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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Being a representative for someone to/against (?) others

I'm currently writing a job applications for customer-centric jobs and I would like to say that "I'm looking forward to being a representative for the wishes and needs of a community of customers to / ...
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prepositions - “increase of” vs “increase in”

Which one is correct or if both are correct, is there any difference? The change is a 10 percent increase of tuition The change is a 10 percent increase in tuition
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The use of preposition “of”

What is the difference between: 1. Design of a system vs. System Design 2. Type of cable vs. Cable type 3. Certificate of Compliance vs. Compliance Certificate 4. Obligations and Duties of Company ...
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“A teaching assistant in/of/for Applied Quantitative Methods”

I am a Teaching Assistant in/of/for Applied Quantitative Methods Which preposition is correct this context? And why?
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Is it improper to say “count till a hundred”? [closed]

I'm told that using count till a hundred is improper grammar. What's the correct preposition?
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Use of “off/off of” in speech [duplicate]

Why do Americans say off of when they tell someone to get off them?
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Should “listening” always be followed by the preposition “to”?

While we always add a preposition to with listen, as in listen to music, does that apply with listening as well? Is the following sentence correct? I am habitual of listening this from you ?
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“For three years” vs “in three years” [duplicate]

I haven't talked to my wife for three years. I haven't talked to my wife in three years. Are in and for interchangeable in these sentences?
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“At the most difficult times” or “in the most difficult times”

In the example below which preposition is appropriate: at or in? Family will be there for you [at/in] the most difficult times no matter what.
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“At/on/in railway station”

Which preposition is correct? Now I am at/on/in the railway station.
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“headquarters of” vs. “headquarters for”… is there a difference?

Is there a difference between "headquarters of" and "headquarters for"? It is the headquarters of many branches. It is the headquarters for many branches. It is the headquarters of the party. It is ...
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What preposition should follow the adjective “parallel”?

When using the word parallel in communicating the state of being in a relationship between one line and another, what is the correct word to follow parallel? parallel to parallel with
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Can 'to' in 'to + verb' be an adverb?

The 'to infinitive' has the structure to + verb as in to go, to eat, to ride, etc. The word 'to' is thought to be a preposition. However, since a preposition needs an object and a verb cannot be an ...
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Does “send” require a “to”? [duplicate]

Is the following grammatical? Should I send the letter to her? If it is, then how come that send can also be used without to? Should I send her the letter? What about the use of send in a ...
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“I belong to a greater stage”

Is it okay to say: I believe I belong to a greater stage. Basically, I want to say that I want to transit from my current position to a better one since I think I am skillful enough for the ...
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Is there any difference between “immune from” and “immune against” in the following sentence?

"His position as president renders him immune ..... criticism." Any subtle difference concerning the viability and efficacy of criticism, according to the preposition used? The Ngram shows ...
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Can we say “admitted to the mistakes”?

Can we say "admitted to the mistakes"? I think it should be admitted the mistakes and admitted to the hospital. The sentence that I am working on is it has not admitted to the mistakes in the ...
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Non-Adverbial “as is”

I know the common adverbial usage of "as is" as in, Leave it as is. As a non-native English speaker I found a strange-to-me but common English usage of non-adverbial "as is" and sometimes also "as ...
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“Go by a bus” or “go on a bus”?

I have been arguing with friends on this. Is it right to say 'go by a bus' or 'go on a bus'?
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“Better insight on my experience”? [duplicate]

Please take a look at my resume to have a better insight on my experience. From my point of view, it looks correct, but because I have never seen anything like this before, I have some doubts.
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“Even to me” or “even for me” [duplicate]

English prepositions are difficult even for/to me. Which one is correct, for or to? Is there a difference? Can they be used interchangeably?
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In the opposite direction to - OR - in the opposite direction from?

Which of these is correct? The second feels more logical, but I'm really not sure. Here's the context: 'They took a path away from the house that Jack was glad to see struck off in the opposite ...
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preposition for tie

is it correct using preposition (on) for the verb (tie)? when it is used with? And do we use it when we want to use it for ( fastening to another thing)? For example in this case: " more and more ...
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what does “in quiet sophistication” mean here?

