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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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 ...
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Is it “Most of the reading was done” or “Most of the reading were done”?

I wrote a blog post, which has the below sentence. I owned a few paperback books, but most of the reading was done on my 15.6-inch laptop screen. Grammarly extension pointed out an error with ...
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Why do adjectives such as; ‘proud’, ‘aware’, ‘capable’, and ‘afraid’ collocate with the preposition 'OF'? [closed]

The preposition of is used in all the following: be proud of; be aware of; be afraid of; be fond of; be capable of; be jealous of; be envious of, etc. I know it might sound ridiculous, but I have ...
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Omitting articles in nouns - prepositions; after; to; before; from

Why is the indefinite article omitted here? Could it be the definite article, but omitted? Like in the following case in an instruction: Grasp drumstick. Place knife between thigh and body; cut ...
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Subscribe for vs subscribe to updates [closed]

What form is correct or more suitable regarding website updates?
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Stake a claim in / on / to?

Which preposition should I use with the idiom "stake a claim"? I thought it was "in," but apparently "on" also exists and some online dictionaries have "to" too. For example: Many homesteaders ...
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He makes a right turn to the corner vs. He makes a right turn at the corner

I wonder what's the difference between "make a right turn to the corner" and "make a right turn at the corner." My teachers could hardly explain why the former one is wrong, and I only ...
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Burden TO or ON some one/thing?

I'm struggling with the word "burden" used in a phrase: whether it should be followed by the word "on" or "to." It might be obvious to some of you, but I am not a native speaker. Or maybe there is ...
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“Find in page” vs “find on page”

I'd like to find some thoughts and opinions related to this question. First of all, I noticed that there are two forms used in Web browsers' menus: MS Internet Explorer uses "Find on page" meanwhile ...
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Use of “ante” to refer to previous pages in an English text

At work I have seen "ante" being used for referring to previous pages of notes written by staff. For instance, when one has to refer to something on previous note, he/she would write, "Refer ...
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On/At/In someone's suggestion?

What, and why, is the right choice in these cases? (*) my supervisor's suggestion, I changed my schedule. Should (*) be: in, on, at, under,....?
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Meaning of “Students in all majors” versus “Students of all majors”

I would like to know the difference between these sentences: I want to send an email to students of all majors I want to send an email to students in all majors How did of/in change the meaning of ...
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similar between or similar for?

For a research project I have a question about the correctness of the following phrases The mean activities were similar between group A and group B. The study demonstrated similarity in terms of ...
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What’s the difference between “by its” and “for its”? [closed]

I can't see the difference in meaning in the phrase below. Both are correct? Cambridge is famous by its university. Cambridge is famous for its university. I found this phrase in a book ...
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In British English, do you say “in high tide” or “at high tide”?

In American English you would say, for example, "At high tide the water level would be here." Is it different in British English? I'm reading a document that says, "In high tide the water level would ...
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Semantics of 'the extent which' vs 'the extent TO which'

'the extent which'    vs    2. 'the extent to which' : 3. Semantically, how do these compare? I know that to is a preposition and so a Functional Morpheme, but does 'to' affect anything ...
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Adjective+preposition+me [duplicate]

When do we use "to me" or "for me" after an adjective? For example, we say "My family is important to me." Why not "important for me"? Adjectives like exciting, interesting, tiring, boring, etc. use ...
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Good + preposition

What grammar rules apply to the uses of "good at", "good with", and "good in"? I know that the sentence "She is good at speaking English" is correct. But is it correct to say "She is good in English"...
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When do I need to have a preposition before whether?

I often see prepositions that come before whether and I feel that most of the time these prepositions are unnecessary. I'm confused as to whether a preposition is required before whether. I ...
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Is it “in” or “on the holidays”?

I'm unsure about the correct preposition of time regarding two sentences. This is the fist sentence in question: I'll call her ... the holidays. Possible solutions are at/in/on. I already ...
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Complement of “attentive” in the sense of “vigilant”

In several dictionaries I have found that "attentive" can mean either "paying attention", "observant", "vigilant", etc, or "courteous", "considerate (about)", "careful to fulfil the needs (of)". With ...
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Which are the correct prepositions before the word “year” in the following phrase?

In the phrase, "on Saturday the twenty-third day of April in the year two thousand and sixteen" Is it more correct to say "in the year two thousand and sixteen" or "in the year of two thousand ...
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What are the proper prepositions in a long-form wedding invitation?

I am seeking advice on the correct use of prepositions in my wedding invitation. I am writing my wedding invitation very formally in long-form, with all prepositions and nouns that are ordinarily ...
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“On” and “Off” for Lights, Electrical Switches, etc

Simple question: Why were the prepositions "on" and "off" used for things like "The lights are on" and "The computer is off", and when did these words gain their new usage? I'm guessing back in the ...
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Using “across” after preposition “to”?

