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Can prepositions and verbs have an indirect object(s) or is the object of a verb(s) or preposition(s) always direct? [closed]

This is something I have always wondered, but I have been struggling with the subject-object thing for too long a time now, I can still very much in English learner.
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When the adjective 'suited' is followed by a verb, should this verb be in the infinitive or in the -ing form?

Here are some example sentences from different dictionaries. With her qualifications and experience, she would seem to be ideally suited to/for the job. (Cambridge online dictionary) This was ...
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In order of appearance “in” or “on” the chain

I want to say array that stores positions of nucleotides in order of appearance in (or is it on?) the S chain. I know it sounds too specific as a genetics kind of question, but is just for a ...
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Adverb of place vs prepositions

Keep the book right on the table. Keep the food down on the floor. Are the words right and down working as adverbs or prepositions here? If they're adverbs, what do they modify? If they're ...
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“go to” vs “go for” vs “go on”

What's the difference between "go to", "go for" and "go on"? When can we use each of them? For example: books.google.ru: 1. At the age of ten my teacher suggested I should go for an audition at ...
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Function of object of preposition [duplicate]

Consider the sentence "What is the probability of Bob winning?" What is the function of "Bob winning"? It's certainly acting as the object of the preposition, but I don't recognize this type of ...
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The gerund and its complementation

In what cases does the gerund stemming from a transitive verb take the direct object of that verb and when is a prepositional complement used? For example: Brown's deft painting of his daughter is ...
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Where should an adverb be positioned when converting from active to passive? [closed]

Please consider this example sentence: Karen spoke rudely to the manager. Should the corresponding sentence rearranged into the passive be: The manager was spoken rudely to by Karen. The manager ...
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“Instead of ʏᴏᴜʀ calling” vs “Instead of ʏᴏᴜ calling” [duplicate]

Which is better: Instead of your calling, maybe I should do it. Instead of you calling, maybe I should do it. I feel like the first one is the better choice here because instead of needs a gerund, ...
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How is “Scope of Work” pluralized: “Scopes of Work” or “Scope of Works”?

If a title of a thing has a prepositional phrase in it, does the plural form pluralize the subject or the object of the preposition, i.e. 'Scope of Work', is the plural form 'Scopes of Work', or '...
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ambiguous object of prepositional phrase?

What is the object of the prepositional phrase along with... in this sentence, I was in the first wave of implementation, along with eighteen million other vampires, witches, ghouls, werewolves, feral ...
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When i quote you from him you do not listen but when i quote you from Einstein you listen [closed]

Feeling great to join this network. I appreciate it. I have a question: is it better to use the word quote or cite in such situation talking with a hypocrite person? "When I quote you from him ...
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How can I use prepositions differently not normally?

I have seen some complex sentences, having complex grammar of prepositions. For example: “T is the temperature to which the accumulated distillate stream, formed in previous effects, cools down to ...
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Why is 'immune' used with 'to'?

A recent news item reported : ... they are also concerned about his argument in a 2009 legal article that a sitting president should be immune to prosecution. The OED states that the adjective '...
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Meaning and usage of ‘other than’? [closed]

I have questions about 'other than'... She couldn’t do anything about her bad luck other than suffer through it. 1) What’s the exact meaning and usage of 'other than' in this sentence? 2) Isn’t ...
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Is the phrase “the ease at which / the ease by which …” correct

1) ** Is it correct to follow "ease" with "at which" such as in "The **ease at which you can carry this bag depends on the angle you hold it from" 2) Does anyone have a good source recommendation ...
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Use of the preposition “by” along with “which” [duplicate]

There is a difference in the difficulty by which the two different objects can be lifted up. Is "by" correct here? Does "difficulty by which" sound natural? is there maybe a better alternative? ...
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Indirect object pronoun before direct object

I have seen a few people say that indirect objects that are in the form of a pronoun should be placed before the direct object in a sentence. Why is that? I didn’t know it mattered. For example: “I ...
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Is it grammatically correct to place the object of preposition before the preposition? [duplicate]

In conversation, it's normal to say: What time do you have to be at the train station by? Note: What time do you have to be at the train station vs What time do you have to be at the train station ...
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How can I phrase this sentence so that it doesn't end in a preposition?

Whenever possible, I like to avoid ending sentences with prepositions because some people can be very picky about it. However, I am struggling with this one sentence in particular: "The hypothesis ...
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Preposition + relative clause - “This is the house about which I told you.”

This is the house about which I told you. In the above sentence, the relative pronoun "which" is considered to be the prepositional complement of the preposition "about". 1.) If the relative pronoun ...
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Is the second “on” necessary in this sentence?

