”?

Which is the correct way of writing? He bought 50 shares with the nominal value of ... (sum of money) He bought 50 shares of the nominal value of ... He bought 50 shares for the nominal value of ...
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“at event” vs. “on event”

What is a better preposition for the word "event"? at on Specifically I want to say: Lector at an event Lector on an event Which is the correct one?
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The difference between 'protect from' and 'protect against'

The Longman dictionary suggests two options regarding the word 'protect': protect somebody/something from something and protect somebody/something against something/ Examples: The cover protects the ...
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Meaning of “On” in non-physical situations [closed]

What is the meaning of "on" in non-physical situations? Of course "On" indicates a position above and being supported by something under it.For example, "A glass in on the table" and "A portrait is ...
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Some prepositions - confusion [closed]

Please can you tell me which of the two prepositions in the examples below are correct? Is it possible to use both of them? Thanks! :) Translate text into German / Translate text to German ...
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'quoted to you' or 'quoted for you'?

Which is correct? The price we quoted for you or The price we quoted to you I often stumble with this. I'm not sure how to use for you and to you.
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Is it ordinary to use “between” for selection among two or more things?

AP Radio News (March 3) narrated that: “It’s anybody’s guess who win the best picture. It seems to be a close race between “American Hustle,” “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.” I was under ...
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“My interest in becoming” vs. “my interest to become”

I was writing a letter of application for a university. I wanted to start my letter by writing: I am writing this letter to express my interest in becoming part... and then I got confused. I am ...
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How to correctly use 'whereupon'?

How to use 'whereupon'? I'm making sense of it in the following example by taking 'whereupon' to mean 'which at'. 'This Is Jinsy is one of those weird British comedies, like The League of Gentleman ...
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It's fine by me

"Fine by me" seems like an unusual use of the word 'by'. Is it unique, or are there other cases like this? Is there a special term for this specific pattern?
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Is 'of' as in 'drink of' an old usage?

I drank of the jar. Is this 'of' an old usage? But I can't find the proof for that.
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“Help in doing something” or “Help doing something”

Is the preposition in necessary or abundant? To be specific, which of these two sentences sounds better/is correct? This helps in achieving better fuel economy. or This helps achieving ...
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Is the “by” correct in “makes no claims by writing them”?

Is it correct to use the preposition "by" in such a context: If within this period Mr X makes no claims on the work quality by writing them in the certificate, then ... I meant that Mr X can ...
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“Deliver using/with/by the certificate”

In the fragment "to complete and deliver construction works to the customer using the Certificate of Work Completion", how can I change the word using (in the sense of "by what means")? Should I ...
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Terminal preposition / adposition question

So I was hoping to know if the phrase as many as I can think of is improper or incorrect because it ends with the word "of"? What would be a way to minimally change this to not violate any ...
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ending a sentence with a preposition 'of'

I know many questions have been asked for ending a sentence with a preposition in this community. However none of that seems to be providing the answer which I am looking for in this scenario. Please ...
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Is it grammatically sound to group nouns/verbs sharing a preposition that governs the same object using an “and” multiple times in one sentence?

For example, does the below sentence violate any grammar rules? "Global Connections" will be showcasing internship opportunities, job openings and training programs at, challenges and issues facing, ...
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“Fall from” vs. “fall off”

Which of the following sentences is correct? She fell from the bike. She fell off the bike.
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Meanwhile as a preposition

I'm currently taking an English course that involves picking out adverbs, nouns, prepositions, and pronouns. Myself and my tutor are at a disagreement on if the use of meanwhile in this situation is a ...
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Can I say “something in discussion” to refer to the thing being discussed?

The paragraph under consideration has nothing to do with his moral integrity. The context is about how to understand a specific paragraph in an article about a rich man. Can I use “the ...
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Which is correct — “email me [on/at] x@y.com”? [duplicate]

Which variant is the correct one: email me on xxx@xxx.com email me at xxx@xxx.com email me to xxx@xxx.com Or should another preposition go there?
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Preposition with 'claim': 'to' or 'on'?

What is the correct preposition to be used in the blank? Is it to or on? My cousins have a claim __ our property.
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what is the correction preposition to be used in the blank? (in/of)

Have you read the humorous stories _ the Panchatantra?
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He overcame his defects ________ sheer force of habit [closed]

What is the correct preposition to be used in the blank?
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The use of “though”

I'd like to know why the use of though in this sentence is wrong. Besides this he just gives money to the man and lets him walk away though of his bad injuries.
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“ to ” VS “ until ” [closed]

Peter is far from a procrastinator. A. He never leaves today's work undone until tomorrow. B. He never leaves today's work undone to tomorrow. to VS until, which is better ? A or B? Or ...
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Graduate student in or of?

In my cover letter I want to write that I am a graduate student in statistics. But I am not sure about the "in". So what is correct? I am a graduate student in statistics. I am a graduate ...
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Which preposition comes in the phrase “assistant professor in English” [duplicate]

Which preposition should I use in the sentence "He is an assistant professor in English" or should i use "He is an assistant professor of English"?
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Can a prepositional phrase be the direct object?

We're covering grammar in English I, and we just got to gerunds. In one of the exercises, I had the sentence "Pilgrims learned about planting crops from the Wampanoags." I'm supposed to find the ...
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A synonym for “over” in “over a distance”

Could you give me the best synonym for over in this situation? Aqueduct: artificial channel for conducting water over a distance. I know it is the best preposition for this context. But I wonder ...
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What preposition should be used with the 'wrap' verb?

I want to wrap it WITH the paper I want to wrap it IN the paper I want to wrap it BY the paper
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“Martyr To” vs “Martyr For”

This book specifies the difference as: martyr for something: smb. who is made to suffer severely for a cause martyr to something: smb. who is acutely inflicted by something Oxford ...
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What is a “local preposition”?

I bought a sweater for myself. I don't have any money with me. My books tell me that I cannot use a reflexive pronoun in #2 because the preposition in that sentence has "a purely local meaning." ...
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Is it correct to write “He takes part in a project”?

I searched for an answer at this site, but didn't find it. Is it correct to write "He takes part in a project"? Is "takes part in" correct in the aforementioned sentence? Or should other preposition ...
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Verb + Preposition - use of from

I have a cylinder and a nail. If an instruction says 'the nail is inserted from the top' what is the correct meaning? Does the verb refer to the cylinder or the nail?
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Data of similar characteristics vs. Data with similar characteristics

I have the following sentence that I don't know which preposition is the correct one. Diversification implies a trade-off between selecting data of relevance to user intent and diversifying data ...
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Which preposition to use when referring to computer environments

The computer software can have versions targeting different hardware and operation systems. For example, the same game can be run on PC, Xbox and Mac. My question is - when describing the release of ...
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Which is better, “on” or “in” + place?

I am sometimes confused the usage of prepositions. I say, "It happened in the bathroom." Native speakers of English would say, "It happened on the bathroom." Is one, both, or none correct? What ...
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Reservation “under the name”, “in the name”, or “by the name” of Ms. X

Which idiom of "by the name", "under the name", and "in the name" is appropriate for reservations? e.g. There's a reservation by the name of Cullen... She made the reservation in the name of Jordan ...
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“Facility for speaking” vs. “facility to speak”

Which one would you use: I lost my facility to speak. I lost my facility for speaking. Or does either work?