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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What is the role/function and origin of “to” being used in the idiomatic phrases “there's something to him/her/it” & “there's nothing to him/her/it”?

"something to him/her/it" Google Books (to him): Google Books (to her): Google Books (to it): The phrase meaning "there's something (with respect to/about) him/her/it (that is observable/...
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“contribution {to|toward|towards} ‹gerund phrase›” in AmE in a non-monetary sense

I would like to understand which preposition to use with "contribution" when it is used in a non-monetary sense in American English in the case when the preposition is followed by a gerund phrase. My ...
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“Act in a certain way” or “act a certain way”

When I should put "in" after the verb "act"? I occasionally see some don't put "in" between "act" and "a certain way". Example: "But you must act in a certain way, so that you can appropriate what ...
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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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To (preposition) + Gerund

He agrees to doing/do her work because she helped him earlier. I agree to go/going there. I agreed to leaving/leave home earlier. In my opinion, gerunds shall be used after "to (preposition)" in the ...
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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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What is the appropriate preposition of “Radio programme”?

So, in this sentence I listened to this conversation (On - In) a radio programme. What is the appropriate preposition to use?
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On or upon execution?

To be specific, I want to write something like: "Afterwards, on execution of the script, the solver is compiled and new dependency list files are generated." or "Afterwards, upon execution ...
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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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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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Wha is the difference between the two cases of preposition use?

I was just reading something that used the phrase He was studying about civil war history. The author probably meant either "He was learning about civil war history" or "He was studying civil ...
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People can agree to doing this work

Is it correct to say "people can agree to doing this work"? I have always seen people saying "people can agree to do this work", I don't know if this sentence is correct because I think that to is a ...
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Diversify the preposition “by” in “model X by smth.”

Which prepositions can be used with the verb "model" when speaking about something being an abstract description of something else? As an example, let us consider the following sentences: The ...
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“Starting…tomorrow” or “starting…from tomorrow”?

Is this context correct? "We will be starting the execution tomorrow" Or should it rather be "We will be starting the execution from tomorrow"?
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on the usage of “put hopes…”

I am editing subtitles (for a language I know nearly nothing about). The original subtitlers(sp?) were not native English speakers, and as a result there are many corrections to make. This means that ...
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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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“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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Prepositions before participle clauses

I am currently studying participle clauses that have adverbial meaning, and was faced with something that I'm having a hard time understanding. In "Advanced Grammar In Use," the book I'm studying ...
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“at” or “with”--which is correct?

Which is correct---or are they both correct? I am angry at the boss. I am angry with the boss. I am upset at the boss. I am upset with the boss.
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Does “the wind pushed it on with the others” mean?

does "the tiny seed is flying very low, but the wind pushed it on with the others" mean 1) "the tiny seed is flying very low and the others is flying high and the wind pushed the only tiny seed on." ...
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Difference in meaning between “taking it out on you” and “taking it out you”?

What is the difference in meaning between "taking it out on you" and "taking it out you" in the sentence "You’re stuffing the wrong things into your stomach, and your stomach is taking it out on you" ?...
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What is the correct preposition: on or in?

Is it “on WhatsApp” or “in WhatsApp”? Like, “text on WhatsApp” or “text in WhatsApp”? Please, can anyone clear up this doubt of mine. P.S I know it's on in case of Facebook but is it on for ...
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manufacturing process vs process for manufacturing

Question: Is it idiomatic to say "a manufacturing process of/for a high-precision lens" in place of "a process for manufacturing a high-precision lens"? In connection with this question, I've ...
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Which sentence is more appropriate grammatically?

I was typing an e-mail. The confusion is between preposition "enroll in" and "enroll at". In which sentence has this preposition "enroll" been used correctly? I have enrolled in a university. I ...
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pay attention at + gerund

Is this sentence correct, in regards to the use of pay attention "at" instead of pay attention "to"? They should pay more attention at identifying and rewarding skilled resources and talent, by ...
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Preposition at the end of a question

Are the prepositions at the end of these sentences necessary? And why/why not? Where are you at? Where did it originate from? Where did you come from?
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Preposition choice adjectives

What's the right sentence ? People were embarrassed OF the result of their team who played badly or People were embarrassed BY the result of their team who played badly ? Thank you so much
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Usage of the word “as”

Is it okay to use a single "as" in a sentence? "Before, the government would always intervene. Now, it isn't as involved." Or should I say: "In the past, the government would always intervene. Now, ...
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In and Out : Differently uses prepositions

Why does "out" take a preposition while "in" doesn't? Like in: I'm out of this game and I'm in this game
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By option? Per option?

When we try to decide which item to buy, we measure each potential selection against the criteria most important to us (quality, cost, etc), and choose the option that most accurately meets our needs. ...
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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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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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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 program....
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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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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" ...