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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Is there a solid reference/rule on when not to put article after 'of'

I have not found any articles or documentation on this, the only thing close to it is this Zero article after "of" in "a change of place" thread which only has a single answer ...
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“On holiday” vs “on the holiday”

Which of them should I use? I go to the club on holiday. I go to the club on the holiday.
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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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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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University AT city name

I was wondering if anyone would care to explain why some universities use AT in their names (University of Illinois AT Chicago/ University AT Buffalo) when the preposition used with cities is usually ...
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“The grades I have earned in/on/during my exchange semester”?

I guess the title explains my dilemma fully :) (perhaps it's important to note I'm writing an US English text). Thanks a lot!
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Is “away” an adverb in “He ran away”. Also, is it an Object?

Is 'away' the object of the verb 'ran' in: I ran away ... or is it an adverb modifying the verb 'ran'? It seems to be obligatory, which may indicate that it's a phrasal verb as ODO has a ...
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Usage of from, in and at with reference to place of learning

I am slightly confused about the usage of "from" "at" and "in". He was born in England He studied at XXX School, Delhi He did his schooling from XXX School, Delhi All of these seem to be ...
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What part of speech is “on” in the phrase “Bring it on home (to me)”?

If I had to guess I'd say it's an adverb, modifying the verb "bring," but it seems like it could also be interpreted as a preposition with "home" as the object. Both? Neither? Thanks for any help.
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After verbs, how does 'from' compare with 'of'?

(TL;DR) 1. I've been plagued by the postverbal use of the preposition 'of'. After verbs, when describing attributes like origin or source, what are the differences between 'from' and 'of'? The verbs ...
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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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Is it recommended to include a preposition when listing several components of a sentence in parallel?

Consider the sample sentence below (quoted from a manual Here): When you evaluate a list, the Lisp interpreter looks at the first symbol in the list and then at the function definition bound to ...
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Is it ok to say “she would like to spend some time with herself?”

For the question, She said that she would like to spend some time ____. She wanted us to leave her alone. The given answer is "by herself"; is "with herself" ok?
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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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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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different from vs. different to vs. different 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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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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Can “for” and “by” be used interchangeably with a gerund?

Is it correct to say "You can earn rewards for participating in the company's wellness program?" I'm inclined to change it to "You can earn rewards by participating in the company's wellness ...
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at / on/ in (the) (Math) exam

I think it is common to say I did well on the exam in AmE. I did well in the exam in BrE. Which prepositions are suitable for the following situations in which if we mention the exam we ...
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Is there any difference between 'to affiliate with' and 'to affiliate to'?

When I was looking up the word 'affiliate', the dictionary offered the example sentences which I've been really confused from. The actual meaning of the word 'affiliate' is to cause a group to ...
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Which are the correct prepositions before the word “year” in the following phrase?

In the phrase, "on Saturday the twenty-third day of April in the year two thousand and sixteen" Is it more correct to say "in the year two thousand and sixteen" or "in the year of two thousand ...
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An exercise of in, on and at (time), Oxford Practice Grammar 2nd unit 120

The exercise is as follows. We're leaving ___ half past, and you haven't even changed. My answer is in. However, the reference answer is at. The sentence seems that we are about to leave in 30 ...
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Use of preposition 'for'

Is the usage of the word 'for' correct in the following sentence: I am on preplanned leave for tomorrow.
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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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Which preposition is best: Efficacy of a model in predicting or efficacy of a model for predicting?

I'd like to use this phrase in a sentence, but I'm not sure whether 'in' or 'for' is more appropriate: Efficacy of a model in predicting Efficacy of a model for predicting Example: what is the ...
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“OF” between the subject and the verb “seem”?

When reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," I came across the sentences as following: "'They of seem so helpless and frail. But there are none in the forest so bright as these.'" What is this "of" ...
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preposition with.. 'care' for/about

Which one should I use? I care for/about you. He does not care for/about his health. And what exactly is the difference between the two while using them?
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Cracking your head to find OR Cracking your head over?

Which is the right way to say it? Got caught in a disagreement over this blog title. Example usage: Cracking your head to find the perfect Christmas gifts? Vs Cracking your head over the ...
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How would one specify that Noun 2 in “[Prepositional phrase] [Noun 1] and [Noun 2]” is not an object of the prepositional phrase?

I will give an example of this problem. In fact, this example is the reason why I am asking! I am blending a quote taken from a book into an assignment on which I am currently working. (Don't worry, I ...
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Proper preposition in 'Are you busy coming week?'

When I make a sentence: Are you busy coming week? which preposition should I put between busy and coming week?
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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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How to use “have an impact”?

I was wondering whether saying "have an impact" instead of "have an impact on" is idiomatically correct. "He aspired to have an impact through education and hard work."
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What are the differences between “come on down” and “come down”?

"I answered the phone in my apartment and heard the sloping drawl of one of my students , Travis." Miss Diana, " he said, "Could you come on down the stairs a minute?" It was early May on the ...
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“Of” used to used for saying which specific thing belonging to a more general type you are referring to

"Of" can be used to describe the relationship between two close things, one thing being kind of an explanatory element. And gerund is frequently used. For example: The idea of getting into the ...
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Proper use of a comma before a preposition

Experts, after some research, I am still unable to determine if the following is proper: I wanted to see if you could, as they say in the industry, give me a "sanity check" on what I have done. ...
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Verb groups and phrasal verbs

Here's a quick one: In the (potential) verb phrase 'had competed for [gaining control]' (I know it's not very elegant) is 'competed for' a phrasal verb or does 'for' begin a prepositional group with ...
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prepositional phrases used as nouns

Looking for examples of prepositional phrases that function as nouns. This example has been given: 'After three o'clock would be more convenient for me.' 'After three o'clock' serves as the subject. ...
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Say below in case the objects are touching each other

I am implemening an Andoird app where the activity has map view and below it, I have small area to display some information about the markers in the map. The map and this area are touching. ...
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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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Can I treat “after” in this sentence as a conjunction instead of a preposition?

I met up a choice question recently: The boy dived into the water and after ___ seemed to be a long time, he came up again. A.what B.that C.it D.which The answer says A is correct. According ...
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“Enquire from someone” vs “enquire with someone”

Which is the correct sentence from these two? Can you enquire from her? Can you enquire with her? I tried to search the internet but most results talk about the difference between ...
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Usage of “from” in the given sentence

I was reading about the Los Caprichos collection by Goya and specifically one sentence drew my attention: "the innumerable foibles and follies to be found in any civilized society, and from the ...
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Usage of prepositions

I've come across this sentence: Its current market value would astound its builders, but then so would much else about its leafy neighborhood. I understand that the builders would be astounded ...
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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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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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prepositions “in” and “at” with school subjects

I came across a phrase: "My brother is first in Maths" Is it possible to say "he is first at Maths" instead of "he is first in Maths"? I thought that I should say "at" when I speak about somebody's ...
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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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when “near” could be considered incorrect grammatically or semantically

Let's verify the word "nearby" is part of a constituent NP in the OP's #2 example: OP.2a. I live in a town nearby. <-- OP's #2 example it-clefts: OP.2b. It is [in a town nearby] that I live. ...
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Should it be on or over?

From Aljazeera News: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the kingdom is ready "to take necessary measures if needed" over Yemen's political crisis, after denouncing Iran's alleged role in the ...
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Function of “about”- practised physiotherapy for about 6 months

I practised physiotherapy for about 6 months. I understand that "about" can take forms such as an adv, adj, preposition. Though I can rephrase the sentence, however, I am curious to find out ...