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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Usage of the preposition 'in' two times in a row?

The sentence: "This means that if you are in any way different, you could possibly find yourself in a column in a newspaper" I am not sure whether it is correct to have 'in' two times in a row, maybe ...
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Field of study and thesis

Is there any proper way to say what field of study of an engineering thesis is? In Polish I can say: Praca Dyplomowa Inżynierska na kierunku Informatyka. And it's often put on the front page as ...
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successfully delivered vs delivered successfully? [duplicate]

I have sent a test email again and the email got successfully delivered. I have sent a test email again and the email got delivered successfully. In the above sentence which one is correct and how?
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What is the differance? [closed]

I just fell it is hard to know what it should be (From or Since) e.g: I am not suprised that you didnot eat anything (from-since)the morning.
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on your desk or at your desk?

Please clarify the usage of right preposition on or at. For example: That paper is on your desk. or That paper is at your desk.
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“Guide for” or “guide of” [closed]

I am struggling with the correct preposition going after guide. Which sentence is correct? "that dog served as a guide for blind people" or "that dog served as a guide of blind people".
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At/in/within any time range

Which of the following should I say At any time range, report A has a higher total than report B. In any time range, report A has a higher total than report B. Within any time range, ...
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“In the news” or “on the news”

I found this question in a textbook: Q: The company's stock tumbled _____ the news that it would have to recall over 30,000 tires that were produced in 2004. A: in B: for C: on Should ...
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“Haven't used a fork in a week” or “haven't used a fork for a week”? [duplicate]

What's the correct/more common version of the two?
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Does one “wince in pain” or “wince with pain”?

I have seen both in common use and I want to know which is more preferable.
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“Within the past year” vs. “In the past year”

I'm having an argument with a co-worker about phrasing. We have a document that makes reference to someone having experience working "in the past year", and later it states "must have experience ...
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Is there any scenario where one would use 'in the server' rather than 'on the server'?

My sentence is 'The user should be created on the server.' OR 'The user should be created in the server.' I usually use 'on' in all cases but I am wondering if the act of creation is better described ...
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“A government of the people, by the people, for the people”

From a famous speech: A government of the people, by the people, for the people I believe the last part is clear (for the people). But what is the difference— in meaning— between of the people (...
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Except on vs. Except for (Mondays)

I guess this might have been asked before, but I want to know which is correct in the following context. I'm sorry that my English might not be as good as yours, I'm not a native English speaker and ...
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Should I use “for” in this case? [closed]

Which sentence below is correct? Or, are they both wrong? a) I hope the sign means for a good news, not a bad one. b) I hope the sign means for a good news, not for a bad one.
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“I have been to France.” vs. “I have been in France.” [duplicate]

Do we use "to" or "in" when talking about being to/in another location?
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At a shop or in a shop?

Which one is correct and what's the difference?: I was in a shop yesterday. I was at a shop yesterday.
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Adjunct phrase in a sentence with compound verbs

In a sentence with compound verbs, such as "Roll twice and use the better result for both roles.", does the phrase 'for both roles' apply to the whole sentence, or only to the second verb? Would the ...
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Is “say to X” grammatically correct but not colloquial? [closed]

So I'm living in South Korea and nearly everyone who is conversational in English says "say to X" instead of "tell X." For some reason, they avoid using "tell X" or "told X" and they stick to "say to ...
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“On launch” vs “at launch”

I've had a disagreement with a friend over the use of 'on' concerning the the launch of a certain product. He insists it should be 'at launch' while I believe either 'on launch' or 'at launch' is fine....
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“in Starbucks at the mall” OR “at Starbucks in the mall” [duplicate]

Which one is correct in terms of the combination of two locations. You work in Starbucks at the mall You work at Starbucks in the mall You work in Starbucks in the mall You work at ...
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“Meet” a friend or “meet with” a friend?

Is there any difference in usage? Meet a friend or meet with a friend. I'm meeting my friend today. I sometimes meet with my friends.
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Omission of “being” after prepositions

I've heard from somewhere in this website that being can be deleted after almost every preposition... which aroused many questions as to the usage of being for me. Today, I encountered this sentence: ...
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“Forbidden” / “permitted” directly followed by object

Is it correct to say "He is forbidden wine" or "Wine is forbidden him"? Most often these would be expressed as "He is forbidden to drink wine" or "Wine is forbidden to him," but I occasionally see the ...
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“Joy crept into his face” vs. “Joy crept onto his face” [closed]

Please see the sentence: When he saw his grade, joy crept into/onto his face. At first glance, it seems like both could be correct, but they are not exactly synonymous. In what situation should ...
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‘For’ at the beginning of a sentence [duplicate]

