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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precondition + for / of / to - what's the difference?

This is my first post ever on this valuable forum! I'm at a loss, since I'm supposed correct students' exams, and I started doubting the grammar book's normatively exclusive use of the combination ...
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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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“Outside” or “outside of”?

The word rarely turns up outside that context. and The word rarely turns up outside of that context. Which one is correct and why?
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How do you explain the usage of “with”?

I'm looking for a logical explanation of how we use the preposition "with" in the following context: The company took the first place with their competition a distant second. North America ...
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Preposition with “protocol”

Which preposition should I use in the following sentences: User connects a portal ... HTTP protocol. Agent checks the server state ... HTTPS protocol. Via? Over? Something else?
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Into or at the source code? [on hold]

Should I say: I'll take a look into the source as soon as I move to testing.. or I'll take a look at the source as soon as I move to testing..
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“On” hard drive versus “in” memory

Why do American English speakers typically say something is "on the hard drive" when referring to data stored with a hard drive (or other permanent storage device) but when referring to something ...
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Is the “of” in “a lot of” a preposition?

Is "of" in "a lot of time" a preposition? I am working on a task about the identification of prepositions and their objects. I am not sure about "a lot of", and for some reason it seems unbreakable.
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Difference between “in” and “of” when used with the complement 'the department'

I used the following two expressions: in: students in the department of: students of the department What is the difference, if any, between them?
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Prepositions usage: 'in' vs 'for' a flexible beam

There is a topic for a scientific paper in which I think the usage of the preposition "in" is incorrect. The topic is titled as follows: Admissible Observation Operators in a Flexible Beam ...
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which prepotion could be used In or At? [on hold]

I'm attending a class right now how can i say that?I"m in a class right now! or I'm at class right now! which is correct.
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“Under the circumstances” [on hold]

Can I use "beneath the circumstances" except the version "under the circumstances.."? I'm askung so because I'm not a native English speaker😆.
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Is the sentence correct or not [on hold]

What I did was give my son the money. or What I did was to give my son the money
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When should I use “born to” vs. “born of”?

I want to shorten the sentence "Memories can only ever be created now." I'm debating between Memories are born of now. and Memories are born to now. The former sounds better, but is ...
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Resources to determine proper prepositions [on hold]

I find there is a lack in properly outlining the correct use of prepositions in online dictionaries. I often find myself wondering, for example, if I should use "originating from" or "originating in" ...
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When to drop the preposition [on hold]

Which sentence is correct: Attached is a memo regarding membership to and providing charge to... or Attached is a memo regarding membership and providing charge to...
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Increase or increase by? [on hold]

I wonder which is correct: The added value obtained per ha is increased by 2.7 times with irrigation or The added value obtained per ha is increased 2.7 times with irrigation
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For one week VS one week [on hold]

Which of these is the more common expression to say you'll be on holiday for a certain amount of time? I'm going on holiday for one week from next Wednesday (29th June) to 10th July. OR I'm ...
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What's the difference between “by night” and “at night”?

Oxford Dictionaries say by has the meaning of 6. indicating the period in which something happens: ‘this animal always hunts by night’ Then do we need to say, ‘Why does the sky glitter by night?...
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Do you teach to? [on hold]

I wonder if this is correct and if there is a better way of putting it. I teach, among other courses, applied mathematics to Bachelor of Science degree students at the first year level.
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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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see ON the images vs see IN the images [migrated]

As non native I struggle with in, on and at. I usually ask Google for help in cases like this, but here Google reports similar number of results for both options, so I'm not sure what is the best and ...
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Which preposition is correct IN or AT? [closed]

A: where were you yesterday? B: I was (in - at - both ) the concert.
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“Decide on” vs. “decide for”

What's the difference between "decide on something" and "decide for something"? For example, which preposition would you use in the following passage? After more than a decade of disagreement, ...
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Enamored of/with/by

It seems that "enamored" can be used with any of the prepositions "of", "with", and "by". What is the proper usage for each? This is the sentence I'm writing: The team, enamored with this new ...
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Is “now” a “preposition”?

My question starts from this question which asks about difference between currently and right now, which is not that complicated. However, in the middle of exchanging comments, I found a few points ...
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institutionalized + preposition?

I'm writing an essay on Reconstruction for English and stumbled into this problem. "the South had been heavily institutionalized ___ slavery" What would the correct preposition be in the blank? Into ...
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'wake up' or 'wake up at'? [migrated]

Which is correct? the time that you wake up at the time that you wake up
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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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Go to page OR Go at page

I have an easy question! In British English you open a book AT page 15, whereas in AE you open a book TO page 15. Another very similar expression we can use is:" open your book and go TO/AT page 15",...
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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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What is the meaning of “the party against whom enforcement is sought ” [closed]

I am An English language learner,I don't understand this sentence of "the party against whom enforcement is sought ".
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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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Can I substitute 'to' for 'for' here in order to not repeat 'for' twice [closed]

I'm trying to rewrite this sentence, can someone suggest a grammatically correct (and better) sentence: I was not prepared for his calm enthusiasm for my question. I'm thinking something like: ...
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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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Is it “expert in” or “expert on”?

When would you use "expert in" and when would you use "expert on"? A quick google search yields about the same for both, but I have a feeling "expert in" can occur in sentences somehow with a ...
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Does this adverb prepositional phrase modify the adverb, or vice versa?

The McGraw Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage (pg. 42) gives "We got there late in the evening" as an example of an adverb prepositional phrase ('in the evening') modifying an adverb ('late'). ...
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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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“Don't use FOR children” or “Don't use IN children” [closed]

Which sentence is correct? Don't use FOR children. or Don't use IN children. In reference to medical preparation.
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'By' vs 'in' before agent in passive voice sentence [closed]

I would like to know if there is any difference in meaning when you use "by" or "in" before the agent in the passive voice sentence. The active voice: This shop sells all the vegetables. ...
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Use “of” or “for” with Institute, Department, Office…?

When should which be used and what's the difference? Department of XYZ or Department for XYZ Institute of ABC or Institute for ABC Federal Office of... or Federal Office for... Is there any sort ...
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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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Is it proper to combine prepositions using conjunctions?

I have come across the issue of wanting to use both two prepositions to describe a subject. This is not a common issue, judging by the lack of information regarding it. This is an example of the type ...
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Which is more appropriate — “I work for” or “I work at”?

If you are working as an employee at an organization, when you tell about it to others which usage would be more appropriate? I work for company. I work at company. Or are both usages ...
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“Match with” or “Match”

I read some threads about using match but I could not reach a conclusion on whether I have to use match or "match with," or "match to" in my context: The experiment showed that the results ...
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Does “towed out the hangar” violate any grammar rules? [closed]

"The plane was towed out of the hangar." "The plane was towed out the hangar." I found myself writing that second sentence because it's shorter and seems to flow better. Does it violate any grammar ...
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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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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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Do I tell time “by” the Sun, or “from” the Sun? Or both? And what about the shadows of the trees? [closed]

So, I ran across this quote: Early men didn't have clocks. They told time by the sun and shadows of the trees. And it provoked a doubt in me: I think I have heard native speakers use "tell time ...
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Omitting the word “for”

Is there a difference in meaning between these two? Services must be paid. Services must be paid for.