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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Deterioration in vs deterioration of

Is it better to say, 'the injury caused a deterioration in his physical function', or 'the injury caused a deterioration of his physical functioning'?
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Place of “either” for different propositions

I want to work on either X or Y. I have to change that sentence this way: I want to work either on X or in the realm of Y. Is there any problem with it? I am doubtful about the proper ...
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Countries “of the world” or “in the world”

How should I say: There are many threats faced by almost all countries IN the world or There are many threats faced by almost all countries OF the world I used to say "IN the world". ...
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The meaning of “going over” something

I'm fond of old especially folk songs, but as a foreigner I often have troubles interpreting some phrases. Here is one from Wayfaring stranger: I'm going there to see my father I'm going there no ...
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Is there a comprehensive look at articles of dress and their prepositions

As mentioned in the title, I'm looking for a comprehensive answer to the question of which prepositions go with different articles of clothing: e.g., in/with a tie; in/with a hat; in/with gloves, ...
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correct usage and punctuation of a nonrestrictive clause with which?

S1: John was a worker at Bread Store, of which I was the manager, when he lived here. S2: John was a worker at Bread Store, which I was the manager of, when he lived here. What's the correct usage? ...
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“Provided to us” or “Provided us”?

Both the sentences/fragments below appear to be grammatical. Thanks for the help you have provided to us in the planning Thanks for the help you have provided us in the planning Is there ...
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Recommended sources for understanding the spatial and abstract meanings of English prepositions

Can anyone recommend to me a good book and any other sources where I can study in detail the spatial and abstract meanings of English prepositions? Since I am a visual learner, I would love to find ...
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“To How” or “In How”?

I have the sentence: "Since that experience, I have made changes to how I address all of my courses." Should I use "to how" or "in how" for any grammatical reason(s), or is it simply a matter of ...
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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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What does it mean “off one's look”

I've come across the following passage in a script. PERSON 1: And tomatoes are actually berries! The others look at him with annoyed confusion. PERSON 1: (off their looks) What? It’s ...
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Aptitude for or in

Aptitude in carrying out the qualitative analysis of financial parameters of companies’ performances has also paved my path. Do I use "in" or "for" with aptitude? I am a little confused about the ...
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What proposition work with the phrase “be upset”

I know that is correctly a) "I am upset with John", b) "I am upset about smth". Questions: Does choice a) mean that both of us are upset on each other, or it work only one way b) Is there any ...
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What preposition should be used with “map”, “in” or “on”? (please see my examples)

How about in these examples: 1.) I can't find Singapore in/on the map. 2.) There are almost two hundred countries in/on the map.