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37 views

Is “help out” an inappropriate phrase? [closed]

I have seen statements like: She helped out her grandmother. OR The boy was helping out in the laundry. But, does it make any sense to have the “out” there? Is it even incorrect, in spite ...
2
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1answer
102 views

conceived of as vs. conceived as

When I want to write that some something has been "taken to mean" or "understood" or "interpreted as" XYZ, I sometimes use the phrase "to conceive of something as XYZ, where XYZ usually is a longer ...
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1answer
40 views

“Happened to” or “Happened for”

If I am explaining and listing events that happened to someone or concern them in some way, should I say: This is a list of events that happened to person x. or This is a list of events ...
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6answers
137 views

“At schedule” vs. “by schedule” vs. “on schedule”

Let's assume that I wash my car every Saturday at noon. How do I say it using the word schedule: I wash my car at/by/on schedule. Update: It's not about doing something on a regular basis. It's ...
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1answer
44 views

“Course in/on/of/for nursing specialty”

Which preposition would be the correct one? the course in/on/of/for nursing speciality
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2answers
85 views

Is 'of' as in 'drink of' an old usage?

I drank of the jar. Is this 'of' an old usage? But I can't find the proof for that.
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2answers
60 views

The use of “though”

I'd like to know why the use of though in this sentence is wrong. Besides this he just gives money to the man and lets him walk away though of his bad injuries.
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2answers
115 views

“Martyr To” vs “Martyr For”

This book specifies the difference as: martyr for something: smb. who is made to suffer severely for a cause martyr to something: smb. who is acutely inflicted by something Oxford ...
2
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2answers
315 views

Which is more grammatically correct - “performance in” or “performance on”?

Which of the following is more grammatically correct? a. John's performance on the test shocked the teacher. (or) b. John's performance in the test shocked the teacher.
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1answer
389 views

How do you use “knack” in a sentence?

On this post here, it says: Another word which comes to my mind is "Knack". It can be used to show how someone has a specific talent. Again as an example - Tim is good with musical ...
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1answer
72 views

One Step To Backward - Should I Use “To”? Or Avoid it? [closed]

One Step To Backward - Should I Use "To"? Or Avoid it? One Step To Backward. One Step Backward.
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1answer
725 views

implement something for/in/on/with something?

Which preposition is correct to use in the following sentence?: Implementation of this technique for/in/on/with complex objects is complicated (meaning: it is complicated to apply this technique ...
0
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3answers
143 views

“To mentor someone during a project” vs. “to mentor someone on a project”

..., whom I mentored during his final semester's project. ..., whom I mentored on his final semester's project. Which of these two is grammatically correct? Since I am not talking about ...
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2answers
813 views

When is 'over and above' used?

When is the expression 'over and above' used instead of just 'over' or just 'above'?
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2answers
259 views

How to use the word 'contrary'?

Is it right to say contrary to our interest to reduce the size of the paper I want to say that we want to reduce the size of the paper but we cannot do it, due to specific reasons.
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3answers
867 views

“provide” vs. “provide with”

I am wondering if the following sentence is correct: We add the information their study provides with to our article. The context is: their study provides with some information. And we add the ...
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1answer
74 views

Usage of “odyssey” and “splendid”

I started my odyssey on the splendid world of mathematics when... Is this a right way to use the word "odyssey"? Is "odyssey on sth." correct? Can I use "splendid" to describe the world of ...
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0answers
9 views

Placement of preposition [duplicate]

Which of the following is the correct placement of of - 1) Separate the subject from the group which he is a part of. 2) Separate the subject from the group of which he is a part.
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2answers
97 views

“Protagonist in” or “protagonist of”? [closed]

If I were to write an intro for a protagonist in say, a game, would I say he/she is the "protagonist of [title]" or the "protagonist in [title]"? Or does it matter?
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1answer
477 views

What is the proper preposition for “(job title) in / at / of (company name)”?