English is not my first language, and I often lose my confidence when I use across in my sentence. Could you please give me an advice on the sentence that I have written below? Health education ...
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Can I substitute 'to' for 'for' here in order to not repeat 'for' twice [closed]

I'm trying to rewrite this sentence, can someone suggest a grammatically correct (and better) sentence: I was not prepared for his calm enthusiasm for my question. I'm thinking something like: ...
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Use of Confident at? [closed]

Is it okay to use "Confident at"? For example, I have written in my CV under Skills & Abilities section: Confident at delivering presentations
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How common is the use of 'although' as a preposition rather than a conjunction?

Conceding a point can be expressed by means of – an adverb (however, nevertheless, etc); – a preposition + the point in noun form (despite this, in spite of this, despite the fact that, etc); ...
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'In' and 'among' of the title of a manuscript, which is appropriate?

I'm writing a manuscript for a medical journal, but I have trouble giving a title of it. The article looks into the effect (severe perineal injury) of episiotomy (a procedure done when delivering a ...
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Is it okay to say, “I would rather eat it than look at it”?

I know "than" can be both preposition and conjunction and in this case it seems to serve as a conjunction. But the sentence doesn't look right and I think the right sentence would be, I would ...
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What is the difference between “look into” and “look at” when used in figurative meaning? [closed]

Thank you for sending me the introduction of your company. We will "look into"/"look at" it later. What is the difference between "look into" and "look at" when used with a figurative meaning in ...
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Trouble with prepositions [closed]

I want to write the sentence "start date of the period being aggregated over" However, I know one is not supposed to end a sentence in a preposition. I can't think of a good alternative to this ...
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“the proposal for” or “the proposal of” [closed]

I need to prepare the title of a document. I am not sure whether it should sound like this: "The proposal for implementation of a new architecture" or "The proposal of implementation of a new ...
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“Feel bad about someone” versus “feel bad for someone”

Does the sentence "I feel bad about you" have the same meaning as "I feel bad for you"?
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Verb “escape”: with or without preposition? [closed]

I have already seen the verb "escape" with preposition ("from") and without. Is one of the uses the correct?
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'Go to sleep' vs 'Go and sleep'?

I just had a linguistics test (it's called UKLO) that measures you're ability to problem solve and translate languages you know nothing about. For one of my translation answers I wrote 'Don't go and ...
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accused of a sin for a behaviour

The appropriate preposition for the verb 'accuse' is 'of'. However, sometimes the verb accuse has three objects: when we accuse a person of a crime/sin/inappropriate behavior because something he has ...
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An exercise of in, on and at (time), Oxford Practice Grammar 2nd unit 120

The exercise is as follows. We're leaving ___ half past, and you haven't even changed. My answer is in. However, the reference answer is at. The sentence seems that we are about to leave in 30 ...
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In/after hours. What preposition to use? [duplicate]

In/after 3 hours I will go to work. I will have to go to work after 3 hours from now.
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Use of preposition 'for'

Is the usage of the word 'for' correct in the following sentence: I am on preplanned leave for tomorrow.
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“Click on the x button” vs “Click the x button” vs “Click x button” [closed]

Which is more grammatically correct? "Click on the x button" "Click the x button" "Click x button"
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Difference between “experiment on” and “experiment with"

I have two sentences: We experiment on both cases. We experiment with both cases. The different preposition will change the meaning. But it's difficult to find such nuances in a dictionary. What ...
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Attend the lectures on some language [closed]

I am writing something and I was curious, because I am not sure about the use of the preposition "on" in the following context. "I attended lectures on the Portuguese language for two semesters at ...
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institutionalized + preposition?

I'm writing an essay on Reconstruction for English and stumbled into this problem. "the South had been heavily institutionalized ___ slavery" What would the correct preposition be in the blank? Into ...
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Which preposition is best: Efficacy of a model in predicting or efficacy of a model for predicting?

I'd like to use this phrase in a sentence, but I'm not sure whether 'in' or 'for' is more appropriate: Efficacy of a model in predicting Efficacy of a model for predicting Example: what is the ...
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“10 years in” vs. “In 10 years”

I read a headline: "10 years in, something happens". Is that grammatically correct or incorrect to give that headline? Any difference with "In 10 years, something happens"?
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Set something (a setting, variable, piece of configuration) to/at/for a specific value - programming and IT

During a code review, I noticed a phrasing in an error message that made me scratch my head a little. The message was something akin to: The value is set for {} where {} is a place-holder for a ...