"it strikes me as the last word in quiet sophistication." I have two questions here. First, I do not understand the meaning of "quiet sophistication." I know that sophistication is a trait ...
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“crying to George Jones albums” what does “to” mean here?

"Like me, Hugh was single, which came as no great surprise, considering that he spent his leisure time rolling out dough and crying to George Jones albums." This is an excerpt from a book I have been ...
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“In and of itself”? What does it mean?

"It might be different if he were flagging down a passing car or trying to phone for help, but typing, in and of itself, is not an inherently dramatic activity." In this sentence, I do not understand ...
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To be attained at/on?

I'm writing a math paper, so it would probably be easier to answer this question with some background in math. Assume I have a set of "things" and some function turning these things into numbers. I'm ...
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“Bump one's head on something” vs. “against something”

Can anyone help me understand the difference between bumping one's head on something and bumping it against it? Is there any substantial difference or are they used interchangeably?
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‘Means of ’ versus ‘means for’

Eating garlic has long been considered as a means for warding off malaise. Eating garlic has long been considered as a means of warding off malaise Which example is preferred and why? Many ...
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If you don't reply for the next three hours

Imagine I told you something like: If you don't reply for the next 3 hours, I will stop talking to you. What would you think the meaning was? Do you think it would be If you don't keep ...
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As to: Compound preposition [closed]

First, thank you Edwin Ashworth and RegDwigнt♦ for your comments. I was able to learn and recognize my mistake, obscuring the point of question. Here is as to I've wanted to discuss about: He was ...
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What preposition should be used in “Moving something __ M meters”? [closed]

I have four guesses so far: none, "on", "for", and "by".
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Can the heart 'approach what it yearns', or must it 'approach what it yearns for'?

Paul Simon's lyrics ... how the heart approaches what it yearns... has always seemed to me an incorrect usage, although it's difficult to state why. It seems to me that the verb yearn ...
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In “Bat Out of Hell”, should “Out of” be capitalized? [duplicate]

Should either or both words in "out of" be capitalized (e.g., Bat Out of Hell)? I wanted to clarify because the "o" is commonly capitalized in any Google search hits.
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The grammatical parts of speech in 'As ____ as when ___'

What parts of speech are the each of the individual words in as penniless as when. For example when used in the following sentence: They were as penniless as when the little man found them.
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“separated by”, “separated with”, or does it not matter?

I'm describing how you write something down (specifically, an array initializer in JavaScript, but that's not important), and find myself intrigued by the choice of using "separated by" vs. "separated ...
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Can a person be “responsible” to another person?

I came across this statement in a policy/guideline text: "He/she is responsible to the MD for maintaining the accuracy of this Guidelines. The Guidelines shall be adopted annually by the MD even if no ...
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What is a Prepositional complement?

Could someone tell me what Prepositional complement is? The text that brought this issue up says: ... a possessive is used as Prepositional complement. They give an example: what business is ...
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Valid from and valid to or until?

Would valid to make sense when refering to an expiration date? I've got this text right now: Valid from: 01/10/2014 Valid to: 10/10/2014 It doesn't sound correct. Should it be until? In which ...
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Is “happened Tuesday” (without “on”) a valid pattern? [duplicate]

The album was released Tuesday and has been well-received by […] Shouldn't it be "released on Tuesday"? Where did the "on" go? I think dropping the preposition is confusing, but I see it ...
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Using the word 'come' to mean 'when it comes'

I am currently playing the game Max Payne 3 and I came across an interesting formulation: I hope Fabiana will not be served to the fishes come feeding time. Is this normal in American English?
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“To How” or “In How”?

I have the sentence: "Since that experience, I have made changes to how I address all of my courses." Should I use "to how" or "in how" for any grammatical reason(s), or is it simply a matter of ...
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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"?