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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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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“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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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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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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“Curious as to who” vs. “curious of who”

I'm curious as to who you are. I'm curious of who you are. The person is anonymous and I'm just wondering who it is.
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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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Why “half past” and not “half to”?

When telling time and 30 minutes has gone past an hour, we say “half past”. For instance, half past 4 or half past 5. Why can’t we also say “half to”. For instance, half to 5 or half to 6? Shouldn’t ...
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“Cure of” vs. “cure from”

What's the difference between the following two? God, cure me of this sickness that I have. God, cure me from this sickness that I have.
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“Around” and/or “About”

I know it is right to state: Is the teacher around ? But is it equally right to state: Is the teacher about ? I have heard native English speakers say the latter, but is it correct?
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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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What's the etymology of 'of' after verbs?

(TL;DR) While reading about preposition of on OED (eg avail of, enquire of), I encountered a possible explanation: quoted below, OED claims that the postverbal of originates from the genitive case, ...
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For ‘such as’, why was ‘as’ used and not ‘that’?

such (adj.) c. 1200, Old English swylc, swilc "just as, as, in like manner; as if, as though; such a one, he" (pronoun and adjective), from a Proto-Germanic compound * swalikaz "so formed" ...
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Can I use “within” in place of “before” in “I will go there before 7 p.m.”? [on hold]

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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Prepositions usage: In vs For

There is a topic for a scientific paper in which I think the usage of the preposition "In" is incorrect; that is: Admissible Observation Operators in a Flexible Beam Technically, we can ...
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Use of “by” to indicate means

The preposition of “by” is used to indicate how something is done as in: “We are going to travel by car” and “He made history by becoming the first man to sail around the world.” Now, how about ...
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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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Applied to the lottery or for the lottery? [on hold]

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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Do scenarios hover?

I was recently editing a document produced by a consulting firm. I came across the sentence: Under this scenario, Kazakhstan can expect to secure its energy sector. I quickly replaced under with ...
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''For the best'' vs ''best''

I was writing a message to a friend and I got confused about these two expressions ''best'' and ''for the best'' in this particular context: ''it would be best to stop seeing each other'' vs ...
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“With what […]?” or “What […] with?”

Making a comparison with Who/Whom I now have a question about the use of what with prepositions in questions. I'll explain by example: These two sentences are correct, one is more formal than the ...
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Is it “in the episode” or “on the episode”? [on hold]

Which one is correct "in the episode" or "on the episode"? If I talk about a specific episode do I have to use "on" like "on episode 40"? Is that correct?
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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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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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Which one is correct: “after a century of” or “after a century from”?

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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Can we use “around about” like this? [on hold]

Can we use "around about" together as in the following sentence? The building was built around about 2 years ago.
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“Martyr To” vs “Martyr For”

This book specifies the difference as: martyr for something: smb. who is made to suffer severely for a cause martyr to something: smb. who is acutely inflicted by something Oxford ...
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“Fill out a form” or “fill in a form”

Does one fill out a form or does one fill in a form? I've gotten different answers from the people I've asked. Google search results: fill in a form — 14,200,000 fill out a form — ...
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What is the correct usage of “while” and “whilst”?

When should whilst be used instead of while? For example, should I use the first or the second sentence? They don't do this whilst they do that. They don't do this while they do that. What ...
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Can I use the same preposition twice after the verb?

Can I use the same preposition twice after the verb? For instance: the expectations provided for for the grade
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What preposition to use with file extensions?

Basically, should I mentally decode file extension abbreviations, and thus: Documents in PDF (in format) Photos according to JPEG (... group) Alternatives: Shall I keep it as PDF? Could ...
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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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To laugh over vs. about

Most of the time when I need to reference something using the word "laugh", my go-to preposition is "about". However, at times, "over" sounds much more adequate in day-to-day use. The big question, ...
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Does “differ by” even exist? [on hold]

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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which one should be used in this sentence — by or with?

In the sentence " Her speech was punctuated with bursts of applause." why can't I use "by" instead of "with"?
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“At the beginning of the century” or “in the beginning of the century”?

At the beginning of the century. In the beginning of the century. How to clearly distinguish when to use at, or in?
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What preposition is used with “amend”?

What preposition is used with "amend"? For example, A client wrote down the address to send a document, but she wrote "UK" as a country name instead of "US". In this case, If I say that you should ...
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Is “except she's beautiful” correct? [migrated]

I was writing something here about a girl and I wanted to say something like "she's a normal person, except she's beautiful", like in French "sauf qu'elle est belle"... I'm not quite sure this is ...
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“Deliver using/with/by the certificate”

In the fragment "to complete and deliver construction works to the customer using the Certificate of Work Completion", how can I change the word using (in the sense of "by what means")? Should I ...
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Keep on discussing vs Keep on discussing it

We kept discussing. We kept discussing whether God exists. Is an object (in this case, God's existence) necessary in this sentence? For example, with writing, it seems that an object ...
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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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When should I use “to do” and “to doing”

folks Here are two sentences that I find difficult to understand the grammar during my reading. Last year, two of her ministers suggested that convicted tycoons be pardoned if they could contribute ...
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Usage of 'to' in a sentence

Are these tos in right places so that the sentence is meaningful? The sentence talks about some people we need to persuade to live our life peacefully. And yes, look we have some judges to ...
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“5 min after” vs. “at 5 min after”

I read the following sentence in Nature: The second test of cocaine seeking was a cue-induced reinstatement test conducted 5 min after the last of the extinction sessions. Would it be correct ...
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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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Correct preposition with “to be jealous”

Let's say Alice sees her boyfriend Bob with Charlotte, another girl. Now, I know the correct usage is "Alice is jealous of Bob". My question is how to connect this predicate (be jealous) to Charlotte. ...
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Why is 'to' not used before 'home'?

While learning English, I was taught not to put 'to' in front of 'home'. I.e. "go to home" is incorrect, you should say "go home". Is there a reason (maybe historical) for this?
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to switch up, to change Up - why are these now taking the preposition up?

Does anyone know the root of the emergence of usage of the preposition "up" with the verbs "to switch" and "to change"?
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“In the hope of” vs. “with the hope of”

While solving a question I encountered a situation when there was a subtle difference between the two: After meeting together near Mediolanurn in 313, Roman Emperors Constantine Augustus and ...
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Should we use “opinion of” or “opinion on”?

What preposition should we use after opinion? Which of the following is correct: What is your opinion on this book? What is your opinion of this book? Also, what is the correct way of ...
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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.