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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How would one specify that Noun 2 in “[Prepositional phrase] [Noun 1] and [Noun 2]” is not an object of the prepositional phrase?

I will give an example of this problem. In fact, this example is the reason why I am asking! I am blending a quote taken from a book into an assignment on which I am currently working. (Don't worry, I ...
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Proper preposition in 'Are you busy coming week?'

When I make a sentence: Are you busy coming week? which preposition should I put between busy and coming week?
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Repeating (or not) “to” after certain verbs

I googled it but I couldn't find the answer... maybe I didn't seek it in the proper way. My question is if "to" must be repeated in sentences such as the following ones: In the past, women ...
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“Human feelings are quite complex than of animals” - What should I put after “than”?

I want to write something meaning "humans have more complicated feelings than animals have." I wrote the following but I am not sure if "of" is the correct choice or not. Nevertheless, human ...
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Which preposition to use with “unbecoming”?

It is easy when you say something becomes or unbecomes someone. In this case, no preposition is needed. It is another story when the verb turns into the adjective “(un)becoming”. I would like to ...
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What is the word that functions as an object in a string of prepositions?

I noticed someone asking about using three prepositions in a row. I have a question related to this, but I can't post it as a comment to the same post (not enough reputations :-(). In examples like: ...
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Using 'at' with 'where'

A recent question asked about the impropriety of "Where's it at?" The question started me thinking about when at is allowed with where. My first thought was that ne'er the two should meet: at is ...
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Does a contraction allow for the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence?

Does a contraction allow for the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence? Take the following sentence, for example: Where is it at (not correct grammar) and Where's it at? (unknown) You ...
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“Recommend me” vs. “Recommend to me” [duplicate]

In conversation, I hear people say: "Please recommend me a book." Or: "Recommend me a book, please." They omit "to," as in: "Please recommend to me a book." Or variations thereof, ...
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“On a (…) scale” or “at a (…) scale”?

First of all, a core sample is a small piece of rock obtained from the subsurface. The reservoir in this question refers to an oil reservoir. So here's the question. Is the following statement ...
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Is “At which he was really shocked” grammatical?

Last month Qziz was told that he had been laid off. At which he was really shocked Is the second sentence grammatical? Is the preposition at used appropriately here, or should I use a different ...
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Relaxed approach in/at/towards solving

What is the difference between the following and are they correct? He took a relaxed approach in solving the problem. He took a relaxed approach at solving the problem. He took a relaxed approach ...
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“I read the news on twitter that you asked me to” or “I read the news that you asked me to on twitter”

Is this sentence of mine grammatically correct? I read the news on twitter that you asked me to. or is it supposed to be: I read the news that you asked me to on twitter. I believe both ...
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“At the low level” vs “On the low level”

I wanted to say that a particular essay written by a student has a poor structure. So, I wrote "On the low level, your structure can be improved." But my PhD supervisor told me it should be "At the ...
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“But from” or “But rather from”?

Which one is more grammatically correct? But from or But rather from? I don't quite understand which one should be used. And I seriously doubt that the second one can be used at all. It didn't ...
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Is the “of” in “a lot of” a preposition?

Is "of" in "a lot of time" a preposition? I am working on a task about the identification of prepositions and their objects. I am not sure about "a lot of", and for some reason it seems unbreakable.
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In/at/about your company I like

I'd like to apply for a job at a company I haven't worked yet. Which is the correct preposition? At your company ____ I appreciate(/like) your high standard of quality, your effort to provide ...
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Which is right: “on Manhattan” or “in Manhattan”? [duplicate]

I want to meet some persons in Manhattan but I'm not sure how to message them about it. I'll meet you on Manhattan. (OR) I'll meet you in Manhattan.
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Prepositions and linking

I have stumbled upon a sentence while reading a book. While these self-defeating, stress producing patterns take their toll on your health and on your closest relationships, they maintain a firm grip ...
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Difference between “in” and “of” when used with the complement 'the department'

I used the following two expressions: in: students in the department of: students of the department What is the difference, if any, between them?
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Stranding of preposition in questions

I know that in sentences such as the following one, "from" is to be put at the end of the question: Where are you from? Does this rule apply also to the next one: Which movie is this scene ...
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“To live in” vs. “To live”

It is a question that follows up on the one posted today: "My hometown is a good place to live in." "My hometown is a good place to live." "Live" is usually used as an intransitive verb ...
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Should I use “awe of” or “awe at”?

The full sentence is: I express unqualified awe at Nathaniel.
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Explaining “despite” as a preposition

My question is provoked by a desire to better explain to my students grammatical conventions regarding "despite." I am finding that my own explanatory resources come up short in this regard. ...
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Preposition after conclude

If the police conclude that the person died by accident, should I say 'The police concluded in an accident' ? To me, this sounds like they finish the story by having an accident.
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Do I lose the subject of the sentence by adding a preposition?

