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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“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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“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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Should I seek employment 'from' a company or 'at' a company?

I'm having a hard time distinguishing between the two words. I'm unsure of seeking employment "from" or seeking employment "at" a company. The particular sentence I have in mind is this "[some ...
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In + pres. participle constructions (“In performing,” “in using”)

I'm working on preparing some text for translation into Spanish and have come across this construction, which sounds perfectly fine to me, but I've been unable to find any definition or description ...
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May “in with” be used to mean “among?”

I was thinking about how little I use the word among and how I would phrase the dictionary's example sentences for it. Most of it involved substitution with the word with. Then I noticed something. ...
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Does a compound adjective eliminate need for a preposition? [closed]

Example: Mr. Jones is well-versed at providing document control services. My editor has removed "at" stating that the compound adjective "well-versed" does not require a preposition to follow. ...
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“between” vs. “among”

Today I was cut off in the middle of the following sentence: Between Cook, Strauss, and Pietersen— My friend said I was wrong. He said that for more than two entities, among/amongst are used, ...
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Prepositions nightmare [on hold]

I'm writing a research paper and I have this doubt: My sentence: The first western infected arrived in the US for treatment in August 2, 2014. The online corrector marks as wrong the preposition ...
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What word type is “before” when used as in this example?

I need to know the word type of "before" in constructions like the following: Before going home, I had a beer. I do know the word types before can be in general, so no need for lengthy responses ...
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Repeating the same preposition in a short sentence: “I will eat at 11 o'clock at night”? [closed]

Can I say the following? I will eat at 11 o'clock at night I am worried about the preposition. Here you see I have used "at" twice in a sentence "I will eat at 11 o'clock at night". Is it ...
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Ellipsis (Gapping) and Prepositions

A simple example of ellipsis is: Peter likes to eat apples, and Mary oranges. (Peter likes to eat apples, and Mary [likes to eat] oranges.) Recently, I've been engaged in a debate about a ...
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Meaning of “Students in all majors” versus “Students of all majors”

I would like to know the difference between these sentences: I want to send an email to students of all majors I want to send an email to students in all majors How did of/in change the meaning of ...
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Testing for, testing of [closed]

Does a laboratory do "testing for" or "testing of" a disorder? E.g., testing for/of a mutation?
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Is it correct to say “ The documents are attached as evidence?” [closed]

So I'm confused between "given for evidence" and "given as evidence." Please tell me which one sounds, less awkward.
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differnt from vs. different to vs. differnt than

I learned from a British person that "different from" is an American English, and "different than" is the most commonly used in Britain. Moreover I found "different to". What are differences of the ...
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When do we use “be careful about”?

Most of the time we use be careful 'with'/ 'of'. but i realized there are times people use be careful about. What is the grammar rule behind this?
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Is using the construction 'consider / to have' in a sentence incorrect? [closed]

Is it incorrect to say 'consider to have' in a sentence, such as "I do not consider the book to have a political viewpoint." Is the use of "to have" with the word "consider" proper English here?
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Why “live on campus” but not “live in campus”

Why do we say he lives on campus but not he lives in campus? Technically we live in the boundaries of the campus.
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How can I correct “our firewall will have been providing Internet safety to our customers”? [closed]

What is the correct sentence for question 60 at this website? Come August, our firewall will have been providing Internet safety to our customers for over ten years. The answer at the ...
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“over the period of” or “over the period”?

Which one is correct? I visited four countries over the period of 2010 to 2014. or I visited four countries over the period 2010 to 2014.
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“Hang in” vs. “hang on”

Are these two the same when used to express "keep it up" or "survive a little longer"? Also, I often hear people say "hang in there", but I rarely hear people say "hang on there".
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The repetition of the preposition 'to' in this sentence.

Is there a work-around I can use so that I can avoid the close repetition of to in the following sentence? Clearly my advice-giver here does not know what it means for someone to decide to ...
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similar between or similar for?

For a research project I have a question about the correctness of the following phrases The mean activities were similar between group A and group B. The study demonstrated similarity in terms of ...
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“To X and Y” OR “to X and to Y” [closed]

I would like to know which one is correct? I went both to Yangon and Mandalay. Or I went both to Yangon and to Mandalay.
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Usage of “of” prepositions sequence

Today, I have encountered the following sentence in a documentation: Department of development and support of information systems of ABC JSC I have argued about the correctness of using this ...
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This is the first post of the series / This is the first post in the series

When writing a series in a blog, with which of the following sentences could you start the first sentence? Are they all correct, is only one correct, are there semantic or only aesthetic differences? ...
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Should I use “support of” or “support to” in this sentence?