I am writing a cover letter for my job application, and I am not sure which preposition is proper to use at a sentence as below. "Hereby, I am applying for the position of AAA (position title) in BBB ...
0
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2answers
480 views

“off of the counter” vs “off the counter” [duplicate]

Is the word of necessary? For example: Take the towel off of the counter. vs. Take the towel off the counter.
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1answer
169 views

Is “along” correct in “You were the best along with person X and Y”?

You were the best along with person X and person Y. When I want to tell someone that he was one of the best in the group of people, but not the only one, can I use the word along? Or is together ...
0
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1answer
5k views

When to use “include” and “including”?

I know that include is a verb while including is a preposition but they made me confuse when it comes to their usage. I usually confuse when to use include with including. Most Thais like ...
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2answers
434 views

Which meaning is more common for expressions like “over the bridge”? [closed]

While asking for the location of my airport’s window in the United States, I was told that it was over the bridge. My first impression was that it must be above the bridge, but since there was ...
2
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2answers
1k views

What are “up” and “down” in “up there” and “down there”?

"Up there" and "down there" are two of the most frequent expressions that I, myself, use often. I really don't know whether they are just expressions used to refer to a place to go ("I went down ...
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3answers
695 views

where to position the preposition in the phrase: “not only… but also”

I have the following sentences, of which I don't know whether the prepositions are correctly positioned: The solution depends not only on Condition A, but also on Condition B. But when C happens, ...
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1answer
174 views

For the current vs in the current [closed]

I'm in doubt about the right preposition in the quoted sentence, may I use in or for here interchangeably ? Or, each one gives a different meaning to the sentence ? A worker exists that has at ...
3
votes
3answers
6k views

Cause for vs cause of

I read this sentence somewhere today, but I think that the of would fit better here than for, don't you think? The cause for the original problem will be analysed in the normal maintenance hours. ...
0
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1answer
157 views

Word order again?

I have been thinking about word order and its meaning, thus when we have for instance: Planet of the apes or Apes planet Proposal for extra work or Extra work proposal Which is the more ...
4
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4answers
182 views

Prepositions used with “renovation”

I've been asked to approve a bronze plaque reading "Capital improvements and renovation to this organ were made possible by...." The organ builders objected that "renovation to" is a barbarism. It ...
9
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3answers
51k views

“Consist in” vs. “consist of”

I would like to have this clear once and for all: What is the correct use of consist in / consist of? "Meditation consists in/of attentive watchfulness." "The body consists in/of cells." ...
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1answer
534 views

Using “on” vs. “in”? [closed]

Consider the following sentence: I am developing an application to be installed on Android. And this: This has been a major flaw in Android... To be clear I am unsure of the usage of "in" ...
5
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1answer
251 views

Preposition to use with “concordance”

Do you say concordance of A and B, concordance of A with B, concordance between A and B, or something else?
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2answers
2k views

What is the meaning of “upon” here?

In the New York Times: "And it worked — boy, did it work. Visitors flooded Hulu upon its public opening in March 2008." Dictionary.com: 4. immediately or very soon after 5. on the ...
9
votes
5answers
11k views

“Know about” vs. “know of”

Recently one of my friends told me that there is distinct difference between 'know of something' and 'know about something' expressions. 'know of' is used when you have personal experience with what ...
6
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2answers
12k views

Which phrase is correct: “dependent on” or “dependent upon”

Which sentence is correct?  my project is dependent upon your project completing my project is dependent on your project completing.
5
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3answers
11k views

What general rules govern the usage of “by” versus “through”?

What general rules govern the usage of by versus through? For example, which is correct in each of these cases: My house is heated by/through gas. I'll send it to you by/through mail. I'll ...
9
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4answers
7k views

What preposition should one use with “redundant”?

I realize it's usually better to just say "A and B are redundant". But, I've also seen A is redundant with B ... to B ... of B all with basically the same intended meaning. Are any of these more ...
11
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3answers
4k views

“Before” vs. “in front of”

Especially in speeches I often hear a sentence like I stand here before you... However during my English classes in school (I'm German) we were told that before should only be used if you're ...