The following second sentence, continues the first, but I wonder whether using the word in causes the second sentence to no longer have a subject, or does it remain from the prior sentence by way of ...
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How to use “have an impact”?

I was wondering whether saying "have an impact" instead of "have an impact on" is idiomatically correct. "He aspired to have an impact through education and hard work."
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Is the preposition “of” ever OK after numbers and units of measurement? [closed]

Would it be correct to say "5 billion cubic meters OF natural gas". Is the preposition "of" ever OK after numbers and units of measurement?
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What is the difference between “in this year” and “this year”?

Travis , Tammy, and Shane, from Composition 115, spring semester, were sitting together on a leather bench in the sleekly lit lobby of my apartment building. The three of them had attended the same ...
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What are the differences between “come on down” and “come down”?

"I answered the phone in my apartment and heard the sloping drawl of one of my students , Travis." Miss Diana, " he said, "Could you come on down the stairs a minute?" It was early May on the ...
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Connecting “with” or “to”

I read the answers to similar questions, but I need to be sure. I chose the sentence: "Connecting solutions with people" on my business card and want to be sure it's not suppose to be "Connecting ...
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“Being used in a disease” vs “being used on a disease”

The treatment didn’t work, because it was being used in/on a disease that wasn’t a disease. A native English speaker told me on was the correct choice. But Google Books returns 0 results for ...
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“Of” used to used for saying which specific thing belonging to a more general type you are referring to

"Of" can be used to describe the relationship between two close things, one thing being kind of an explanatory element. And gerund is frequently used. For example: The idea of getting into the ...
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Is saying “He was well thought of” ending a sentence with a preposition? [duplicate]

If not, is there any other way to say this? (I'm looking for synonyms, not rewordings such as "Others thought well of him.")
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Being cheap with/ about?

I don't want to spend too much money on phones. May I say I am cheap with phones or I am cheap about phones I have come across a sentence that says I am cheap for certain things ...
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Proper use of a comma before a preposition

Experts, after some research, I am still unable to determine if the following is proper: I wanted to see if you could, as they say in the industry, give me a "sanity check" on what I have done. ...
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what is the preposition equivalent to “divided by” [duplicate]

"times" is the preposition equivalent to "multiplied by". what is the preposition equivalent to "divided by"?
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Gerund with and without “of” preposition

Could you please explain the difference between using of a gerund with and without "of" preposition? For example what is the difference between following sentences: I've worked on improving of ...
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“look forward to” vs. “do not look forward to”

Why the sentences "We look forward to < noun> ..." and "We do not look forward to < verb>..." are both correct ? A < noun> has to be used in the first and a < verb> has to be used in the ...
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Is it possible to use “demotivate” with something not related to studying or job?

The question is in the title. Actually, I need something of a synonym to "disencourage" and "demotivate" was the first word that came to my mind. Also, if it's possible to use "demotivate" with ...
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Grammatical usage of prepositions: before or after “not only …but also…”

Which one is more universal, before or after "not only...but also..."? I saw a sentence in an article: ...masters were responsible not only for teaching their apprentices a trade but also ...
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Dealing with “dealing with”. [closed]

I am writing an academic paper, and I don't know which of the two forms are more suitable and/or correct. "The question should be dealt with using different tools and methods." or "The question ...
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Opened many doors - “for me” or “to me”? [closed]

I'm trying to say that some event in my life has made many achievements in the future possible for me. Do I say it has opened many doors for me or it has opened many doors to me ? Thanks ...
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“mail we have sent you” or “mail we have sent to you”- which one is correct? [duplicate]

"the code that you sent us" or "the code that you sent to us": which one is correct? "mail we have sent you" or "mail we have sent to you"- which one is correct?
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Verb groups and phrasal verbs

Here's a quick one: In the (potential) verb phrase 'had competed for [gaining control]' (I know it's not very elegant) is 'competed for' a phrasal verb or does 'for' begin a prepositional group with ...
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is stranding prepositions incorrect? [duplicate]

I recently came across this issue. I searched online and found that a stranded preposition might be no longer treated as incorrect, but it's just a guess. Are you still taught not to end a sentence ...
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capacities to do or capacities in doing?

What is the best choice that can be used after "capacities": Do people have capacities to do (I think this is right), or capacities in doing (as a good friend of mine insists)? For example, ...
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Which preposition for “Are you new to/at/in school?”

I want to ask this question, but I'm not sure which preposition to use: Are you new to/at/in school? If a student asks this question to a new teacher, which preposition sound better?
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Is “away” an adverb in “He ran away”. Also, is it an Object?

Is 'away' the object of the verb 'ran' in: I ran away ... or is it an adverb modifying the verb 'ran'? It seems to be obligatory, which may indicate that it's a phrasal verb as ODO has a ...
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“Walk in” or “Walk into”? How to decide whether to use “in” or “into”? [duplicate]

"You can't just walk in/into the class without permission". What is the word to go by in this statement?