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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What preposition should I use before “celebration”?

What preposition should I use before celebration? At a celebration In a celebration On a celebration The context is: Nowruz holidays, the 'New Year's Day' in my country, are 13 ...
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Speaker Paul Ryan said “encouraged with” but media is saying “Ryan encouraged by”. Why?

*Note: The first half of this question, in bold, is streamlined and expresses the gist of my message. You can skip the second half of the question if you would rather not slog through all my ...
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What's the difference between “on” and “of” after a verb? [on hold]

For example: "Some variations on the activity" vs "Some variations of the activity". and "practise vocabulary on pets" vs "practise vocabulary of pets". What is the difference in terms of meaning ...
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Correct usage of ‘on’, ‘at’ and ‘in’ from a foreigner’s point of view

As a foreign English speaker who never really studied too much English grammar other than the basics at high school, I am often struggling to use the correct form in certain phrases. At being ...
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What is the role/function and origin of “to” being used in the idiomatic phrases “there's something to him/her/it” & “there's nothing to him/her/it”?

"something to him/her/it" Google Books (to him): Google Books (to her): Google Books (to it): The phrase meaning "there's something (with respect to/about) him/her/it (that is observable/...
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I work “in a grocery store” or “at a grocery store” [duplicate]

I am not a native speaker but both sounds good to me. Which one should be more accurate or in fact correct.
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“reasons to” vs “reasons for”

Which of the following is the better or more correct usage when the noun reason is plural? I can't do it. There are several reasons to it. vs I can't do it. There are several reasons for it.
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“Consists of” vs. “consists in”: different meanings of the verb, or the same meaning applied differently?

Mark Twain said, Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person. Could he have used consists of there instead of consists in and ...
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The usage of prepositions: in/at or at/in?

I've read an article (see the link below) and there's a sentence which confuses me: No matter if your delivery takes place in a home or at the hospital... If I rewrite it this way: No ...
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“in patients” vs “among patients”

I was wondering what the correct form is, or if both of these forms are correct: The IBM is the most common disease of skeletal muscle in patients over 50 years old. The IBM is the most ...
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Take your hands out “of / from” your pockets

Which is proper: Take your hands out of your pockets. Take your hands out from your pockets. Is there any difference in American English and British English? P.S. Also reading the ...
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Which preposition to use with “averse” and “abounds”? [on hold]

I have a test tomorrow, and while preparing, I came across these sentences: He is averse ____ study. The Satluj abounds _____ fish. [The Satluj is a river]. Always get _____ sunrise. Only a ...
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“Prerequisite for” vs. “prerequisite to”

When is it appropriate to use "prerequisite for" instead of "prerequisite to"? Does it depend on context, or is it a matter of style? I googled the two phrases and found 4.5 million hits for "...
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which preposition is correct ? “to” or “for” ? and Why?

I would like to know why we must use the preposition "to" instead of "for" in the following sentence Thanks Is there a loophole "to" some of these requirements?
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“Support to” or “support for”

Which is correct? Thank you for your support to our company. Thank you for your support for our company.
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Use of “upon” or “on” in phrase

In a spiritual phrase the segment says ...have mercy on me, a sinner. could you use "upon" rather than "on"? I feel that using "upon" personalizes the phrase better. Or is my grammar failing?
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Wha is the difference between the two cases of preposition use?

I was just reading something that used the phrase He was studying about civil war history. The author probably meant either "He was learning about civil war history" or "He was studying civil ...
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At the end of the day And By the end of the day [closed]

At the end of the day And By the end of the day I am confusing to use this words What is the differents between these words, Could your please some scenario of this two words Thanks
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a sentence in ESPN sport [closed]

ESPN is kind of pleasant stuff for me to improve my reading, but sometimes, they really freak me out. Here is the sentence: Arsenal are interested in Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi as they ...
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Use of 'in which …' to modify a noun

Consider the sentence Why did the Egyptians not develop sculpture in which the body turned and twisted through space like classical Greek statuary? Could someone please explain the use of "in ...
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“But from” or “But rather from”?

Which one is more grammatically correct? But from or But rather from? I don't quite understand which one should be used. And I seriously doubt that the second one can be used at all. It didn't ...
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Preposition vs Particles [on hold]

What is the difference between particles and preposition? and how can you spot them when being use in a sentence?
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To (preposition) + Gerund

He agrees to doing/do her work because she helped him earlier. I agree to go/going there. I agreed to leaving/leave home earlier. In my opinion, gerunds shall be used after "to (preposition)" in the ...
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People can agree to doing this work

Is it correct to say "people can agree to doing this work"? I have always seen people saying "people can agree to do this work", I don't know if this sentence is correct because I think that to is a ...
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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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Diversify the preposition “by” in “model X by smth.”

