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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“Indispensible for” vs, “indispensible to”

What is the difference between "indispensible to" and "indispensible for"? Likewise, between "it is important to me" and "it is important for me", which one is correct?
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“Two parts to it” versus “two parts of it”

What's the difference between “there are two parts of it” and “there are two parts to it”? My student asked me this question and I'm not quite sure what the correct answer is. Any advice would be ...
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“Outside of X” vs “outside X” [duplicate]

I've noticed more and more that when referring to a country or place the use of 'of' is increasing. For example: Outside of France, it's unusual to meet a Johnny Halliday fan. Why use of here? ...
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How the verb becomes a gerund after “to”, e.g. “committed to helping you” [duplicate]

When we say I am looking forward to seeing you. instead of I am looking forward to see you. is the word "to" a preposition, attached to the verb as one word?
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ON or AT the surface of the shell? [closed]

On the wall, at the table but how to say ON or AT the surface of the shell?
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“Tax on” vs. “tax over”

Does one pay tax on income or pay tax over income? I come across both regularly. On seems to be preferred usage, but I'd like to know which is most correct or formal and why.
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Can a kangaroo jump higher than/above the building?

A building cannot jump. We generally use "higher" to campare with something that can jump. But, can we use "higher" in this context? It comes from the following joke - Q. Can a kangaroo jump higher ...
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“Knowledgeable about” vs. “knowledgeable on” vs. “knowledgeable in”

When should I use each of the collocations "knowledgeable about", "knowledgeable on", and "knowledgeable in"?
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Why must the infinitive be used after “I am qualified to”?

I am not able to understand why the infinitive must be used after "I am qualified to". For example I am qualified to teach. Does not to play the role of preposition in this sentence? If the ...
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Preposition and tense-Homework

In today's exam, I had few grammar questions. I am doubtful in two questions. Please check my answers and correct the mistakes, if any. 1.Fill with suitable prepositions. There lived _ _ _ _ _ a ...
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'of' or 'by' or 'from'

I have a sentence that contains the phrase We support products of different manufacturers [...] Is the use of 'of' correct there? A coworker said I should use 'by' and I also can think of 'from' as ...
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The use of “for” with the verb “to crave”

My gut feeling tells me one says "I crave chocolate" and not "I crave for chocolate". This was confirmed for example at this forum discussion. However, google also showed me the sentence "I crave for ...
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Why “on the books”, not “in the books”

On the books means "part of the law". These changes would add little to the civil rights laws now on the books. I know the meaning of this idiom, and idioms are used as they are, but idioms ...
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When you have a sentence containing a list separated by commas, do you need to repeat the verb before a preposition?

I.E. Which of these is correct? A. You are cool, funny, and among the most popular of students at this school. B. You are cool, funny, and are among the most popular of students at this school. ...
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In June–July 1967? Between June–July 1967?

Which is correct and which is not? In June--July 1967, there were... Between June--July 1967, there were... Between June and July 1967, there were... If I want to use "June--July 1967", how can I ...
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“My aunt is coming to dinner tomorrow” (grammar of 'to dinner')

My aunt is coming to dinner tomorrow. The meaning is clear. However, if you think about it, what this seems to literally say is that the aunt is going directly to some dinner (and not even an ...
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What does this usage of “with” mean? [closed]

I'm sorry for asking what will be such a simple question but I'm not sure exactly how With is used in sentences where that's the first word. Is that what it took to fall in love with someone? ...
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When do you leave out the preposition in a relative clause?

A non-fiction titled "Do the Right Thing" published in 1998 has this sentence: (1) Am I treating this stranger with the same consideration that I would a friend? Another book (fiction) titled ...
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What is the correct usage of the word “Contra”?

According to multiple sources (1 and 2), the word "contra" can be employed as either a preposition or an adverb. From my perspective, however, there is a dearth of clear examples featuring this word ...
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“Habitat selection in/of birds”, “concept in/of statistics”, “theme in/of evolution”

It seems to me that in and of work equally well in sentences such as these: Habitat selection in birds is frequently studied. Habitat selection of birds is frequently studied. ...
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Document “from” or “of” year 1988

If I refer to a document that was written in 1988, which is correct? The document of 1988 mentions the birth of a legend. or The document from 1988 mentions the birth of a legend.
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Prepositions: “The confusing widgets of language”

The title is adapted from an article in THE WEEK, written by James Harbeck. Well worth reading if you ask me. I don't particularly like prepositions. They are small, seemingly insignificant things ...
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Are any of these terms correct? “Known with” or “known by”

Suppose a famous building, i.e. a stadium, a concert hall, etc., known as a landmark in a place, being sponsored by a company, such that people may happen to use the company name instead of the ...
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Is this usage of 'of which' correct?

I'm working on an employee manual and I came across this one: "Our team philosophy is to become the best of which we are capable." Is this a correct sentence? The point it's trying to get across is ...
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Are prepositions a part of grammar or vocabulary?

If I you fill in the blanks with prepositions, is it a grammar exercise or a vocabulary exercise, e.g. He was here ______ the morning.
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What is the right preposition after “skeptical”?

