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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Aim for, aim at, aim to

I was asked what the differences are in usage between these three, but I think I probably confused things more than I helped. I guess mostly it's a matter of style? I wondered if anyone had a good ...
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Globalisation encourage economic cooperation among/between nations?

Globalisation encourage economic cooperation among/between nations. My approach: Before my teacher taught me i saw various rules and also found some questions here related to difference between ...
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How to indicate the number of persons that will be attending an event

I created a website for users to RSVP to a wedding. One of the questions they have to answer is to indicate how many persons will attend the wedding. What is the correct wording for a question like ...
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which is the suitable preposition for the end of “ keep/stay in touch”?

Is there any other preposition that we can use after "stay in touch"+with, instead of with? thank you
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prepositional phrases used as nouns

Looking for examples of prepositional phrases that function as nouns. This example has been given: 'After three o'clock would be more convenient for me.' 'After three o'clock' serves as the subject. ...
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OUT east vs BACK east [closed]

I have heard various terms to describe one's travels East. Some people say, "I am going out East." Others say, "I'm going back East." Still others say, "I'm going down East." Which is correct?
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Preposition phrases: “for many days in a cocoon” / “in a cocoon for many days”

Are both sentences correct, or is one of them wrong grammatically ? 1) After eating, they rest for many days in a cocoon. 2) After eating, they rest in a cocoon for many days. I can't figure out ...
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Obtain a visa “in”, “from” or “at” the embassy? [closed]

What is the correct preposition in this statement? I obtained my visa at/in/from the Embassy of the Republic of ... I have a visa now, I visited an embassy, made all the procedures and ...
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Say below in case the objects are touching each other

I am implemening an Andoird app where the activity has map view and below it, I have small area to display some information about the markers in the map. The map and this area are touching. ...
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“Up until 8th” - including 8th or not? [duplicate]

I've got this message from my friend: "I'll be pretty busy basically up until the 8th November." In this case, which is correct, he will be pretty busy including 8th or he will not be pretty busy from ...
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“During” or “In” in a sentence without a verb

I'm correcting a list of parameter titles and explanations in a technical document where the prepositions of times have been used carelessly. The parameter titles mostly don't include verbs because ...
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Do we just need “this morning” or have to use “in this morning”? Ex: “He fed his dog (in) this morning?”

Ok, let see these sentences: "He fed his dog in the morning" "He fed his dog this morning" "He fed his dog in this morning" So, which sentence is correct? It seems that the 2nd one is used more ...
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Is the use of “for” where “because” would fit allowed?

Take the following example: You probably couldn't see for the lights but you were staring straight at me. I get that the for there could've been replaced by because of to the same effect, right? ...
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What is the function of the word “that” here? (And is “absent” a verb in this sentence?) [closed]

What is the grammatical function of "that" in the following sentence. I'm having a hard time explaining to students why a verb (absent) is preceded by "that." Students assume a noun should follow ...
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Prepositional Phrase Help

If a long prepositional phrase is inserted into the middle of a sentence, such as in the example to follow, should a second comma be used to enclose the beginning of the phrase: What most ...
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Why are we in love “with” someone?

I'd like to learn the etymology of using the preposition with in the phrase in love with somebody. For me it doesn't make much sense because with seems to imply something that is shared by two people, ...
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Usage of from, in and at with reference to place of learning

I am slightly confused about the usage of "from" "at" and "in". He was born in England He studied at XXX School, Delhi He did his schooling from XXX School, Delhi All of these seem to be ...
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Difference between “Do something to somebody” and "Do something for somebody.

Can someone please explain the difference between "Do something to somebody" and "Do something for somebody." it seems to me that to do something to somebody carries a negative meaning, while to do ...
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Three prepositions in a row

Does it sound strange or funny to have three prepositions in a row, as in He jumped out from behind a dustbin? If yes, is there a simple way to avoid it?
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In/On + Morning [closed]

I encountered a phrase "on a cold winter morning". Is it correct? I think It should be "in a cold winter morning". e.g. Sunrise on a cold winter morning outside Van Buren Hotel
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Consulting to or consulting for?

What would be the correct usage of (to/for) in the following phrase? ... a small technology company specializing in consulting (to/for) dog owners Thank you,
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What/Which train are you going on/by? [duplicate]

What is the difference between the following interrogative structures? What train are you going on/by? Which train are you going on/by? And which of the prepositions, given at the end ...
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Alex is by Jan or Alex is with Jan [closed]

First: Alex is by Jan. or Alex is with Jan. Second: Where's the ketchup? It's over there, by the mustard. or Where's the ketchup? It's over there, with the mustard.
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In a mortar or with a mortar? In a juicer or with a juicer?

