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When I want to say "Stop ranting on him!", is this grammatically correct?

I am confused about which preposition I should use with the word "rant/ranting"

  • No one preposition always goes with rant. What is your intended meaning, or what dictionary have you used to try to answer this? – TaliesinMerlin Feb 15 at 18:34
  • "About" is the usual usage. – remarkl Feb 15 at 18:35
  • @TaliesinMerlin I wanted to use it like "nagging". For example, "She nags me about sth" but if I want to change "nag" to "rant", how can I do it? – Poream3387 Feb 15 at 18:38
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    I’d say you can rant about someone/something, rant to someone about something, rant at someone. – Jim Feb 15 at 19:01
  • You are obviously learning English, so you are on the wrong site. You need English Language Learners. – David Feb 15 at 20:23
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Stop ranting at him!

Rant is usually an intransitive verb. It can be paired with several prepositional phrases to provide information about the ranting.

If you want to signal the target of the rant, or the person hearing it, consider at:

—used as a function word to indicate the goal of an indicated or implied action or motion

For example, the Merriam Webster thesaurus gives this collocation definition and example for rant (at):

to criticize (someone) severely or angrily especially for personal failings

Grandmother ranted at us for skipping the family holiday gathering in favor of a ski trip

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Merriam Webster considers rant to be an intransitive verb.

Definition

To describe the cause of the rant (object of annoyance), use the preposition about . Example:

"Stop ranting about him."

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