Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in".

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'Investigation of' or 'Investigation into'?

I have a phrase: Investigation of catalytic phase structure using SEM and TEM methods I always thought that "investigation of" is a correct way of saying it. But I am told that it is actually ...
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Keeping the same word-order in a sentence without changing the meaning?

In the first Venn diagram below, the two circles represent Freedom and Love, in that order. In the second diagram, they are the same Freedom and Love, but the label “Love without Freedom” puts each ...
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How to use “until now/so far” in the past tenses?

I know that "until now" indicates that something changed. No messages have come until now. Now the first message arrived. But what about using it in the past, for example in reported speech or ...
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“Permanent resident in/of America” [closed]

When conveying this on foreign soil, which of these is correct usage: Permanent Resident of America Permanent Resident in America
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Is “by the street” valid English?

Is "walking by the street" grammatical? Or do I need to write "in/on the street"? Do they convey a different meaning?
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Is it “on the browser” or “in the browser”?

As a native Spanish speaker, I often get confused by the correct usage of on and in. In the following examples, what would be the correct way of referring to the font size for characters used by a web ...
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preposition 'to' after verb 'talk' [closed]

I'm confused whether it is correct to use 'to' after 'talk' or not? Some examples would really be appreciated.
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When should I use 'sounds like, and when 'sounds as if'? [duplicate]

'It sounds as if Jack has found the perfect job'! 'It sounds like a violin, but I think its a viola'. Are these the correct forms? It was drummed into me at school over half a century ago that to ...
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“Staying at my aunt's place” or “staying with my aunt”?

Are both of these sentences correct? Is there any difference in meaning between them? "I'm staying with my aunt." or "I'm staying at my aunt's." What I mean is "remain at her place temporarily." ...
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“covered by” vs. “covered with”

I found this sentence in some book: Imagine a young child who already knows that creatures that live in water are fish, they have gills, and their skin is covered by scales. Saying “their skin ...
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To gain insight (on/into). Two examples [closed]

1) I gained insight __ working practices of such companies 2) I gained insight __ how a software project is done from scratch
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“Change in scope” versus “Change of scope” versus “Change to (the) scope”

Any changes in scope will be addressed during this meeting. or Any changes of scope will be addressed during this meeting. or Any changes to (the) scope will be addressed during this ...
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'for Verb-ing' followed by a preposition

Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary gives the definition of sink as follows: a large open container [...] that you use for washing dishes in My question is whether the preposition 'in' is ...
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One Step To Backward - Should I Use “To”? Or Avoid it? [closed]

One Step To Backward - Should I Use "To"? Or Avoid it? One Step To Backward. One Step Backward.
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What part-of-speech will the new “because” be?

The American Dialect Society has voted because as the Word of the Year owing to its increased use in phrases such as "because happy," "because sad," and "because bored." Since it takes an object, it ...
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implement something for/in/on/with something?

Which preposition is correct to use in the following sentence?: Implementation of this technique for/in/on/with complex objects is complicated (meaning: it is complicated to apply this technique ...
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When and why did most educated people start saying “all of the <noun>”? [closed]

It is correct to say : "All of them are lovely." "I'd like all of those." "All of" before a pronoun is correct. It is not correct to say: "All of the airlines are on strike." "All of ...
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Use of “on” or from" with list of dates

Are these both grammatically correct? "ON September 23 through 26, 2013, birds were observed on the lake." or "FROM September 23 through 26, 2013, birds were observed on the lake."
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Usage of “of” in the following sentence

I would like some help in understing the usage of "of" in the sentence: Gender inequality refers to unequal treatment or perceptions of individuals based on their gender. perceptions of ...
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“Excel at something” vs. “excel in something”

I've come across a question while writing an exam Roger really excelled ___ sports A) at B) on C) in D) for My first thought was 'in', later I remembered using 'at' also. I've ...
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Island of “Name” vs island “Name”. Proper usage of the preposition.

For example why people use "Island of Jamaica" and "Macquarie Island". The latter doesn't use any preposition. When the preposition should be used and when not?
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How to correctly name a uni assignment? [closed]

Finishing my first in class assignment in an English uni, I struggle with the name (especially with "the" and "of" words). I developed a website X and the document should describe the whole process. ...
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Usage of “but” as preposition

About usage of "but", I am confused with this sentence: You have no choice but to perform the back-test yourself. "But" is the preposition in this sentence. Why is the use of infinitive? Can I ...
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“the like” sequence

I have a question about "the like" I found in a book. The sentence: "you who have never seen the like can scarcely imagine what delicate and wonderful flowers..." I've seen "the more you know the ...
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“for which 'blah blah'” vs. “which 'blah blah' for” [duplicate]

When is it appropriate to use "for which" instead of "which .. for"? e.g. (talking about webpages) This method is useful for deprecated pages for which users have made bookmarks vs This ...
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Is “Where is your mother at?” grammatical? [duplicate]

When querying: Where is your mother at? Is that considered to be proper English language usage? Alternatively, you could just state more simply: Where is your mother? Is adding the ...
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“Seek the truth in X” vs. “seek the truth with X”

Ran into the phrase to seek the truth in love meaning "seek truth without hurting others in the process". I feel it should be "with" rather than "in." No rule in this case?
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What's the difference between “made from” and “made of” [duplicate]

What's the difference between "made from" and "made of"? Could anyone give me some examples?
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Is it correct to say “source to” instead of “source of”?