Which prepositions can be used with the verb "model" when speaking about something being an abstract description of something else? As an example, let us consider the following sentences: The ...
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“parameterized by” vs. “parameterized with”

Assuming that you are writing American English, which preposition follows "parameterized" in the following example: by or with? Why? Our model of programs is parameterized by/with the deliberately ...
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“replace with” vs. “replace by” in the sense of substituting strings

Given that both prepositions are acceptable in general contexts with a slight deviation in usage, meaning, and voice ("Replace with" versus "replace by" has a too wide scope), let ...
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“contribution {to|toward|towards} ‹gerund phrase›” in AmE in a non-monetary sense

I would like to understand which preposition to use with "contribution" when it is used in a non-monetary sense in American English in the case when the preposition is followed by a gerund phrase. My ...
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The preposition for 'note' (noun): 'of', 'on' or 'about'? [closed]

Consider the example: I've made a lot of notes on, of or about this subject during my readings.
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“Starting…tomorrow” or “starting…from tomorrow”?

Is this context correct? "We will be starting the execution tomorrow" Or should it rather be "We will be starting the execution from tomorrow"?
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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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What is role of the word “of” at the beginning of a title? [closed]

Some book titles and movie titles start with the word of; for example: Of Time and the River, Of Mice and Men, Of Corset's mine, Of Time and the City What is the purpose of using of in ...
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It's too good a position for him to let go [migrated]

Is this sentence correct? I was looking at one of the sentence in my textbook and I just wondered if this sentence is correct? Isn't "It's such a good position for him to let go " sound better? ...
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“With” used to introduce a clause. What is the name of this construction?

Would anyone happen to know the name of the following grammatical construction that I've italicized below (the clause beginning with "with")? My searches have been unsuccessful. This process mirrors ...
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“Gift with/upon purchase”

What's the difference in meaning between "with purchase" and "upon purchase"? e.g. Enjoy a complimentary tote bag with every purchase of cosmetic goods Enjoy a complimentary tote bag upon every ...
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In what dialect is “on” used of a programming language?

I have noticed that it is common on StackOverflow for questions to use "on ⟨programming language⟩" where American English would require "in". For example, "Is there a getInt function on ...
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Starting and ending with prepositions

Is the usage of in and into in the adverb phrase redundant? "In every competition that you get into, you have to do your best." I know that it would be better to just say "In every competition, you ...
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on the usage of “put hopes…”

I am editing subtitles (for a language I know nearly nothing about). The original subtitlers(sp?) were not native English speakers, and as a result there are many corrections to make. This means that ...
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“Struggle with” vs. “struggle against”

Somewhat related to: Is "to fight with" ambiguous? For some reason prepositions are presenting me problems lately. To struggle with and to struggle against basically have identical ...
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“On this occasion” vs. “during this occasion” [closed]

Which one is correct? I met my future wife on this very American traditional occasion. I met my future wife during this very American traditional occasion.
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Is there an implied verb here?

I am reading "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (Quick & Dirty Tips)" by Mignon Fogarty. The author explains the difference between like (a preposition) and as (a conjunction),...
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A question about preposition [migrated]

In the following sentence " I meet him on friday" , we use preposition 'on' before 'friday' , but in the following sentence "I met him last friday" we dont use preposition before 'last friday' . the ...
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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: ...
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“Thousands of thousands” vs. “Thousands upon thousands”

Is "thousands of thousands" grammatically correct? Why does it seem that "thousands upon thousands" sounds better, even though the former is closer to the logical truth? Is there any difference at all?...
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Are there any differences between “appearances at” and “appearances on”?

We say: Her appearance on "Friends" was just amazing. and I think we also say: His appearance at 84th Annual Academy Awards was somewhat surprising. So, are there any differences with ...
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In mathematics: is “associate to” correct? [closed]

In mathematical writing, I was used to We associate to the object C a vector space V(C) Now I found a question, Acceptable uses for "associated with" or "associated to", ...
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“Apply for” vs. “apply to”

Here I want to say that this function just should be applied to the following classes: A, B and C. This function just applies for/to A, B and C. But once again I am not sure which preposition ...
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“Witness to” vs. “witness of”

What is the difference in meaning between "a witness to" and "a witness for"? E.g., Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God... ...
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“for export” or “to export”?

The product is eligible for export or The product is eligible to export Which would be the correct preposition to use?