Is there any difference in usage, or is one of them correct whilst the other not? To grind an acorn in/with a mortar. To juice an orange in/with a juicer.
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In the tube or on the tube?

If I would like to ask, if someone reads the news on / in the tube? (btw Tube being the underground in London) Which one is correct? Thanks,
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Difference between for and of

Is it 1. The renewal dates of the books 2. The renewal dates for the books
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“Log in” or “Log on”? [duplicate]

What is correct? He was logging on to the Bitrack database. He was logging in to the Bitrack database. Please note a password is required to log on/in to the database.
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What's the usage of “Unlike like, say …, …”?

In the following sentence and context, do Lego and Emoji have underlying rights to be purchased? Unlike like, say Lego, there are also no underlying rights here to purchase, which makes this as ...
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To or Towards…?

Can 'to' be replaced with/used interchangeably with 'towards' in an essay to make myself sound more sophisticated or are there linguistical complications associated with using it everywhere? If so, ...
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passive form of “recruit” followed by “in” or “into”

A total of 100 patients were recruited ___ the study. Do I have to say recruited into the study or recruited in the study?
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Can I use “within” in place of “before” in “I will go there before 7 p.m.”? [closed]

I will go there before 7 p.m. Can I use "within 7 p.m." in this sentence ? Or would it be wrong to use "within"?
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Question about the sentence “The child stroked the cat under the table”

I'm reading a book talking about prepositions in English. The following sentence is from it. The child stroked the cat under the table The author told us that "under the table" is modifying ...
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“Reassign to” or “reassign in”

I'm not a native English speaker and I'm always confused with the usage of prepositions. Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned to the name of the loan officer Vehicle’s ownership is reassigned ...
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Applied to the lottery or for the lottery? [closed]

Which preposition should I use in the following sentence: I applied ____ greencard lottery. Would it be: I applied for the greencard lottery. or I applied to the greencard lottery. ...
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Need help with a convoluted sentence

I'm trying to simplify this sentence, but I can't figure out how. The string of "was when even after" makes it sound very odd, especially when you read it out loud. The most unusual situation I ...
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Can we use “around about” like this? [closed]

Can we use "around about" together as in the following sentence? The building was built around about 2 years ago.
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Which one is correct: “after a century of” or “after a century from”? [closed]

I have two sentences: The Solvay conference, after a century of the first one, brought all the physics geniuses together once again. The Solvay conference, after a century from the first ...
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Does “differ by” even exist? [closed]

I have a question about the preposition for differ in the following context: A differs B merely from a chemical element. Or better to say: A differs B by a chemical element. I will ...
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“…the city of Berlin was divided ________ the USSR, the USA and the UK” [duplicate]

After the second world war, the city of Berlin was divided ________ the USSR, the USA and the UK. Options by with between among My Approach: I am not able to solve this ...
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The use of preposition in this case

Do I always need a preposition when I say.. "I traveled (in) NY?" Can I simply say, "I traveled NY"?
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Which is correct, in each number, or on each number or for each number?

Which is correct, in each number, or on each number or for each number? I need to ask questions mentioning that each number has a different instruction. Any help that includes sentence examples will ...
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Preposition: Within vs In

Is there a distinction between "within" and "in" as in, "upon finding a violation within the preceding four years" versus "upon finding a violation in the preceding four years"?
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Can I treat “after” in this sentence as a conjunction instead of a preposition?

I met up a choice question recently: The boy dived into the water and after ___ seemed to be a long time, he came up again. A.what B.that C.it D.which The answer says A is correct. According ...
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“definition” or “defining” (of the)? [closed]

Which one is best: Defining of the settings is enabled when... Defining settings is enabled when... Definition of the settings is enabled when... (some other form) ?
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Correct preposition for 'workplace'

Should I say Eating is not allowed in the workplace or Eating is not allowed at the workplace when eating is, in fact, not allowed anywhere near the PC in an office?
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the use of “by” and “to” [closed]

I can't distinguish between the use of by and to when putting them in such sentence: House prices had risen by/to 0.3 % in July". Especially the meaning of by.
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Which is best, “to access” or “of access”?

When describing someone who is reclusive is it better to say: He was difficult to access. or He was difficult of access.
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Between 'decide' and 'an object', are prepositions like 'on, upon, about' extraneous?

Caution: This question concerns the verb 'direct' followed immediately afterwards by an object. To ameliorate readability, I eschew the use of blockquotes below, where I quoted the OED. [Source:] ...
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“Enquire from someone” vs “enquire with someone”

Which is the correct sentence from these two? Can you enquire from her? Can you enquire with her? I tried to search the internet but most results talk about the difference between ...
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“Rise in” vs. “rise of”

What’s the difference between "rise in" and "rise of"? Specifically, I am looking at the sentence: The rise __ juvenile crime is attributed to three factors. Which preposition should I choose?