Is it correct use to as preposition in the following sentence? Books are the best source to knowledge. I have mostly seen of as being used with source, for example "source of knowledge". But I ...
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How to use 'persevere'?

I need to translate a sentence and I cannot figure out a good way to do so. Can I use the word 'persevere' like this, or are there better ways? Vincas consistently deepens his knowledge, he is not ...
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What is the correct word to follow consensus?

When using the word consensus in a sentence, is it correct to say consensus on, over, or, of? For example if someone were to say, In 1960s British politics, there was consensus [correct word] the ...
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File kept on/at the server? [duplicate]

I want to write that I have saved the file on the server. What should I write, on the server or at the server?
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Direct and Indirect Objects with the verbs: Give, Buy, and Bring

Both these phrases are correct, Give me it Buy me them so why are these sentences wrong? Give John it Buy John them In these sentences, "me/John" are both indirect ...
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“For/during/on/in the first two nights”

He slept very well for the first two nights, but on the third night, he did not. Can I say “in the first two nights”, “during the first two nights” or “on the first two nights” instead of “for ...
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“Let's get it over (with)” — do I need the “with”?

I'm trying to understand why there is this "with". I can say "Let's get this done". So, why "Let's get this over with?" I would really appreciate if someone could explain that a bit.
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“Get an idea on/of something”

In general, is it better to say get an idea on or get an idea of something? Here are some examples: In order to get an idea on how to build this house... In order to get an idea of how to ...
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Adding “on” to many verbs

We have a local newscaster who inserts the word "on" into almost every sentence. For example, he might say,"The rain will move on out." The extra preposition grates on me, but I have not been able ...
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The meaning of 'be of' [closed]

What about such a statement that I found in one of the books for ESL learners: 'what is it of?' or 'what are they of?' What's the meaning of 'be of' here?
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a good job (of / in / at) doing something

Are the following sentences correct? If so, which is the most common? 1) You did a good job raising your children. 2) You did a good job of raising your children. 3) You did a good job in ...
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What does “in the east” mean here?

I just read this sentence "when the wind was in the east a smell came across the harbour" from the Ernest Hemingway's novel The Old Man And The Sea: Two questions: What does "in" the wind mean? ...
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“Confined in the case”, “confined on the bus”

The preposition “to” is widely used in the phrase “be confined to”. My question is, can I use “in” or “on” in the following sentences? Someone is confined in the case. Someone is confined on ...
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Up- vs Down-here

Geographically speaking, up is north and down is south (if that's wrong, my entire question is dumb). My friends keep saying they are doing something "down here" when they are actually talking about ...
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Repeat “on” in a list?

Consider the following sentences. My question is: which one is grammatically correct? (If neither is, what is the correct formulation?) [the name of a chapter], in which he summarizes his past ...
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When are “from” and “by” interchangeable?

Today I listened to a performance by Stephen Lynch in which he said "A public service anouncement from Stephen Lynch" which confused me, a non-native English speaker. Is the usage of "from" correct ...
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“put your coat on” and “put on your coat” but not “depend on someone” and “depend someone on*”

Why can you say "put on your coat" and "put your coat on" but not "depend on someone" and "depend someone on*"? Why are adverbs ("on" in the first sentence) mobile, whereas prepositions ("on" in the ...
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“During 1985 to 1988 , I worked at X company” — does it mean that 1988 was included?

I am an ESL student and I wonder what the following sentence means. During 1985 to 1988 , I worked at X company Does it mean that 1988 was included? I am not quite sure about the meaning ...
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“Skyscrapers are of various shapes” vs. “skyscrapers are various shapes”

Skyscrapers are of various shapes. Skyscrapers are various shapes. Why do we use of in the sentence above? Is there any difference in meaning between the two sentences?
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to be certain to do something versus to be certain of doing something

"Paul is certain to win the race." "Paul is certain of winning the race." What is the difference between these two sentences?
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What are the differences between the following sentences containing “surprised”?

I have written four similar sentences using surprised: I was deeply surprised at the news. I was deeply surprised at learning the news. I was deeply surprised at being told the news. I ...
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Preposition for “to be qualified”

Would you please tell me whether the following fragment is grammatically correct? ...led me to be qualified in various science Olympiads. For instance, I ranked 21st among... I know that ...