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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“Back at his house in…” vs “back in his house in…”

What's the correct form? Or at least the most commonly used? I found both instances in Google Books: On the journey home and back in his house in Scy Chazelles Schuman gave the plan his ...
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Usage of 'out of' at the beginning of a sentence

Is it possible to use 'out of' in the sense of 'from among' at the beginning of a sentence? Would the examples below sound grammatical and natural with use of 'out of'in this sense? This story ...
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send you or send it to you?

Please, which phrase is correct: I have already finished the new recording; I will send you right now. I will send it to you right now.
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“Studying PhD at the university” or “studying PhD in the university”?

Which of these two sentences is correct: I am studying PhD at the university. I am studying PhD in the university. Should I use "at" or "in"? Or is there no difference?
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Can we use the preposition “for” in this manner?

Is it possible to use the preposition "for" with the perfect infinitive? Like so: It must really be hot in here for her to have taken so many clothes off. It must really be a serious matter for him ...
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Multiple preposition in a sentence [duplicate]

I would like to use both insert and remove in the same sentence. However, I would like to know how I will use the prepositions because the verbs have different prepositions into/from. There are some ...
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Usage of preposition 'in'

Which is the correct form of the following caption for a photo: Night beauty in St Petersburg St Petersburg night beauty Or does the right sentence have to be "A night beauty in St ...
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“I'm a student at UCLA” or “I'm a student in UCLA”?

Sounds simple, but I've always been confused. I am also not sure about using the definite article, like “I'm a student in/at the UCLA.” Is that normative American English? Thanks for your help.
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Choosing a preposition: A train TO/FOR class

What is the correct preposition to use in this case? For example, in the sentence "I usually study in the park before taking the train for class", should we replace the for with to? Or are they both ...
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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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Is “despite” outdated?

A friend of mine, a respected linguist, mentioned recently that "despite" (prep) is outdated. Whilst it is true that I hardly ever hear someone using the word in ordinary conversation, I still hear ...
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“I weigh about 5 lbs.”

This stems from a discussion over on ELL which has moved beyond being useful to second-language learners. In short, consider the sentence: I weigh about 5 pounds. What part of speech is ...
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Are these wordiness defects cases of syntactic pleonasm?

While critiquing a certain document, I noticed frequent instances of a kind of wordiness. Whereas I could have simply corrected each instance, I wanted to cite for the writer a general rule for ...
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What part of speech is 'closer' functioning as in 'I moved closer'?

'I moved closer.' At face value, 'closer' seems to be acting like an adjective; however, I don't see anything in the sentence to which it can refer. A friend suggested that 'to move closer', 'to ...
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What is the exact meaning of 'beneath'? [migrated]

In my county, I learned that beneath means the underside. When the ball sticks to the base of the table, we say that the ball is beneath the table.Is that right? I want to know the exact meaning of ...
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Confused about the use of “to” in a quote

The former Manchester United star has now hit a record 25 La Liga hat-tricks and has 45 goals this term to lead Lionel Messi by three in the race for the Pichichi. I am confused as to the ...
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Prepositional madness! Of, or in?

This has been bothering me for the last day or so. Would you say: "I have a mind to send him a strongly-worded letter, just to see if he can read five words of it." Or: "I have a mind to ...
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“Nobody will help you but me” vs. “Nobody will help you but I”

As has been shown in another question, in comparisons with than both the accusative and the nominative are possible and grammatical: He loves you more than I. He loves you more than me. ...
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“Pain to” vs. “pain in”

Is it correct to say: He couldn't stand for long because of pain to his leg. or should it be: He couldn't stand for long because of pain in his leg. or are both acceptable, or is neither?
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Prior to: correct use [closed]

What is correct? Please correct your letter prior to send it. Please correct your letter prior sending it. Please correct your letter prior to sending it.
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“Prospects of” or “Prospects for” a new project?

The title more or less says it all. In particular, I'm considering the title of a presentation or short article. I'll say that it's a discussion of new discoveries that might come from pursuing a ...
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Is “offer something someone” without “to” in between correct?