I'm reading books in English and sometimes I see sentences like these: For are we not just at that point in the model where the slope will increase exponentially? What is the meaning of for in ...
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Work “at” or “in” a firm? [duplicate]

.. entry into ... to develop a long-term career in the firm. ... position at ABC Ltd... and develop a long-term audit and assurance career in the firm. Is either of these sentences wrong? I ...
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Prepositions related to the Internet and computers

I am not a native speaker and prepositions are the part of speech that troubles me more. Checking different posts from the site I've learnt that you say: On the Internet / On a website In an email ...
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preposition with.. 'care' for/about

Which one should I use? I care for/about you. He does not care for/about his health. And what exactly is the difference between the two while using them?
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Born to do something or born for doing something / Made for doing something or to do something

I was wondering if there is a difference between these 2 possibilities. In different songs I've heard: 'I was born for loving you', or 'Born to be wild', but I don't get if there's a real ...
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“A man with pride” vs. “a man of pride”

Is there any difference between "a man with pride" and "a man of pride"? Which one has the meaning closer to "a man who has pride"?
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“I'm all about that bass”

My question is all about the perceived formality of using about in the sentences like I'm all about that bass. How (in)formal is using about like this? OED has this definition for this usage: to ...
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The expression “It is one thing to … , but another to …”

I’ve just used this expression in the sentences below, and I wonder if the use of it can be somewhat misleading. More specifically, I’m talking about the “to” preceding “fully appreciate”. I’ve used ...
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Should it be “… hung it in a tree.” or “… hung it on a tree.”?

Should it be "... hung it in a tree." or "... hung it on a tree."? The context is: A person hangs a collop in (on?) a tree.
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What does this “it” refer to?

Furthermore, Gilbert’s vibrant description of Naples’s pizza makes it sound unique and delicious. Does the "it" in the sentence above refer to the description or the pizza? Would it be better to ...
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What is the right way to say “has recovered to within a threshold”?

Let's take the following sentence: X has recovered to within the maximum threshold of Y. What's really the right way to say this? Some ideas that come to mind are: to within the maximum ...
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Cracking your head to find OR Cracking your head over?

Which is the right way to say it? Got caught in a disagreement over this blog title. Example usage: Cracking your head to find the perfect Christmas gifts? Vs Cracking your head over the ...
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“for”as a preposition sometimes can be interchangeable with “because of”?

He deserves better academic environment for his dedication. First of all, is it correct to use "for" here in place of "because of" to indicate the reason? Also, are there any cases that "because of"...
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“You can pick up the keys on/at the reception desk”

You can pick up the keys (on/at) the reception desk. The website where I'm learning English says it's at. But is it OK to use on here?
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Knocking 'at' vs. Knocking 'on' [closed]

Which is more natural and why: 'knocking on the door' or 'knocking at the door'? And which is grammatically correct?
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Use of preposition and prepositional adverb

I know that prepositions are not supposed to end a sentence; however, I have also read that some prepositions function as adverbs as seen in "come inside" and "run around". My question concerns an ...
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“Satisfied with” vs. “satisfied by” vs. “satisfied in”

He was satisfied with his test result. He was satisfied by his test result. He ws satisfied in his test result. Is there any difference between these?
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Prepositional Phrase with title

Since the prepositional phrase at the beginning of this sentence is more than five words, does it need this comma? Or can the comma be omitted? In “I’m Off to See Her,” I attempt to bring up the ...
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When is it right to use 'to' and 'through'? [closed]

What's the right way to say the sentence: I counted from one to ten. or I counted from one through ten. When are the respective prepositions used?
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Is it raining in/at/on Stephen's Green?

There is a park in Dublin called St Stephen's Green. Which prepositions of place would you use (and what context would you use them in) in the sentence "It's raining ... Stephen's Green"?
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Is “now” a “preposition”?

My question starts from this question which asks about difference between currently and right now, which is not that complicated. However, in the middle of exchanging comments, I found a few points ...
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What is the difference: in 10 minutes' time, in 10 minutes, after 10 minutes [duplicate]

For example, current time is 10:10. then when will the train leave? The train will leave in 10 minutes. The train will leave in 10 minutes' time. The train will leave after 10 minutes. If the ...
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Is “the instant you left” correct?

Given this sentence: Frankly, I was deeply offended the instant you left me. This web page covers the sentence the instant I heard it which is grammatically similar to the above sentence, ...
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“Twice in” ? can preposition be used after twice?

Which is the correct sentence: He goes to museum twice a week He goes to museum twice in a week
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Out or out of which is it? [duplicate]

Which is correct 1 Get out the house. Or 2 Get out of the house? I've heard that the American English standard is the first one and the British English standard is the second one. Is that true? The ...