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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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 following 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 ...
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Experience/Experienced: “With” or “In”?

Very simple question this time around, folks! (Have) experience or (be) experienced both generally create a connotation of living through something and/or learning about it. The big question is which ...
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“5 min after” vs. “at 5 min after”

I read the following sentence in Nature: The second test of cocaine seeking was a cue-induced reinstatement test conducted 5 min after the last of the extinction sessions. Would it be correct ...
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Preposition “over” vs Adverb “over”

annual growth of [over 7 percent] What do you think the part of "over" is? Is "over" considered the preposition of the object "7 percent"? over [7 percent] Or, is "over" considered ...
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Use of prepositions in and for with Present Perfect tense

I would be thankful if any native could tell me whether the following sentence is correct - I am learning the language -. I haven't spoken to my sister for / in a few days. Are for and in both ...
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Is “I like dogs but cats” a valid sentence?

Is "I like dogs but cats" a valid sentence? This question comes from a debate with my friend. She says this sentence must be valid and gives an example of the Visual Studio string: "Close all but ...
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Usage of the phrase “type of”

I'm creating a worksheet for my students, and one of the questions asks them to identify which expression from three given expressions is correct. I am not sure how to pose the question, but I think ...
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Can we use the preposition “for” in this manner?

Is it possible to use the preposition "for" with the perfect infinitive? Like so: It must really be hot in here for her to have taken so many clothes off. It must really be a serious matter for him ...
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Is it acceptable to start a sentence with the preposition 'except' rather than 'except for'?

The sentence Except the buildings built towards the end of his life, the buildings erected in Istanbul can be assumed to be his. was recently used in a question here. I edited to replace ...
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prepositions “in” and “at” with school subjects

I came across a phrase: "My brother is first in Maths" Is it possible to say "he is first at Maths" instead of "he is first in Maths"? I thought that I should say "at" when I speak about somebody's ...
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How to say that I am eating above something?

In my country we are used to saying I am eating above/over something. Example: you are eating pizza at your desk where is a keyboard. You have it in your hand so it is not on the keyboard, but ...
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Questions about present perfect continuous and 'let' [closed]

I am working in this company from the beginning. vs. I have been working in this company since the beginning. Which one is correct? He let her daughter listen the music. Is ...
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“Made of” vs. “Made with”

What do they mean? How should I use them? Which one is more appropriate to what context? I was talking to a colleague of mine and we couldn't get to a consensus about what should we say when ...
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Do you live on a farm?

This looks like a duplicate but it's not. Here is the 2013 question: In farms or on farms? The OP only wanted to know which sentence was grammatically correct. They live the quiet life on ...
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“sparse on details” idiom

Is this an idiom? When you say a study is "sparse on details" could you not just as well say "sparse with details" or "sparse for details"—they all make just as much sense to me. I'm trying to ...
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What preposition should I use in the following sentence?

I'd never taken a glass-bottom boat. To be honest, the idea intimidated me at the beginning. What if the glass couldn't support the passenger's weight? What if a shark swooped [...] and broke ...
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demanded by or demanded for

I doubt about the correct preposition here. Which sentence should I use if it is the engineers themselves who are clamouring for the equipment? This instrument is highly demanded for engineers ...