"Heavy construction will furnish direct support [to/of] the company's real estate operations." Would "to" or "of" be proper?
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Semantics of 'the extent which' vs 'the extent TO which'

'the extent which'    vs    2. 'the extent to which' : 3. Semantically, how do these compare? I know that to is a preposition and so a Functional Morpheme, but does 'to' affect anything ...
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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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“Compete with” or “compete against”

Is it correct to say compete with or compete against? I think compete against is the proper way, but compete with is extremely popular these days. Here's an example: It should be Apple MacOS ...
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Difference between 'meant by' and 'meant with'?

Is there a difference in meaning or usage between 'meant by' and 'meant with'? Many questions about meanings with this tag have the wording 'What is meant by...?'. In the text I am currently reading ...
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Usuage of In & On? [migrated]

They are more conflicts arising while using In & On in a sentence. So I want to know some clarification regarding the usage of In & On in a sentence with a crystal clear example, because I'm ...
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Difference among “to hear”, “to hear of” and “to hear about”?

Will anyone kindly explain the difference between the three terms to me? Thanks.
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Send something through / by / per / via email?

What would be the correct preposition: "I will send all further details ____ email" ? I would guess 'through' or 'by' or 'per' or 'via' all sound kind of right, but I'm not sure what's the best ...
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Using too many 'to's in a sentence?

This may be more of a stylistic question than anything else, but I'm hoping for some general rules about using the word 'to' in a sentence and when it might be used too many times. For example, I'm ...
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Parallelism in a sentence regarding transitive verbs, gerunds, and objects

I'm trying to write this sentence, but something doesn't seem right: Walloopp.com is the place to discover, collaborate, and create what's next. The first two are just options for actions on the ...
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“Have trust in” vs. “have trust for”

What is the appropriate preposition for the following sentence? Is having trust in your employer important to you? Is having trust for your employer important to you?
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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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waste money into or on? [migrated]

I have a problem. At English classes there was a sentence: Mike is wasting most of his money on/into clothes. Teacher said that the right variant is "into". I tried to find some examples with ...
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“Increase 10%” or “increase by 10%”

I was taught at the university that the correct usage of this verb is increase by, for example, like in the sentences stated below: The company's income increased by 10%. By 2015 the ...
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“Classify data in A/B/C by value x by using the function x”

This is about data classification done by computer. Data is classified into the A, B, or C rank and then the judgement result will be displayed on the screen. All the transaction is done by using ...
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Which preposition goes with “dawn”? [closed]

Which preposition should I use to specify something happening when the sun comes up? At the dawn of April 1 In the dawn of April 1 On the dawn of April 1
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Arrive “by” or “on” a specific train?

I happened to read a "programme of visit" of a foreign delegation which stated that the delegation would arrive in [name of city] by train H702. Obviously, H702 is the designation of a specific train. ...
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“By time” versus “before time”

There is a related question here, but it's different because that relates to dates whereas I am talking about specific times. Compare the sentences "The assignment is due by 8:00am" and "The ...
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Can all dynamic (action) verbs be paired up with all existing prepositions to form compound verbs?, ie. “Throw- out,off,in, up, etc.”

I know that not all verbs can be compounded with all prepositions such as, "Believe-out, of, from, up, down." being a stative verb; and that action verbs can be paired up with lamost all prepositions. ...
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“At the beginning” or “in the beginning”?

Are both expressions "At the beginning" "In the beginning" valid and equivalent? The first "seems wrong" to me, but it has more Google results.
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in vs on vs with your journey

Graduation day is coming; when trying to send a card to a friend I have a difficulty to decide which preposition to use in this simple phrase. "Good luck with/in/on your journey!" My first thought ...
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Using prepositions in a sentence [duplicate]

WHICH PHRASE IS CORRECT :TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF OF ME OR TAKE YOUR HANDS OFF ME? I've heard this phrase so many times but I don't exactly know which one is correct.pls help
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“Within the past year” vs. “In the past year”

I'm having an argument with a co-worker about phrasing. We have a document that makes reference to someone having experience working "in the past year", and later it states "must have experience ...
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Focus/emphasis in or on?

I automatically use the preposition "on" after the words "focus" or "emphasis". However, I've recently come across several instances of them being followed by "in", such as in the following examples: ...