I interpret the latter part of the following sentence to mean "and are quite unprepared to offer the priority seats to those whom the seats are meant for." If this is correct, "to" seems to be missing ...
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During a visit or on a visit

Which phrase is correct or are they both correct? "I bought this ring during my visit to France". "I bought this ring on my visit to France".
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“When I think to”

Yesterday I saw in a poster ad the following phrase "When I think to Modena, I recall ...". Now, IMHO it should be "think of" or "think about"; sadly, it looks like a terrible Google translation of ...
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“There is the man.” Is *there* an adverb or pronoun?

According to Dictionary.com there adverb in or at that place (opposed to here ): She is there now. pronoun (used to introduce a sentence or clause in which ...
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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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“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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“walking for five o'clock every morning.” “for”? Why not “at five o'clock”?

I'm reading a book on philosophical puzzles and problems. At a certain point, it reads: "Descartes had a lifetime habit of staying in bed till 11.00 a.m. After only a few months in the cold ...
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“Dance it out” or “dance it off”? [closed]

If the one wanted to, for example, dance to forget about problems/to unload, should we colloquially say 'dance it off' or 'dance it out'?
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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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study comedy “at” or “in” the XYZ theater

I will study comedy at XYZ theater Sounds more intuitive. Which one is grammatically correct and why?
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Import and export preposition usage

Consider the following phrases: The car was imported from Detroit. The car was exported from Detroit. The car was imported to Detroit. The car was exported to Detroit. Are these all semantically ...
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In the phrasal verb 'put up', what is the meaning of 'up'?

In the dictionary, I wrote that 'up'means 'up,perfectly'. Then what is the meaning of 'up' in this sentence below? 'I put up at the cheap hotel.'
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“In” and “and” when describing a relation

I recently noticed this in various titles of things (books, articles, etc.): Language and the brain Technology and society These make sense and are grammatical, but why not use in in ...
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Why can you 'ask somebody', but must 'enquire/query OF somebody'?

[ODO:] [1.] ask something of somebody [2.] ask somebody something [ODO:] [3.] enquire something of somebody = (formal) to ask somebody something Why does 'ask' NOT require a ...
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Rule for using “for” vs. “to”

A Brazilian friend speaks English very well, but has a very unique habit: it seems often that she needs to use "for" but she instead uses "to", and vice-versa. For instance: The present is to ...
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Usage of 'on' preposition before words like 'next'/'previous'

As I found out on the internet and this site, usually the preposition on before words like week/month name or just in a phrase such as: [something-something] next week is not used. However, I ...
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To be about; to be all about

I have a nagging feeling "to be all about" is vastly different than its "all"-less counterpart. This game is all about teamwork. To me this means the very basis, the fundamental element of this ...
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'Next Monday' or 'on next Monday'?

Is there any preposition before "next week"? Is it "I would send you the proposal next Monday", or "...on next Monday"?
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Do we use “in” or “on” when discussing months? [closed]

Which of the below is correct? He graduated in March 1990. He graduated on March 1990.
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Apply to a university to study/for studying..?

I'm writing my CV and do not know how to correctly say that: * After I graduated from X (//X is a high school), I applied to a university to study chemistry and also computer systems. * I'm ...
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Proselytize to?

I'm writing a sentence about a person who tries to convert a city to a faith, and differentiating that from a person who tries to convert an individual. "while a (some specific terminology) is ...
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Correct preposition for “porch”

I would like to know whether 'I park my car 'on the porch' or 'in the porch' is correct?
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About the usage of “with” in “There are grey goos everywhere, with many consuming the haemocoels of tardigrades”

Is the sentence below grammatical? There are a lot of people, with many wearing tuxedos. There are some cute teenage girls in the club, with many of them being PhD graduates in topological ...
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In text, 'I believe in you.',What is the meaning of 'in'?

I saw the sentence like 'I believe in you.'while reading the book. I want to know the meaning of preposition 'in' in this sentence.
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demanded by or demanded for

I doubt about the correct preposition here. Which sentence should I use if it is the engineers themselves who are clamouring for the equipment? This instrument is highly demanded for engineers ...
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“You've been living here [for] too long”

Is it correct to say "You've been living here for too long"? Or is it better to drop the for? "You've been living here too long." Is either preferrable over the other for some reason?
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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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Carry “on camping”

A private student's story contained the cited line below, and it sounded awkward and strange. “I was on camping with my family” You can go on holiday, but you can't go on camping. Similarly, ...