Which preposition is suitable to follow skeptical?
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What preposition is the proper one to follow the noun “hatred”?

What is the proper preposition to follow the noun hatred? Do we have a hatred for Buddhism? Do we have a hatred of Buddhism? Do we have a hatred against Buddhism? These are all just examples. ...
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What is the appropriate preposition for “mailing list”?

I am trying to write a motivation letter and in this sentence I am not sure which preposition is appropriate for "mailing list". Would you please help me? To clarify the case, I am subscribed to a ...
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Can “unto” be used instead of “onto” in American English?

Is there a difference in how the preposition "onto" is used in British and American English? I always understood it to match the following dictionary definition I found online, and was not aware of ...
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Floating in/on atmosphere?

Which of the following two are correct? Melodies floating in relaxing atmosphere. Melodies floating on relaxing atmosphere. My gut feeling says that it should be 1, but I am just a bit confused. ...
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Meaning of “by” when used with dates - inclusive or exclusive [duplicate]

If, in a contract fr example, the text reads: "X has to finish the work by MM-DD-YYYY", does the "by" include the date or exclude it? In other words, will the work delivered on the specified date ...
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Can the word “proxy” be used as a preposition?

At the end of a sentence, I want to insert the following (parentheses included): (proxy my parents, of course). E.g., I sent my brother to his room (proxy my parents, of course). But this ...
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“I'm sorry for” vs. “I'm sorry about”

Can I use about and for interchangeably? If not, when should I use either? Which is more common? I'm sorry for/about yesterday. I'm sorry for/about my bad English. I'm sorry for/about that. ...
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“in” versus “of”

I hope that both forms shown below are correct. What is the difference between them and which one seems more natural? the initial and final element in the expression/clause the initial and ...
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Should I use 'by' preposition of time in past/future perfect tenses only?

In which tenses can I use 'by' as a preposition of time? My teacher told me you are allowed to use this preposition in past perfect or future perfect tenses only, but I ran into a lot of sentences on ...
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Omission of 'for' with various quantified time intervals: influence of verb

I came across these two examples, given to illustrate 'a case' where the inclusion of the preposition for is considered optional in the paper "Acquisition of Preposition Deletion by Non-native ...
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“New York is a great place to live.” (no preposition?)

New York is a great place to live. New York is a great place to live in. I've seen the former usage a lot and I've started wondering what the grammar aspects of it are. The main question ...
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What can be “in” a mountain?

I come from a language that heavily uses in as a preposition, so I often overuse it in English. I am trying to differentiate between things that can be in a mountain vs. things that can only be on a ...
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“In” + gerund: “Pip joins the procession in carrying the casket”

Pip joins the funeral procession, planned out by Mr. Trabb, the tailor, in carrying Mrs. Joe’s casket through town. Is this sentence grammatically correct? One of my teachers proofread my work, ...
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Using “of” twice in a sentence

Is it correct to use of twice in the following sentence? The problem of absence of remote facilities is addressed in the article... What is the best way of writing this sentence?
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Use of 'not' in questions

When is it okay to use 'not' when posing a question? I believe that the person asking would include the 'not 'when he believes the implied to be true. For example: "Are you going to the store? "Are ...
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“In my career as” — is “as” correct here?

I have this fragment: ... the experience and knowledge gained will be helpful in my career as a neuropathologist. Is the "as" here okay? It somehow does not sound right to me. Obviously I want ...
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Is it “on behalf of” or “in behalf of”?

I often hear folks say in behalf of instead of on behalf of, which sets my teeth on edge. Which preposition is correct here, in or on?
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“Share me” or “Share with me”?

I heard people saying: Can you please share me the slides? or Can you share me the note, etc.? I think it should be: Can you please share the slides with me? or Can you share ...
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The expression 'not that bad of a'

In an essay, a friend used the expression: It wasn't that bad of an idea. I think that it would be preferable to write It wasn't that bad an idea However, I can't explain why.
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Near, near to and nearby. What's the difference?

Why isn't near, near to and nearby always interchangeable? They can precede the noun. I live nearby the railway station I live near the railway station I live near to the railway station ...
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“They have been replaced by…” or “They have been replaced with…”

We replace something old with something new. The Mayor has replaced all the old school buses with new ones. When the sentence is written in the passive voice, "by" is used. All the ...
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“Gassy emissions from these giant dinosaurs” vs. “… by these giant dinosaurs”

Reading a science article on Huffington Post, titled "Dinosaur Farts, Prehistoric Climate Change Linked In New Methane Gas Study", I came across the following sentence: The gassy emissions from ...
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Is it recommended to include a preposition when listing several components of a sentence in parallel?

Consider the sample sentence below (quoted from a manual Here): When you evaluate a list, the Lisp interpreter looks at the first symbol in the list and then at the function definition bound to ...
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Meaning of “up” and “off” in “I live up north off some_region”

I am only familiar with sentences like I live in New York I live on the north side of New York I guess I live up north off some_region. means the place I live in is a little bit ...