“It still makes economic sense” to put on as much weight on as efficiently as you can, to minimize losses” feedlot owner Tom Fanning told Bloomberg. https://www.voanews.com/a/mht-good-news-for-burger-...
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How to use apostrophe with plural object of preposition [duplicate]

Which apostrophe is correct? (There are multiple dogs.) One of the dogs' tails One of the dog's tails I believe it is the former but I'm not 100% certain. I found absolutely no guidance on ...
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A question about sentence-structure and relative clause

Here is the sentence. According to economic signaling theory, consumers may perceive the frequency with which an unfamiliar brand is advertised as a cue that the brand is of high quality. I have ...
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“On a Desert” or “In a Desert” and Common Usage

I was reading to my daughter the other night and came across an awkward passage in Crockett Johnson's "Harold's Trip to the Sky": "There was nothing to see. He was in the middle of a desert. No ...
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Which preposition should follow “sympathies”

I want to ask an organization: Does your organization have any sympathies __ [such and such ideology (X)]. Which preposition should follow "sympathies?" I was thinking "to" might work, as if ...
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What is the sense of “bosom labouring” here? [closed]

I've just came a cross the following sentence: It seemed to breathe from a bosom labouring under the deadliest terror. and can't puzzle out the meaning of this two words combined together in this ...
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Correct grammar / style for segments that share the same (lengthy) prepositional object

I'm having trouble with a sentence that uses two (or more) prepositional phrases, which share the same prepositional object. For example, I would like to turn these two statements: A main theme in ...
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the door to his room

I always think for ownership or assignment we should use an "of" word. For example, I think this phrase is correct: The door of his room but, I read a story book of Longman and I saw this phrase: The ...
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Wh-clause after a preposition

I've sometimes come across the expression 'speak for', not a phrasal as such, but an expression to say 'is a clear sign of' as in The regular attendance at the course speaks for its great success. ...
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To interact to/with each other [closed]

I want to describe how objects interact [to or with] each other. Which preposition should I use here to show how these objects interact?
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Do I need a “with” in the following sentence?

Usually, I know the answer. But the following sentence confuses me: Was he the man she had shared her flesh and feelings (with) for four years? Is the with necessary? Why or why not?
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He, together with she and I? [duplicate]

How do you write the following sentence: Marcelo, together with Angela and I, are going to... Marcelo, together with Angela and myself, are going to...
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Prepositions with the verb “ask”: “ask questions from,” “ask a question to”

"What questions do they ask a communication trainer?" or "What questions do they ask from a communication trainer?" Also, I know "She asked me a question" is what's generally used but just have a ...
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On/At/In someone's suggestion?

What, and why, is the right choice in these cases? (*) my supervisor's suggestion, I changed my schedule. Should (*) be: in, on, at, under,....?
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Can I substitute 'to' for 'for' here in order to not repeat 'for' twice [closed]

I'm trying to rewrite this sentence, can someone suggest a grammatically correct (and better) sentence: I was not prepared for his calm enthusiasm for my question. I'm thinking something like: ...
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In or On Microsoft Excel's Table/Cells/Column

I have a rather odd question here. I am delivering a presentation to a wide audience of Excel users. How do you go about using prepositions when it comes down to Microsoft Excel's Worksheet, ...
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Omission of “being” after prepositions

I've heard from somewhere in this website that being can be deleted after almost every preposition... which aroused many questions as to the usage of being for me. Today, I encountered this sentence: ...
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as little as 1 day as an adjective object phrase of a preposition

You can get your money back in as little as 1 day! It is a sentence I heard from an advertisement. Sadly, I cannot tell if this is what the advertisement said, for I did not pay much attention to ...
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Does speed limit become plural when referencing two roads?

When writing about the speed limit on two different roads, is it correct to say: "The speed limits on Hunt Brothers Road and State Road 17 will both be reduced to 45 miles per hour," or "The speed ...
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A “lesson 'in' compassion”, but a “moral ___ compassion”?

We say "a lesson 'in' something". What is the acceptable preposition to be used with "moral" as a synonymous noun with "message" or "lesson"? The most common collocation is "the moral 'of' the story,...
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send something to someone or somewhere

Background: I am writing a computer application which can understand English sentence. For that purpose, I was preparing frames of each word. For example: send something to recipient|place Since ...
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To whoever wills … Vs. To whomever wills [duplicate]

So, is it "whoever" because it is the subject of the predicate "wills", or is it "whomever" because it is the object of the preposition "to"?
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How do I differentiate between direct and indirect object with an object of a preposition present?

I am working on the following sentence: They will look toward me, whom they pierced. I am aware that a basic rule to identifying an indirect object is to ask, "to whom?" However, in this case, I am ...
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“…four others, one of whom responded.” Is “whom” correct here? Can I use “who” instead?

I want to shorten this: I sent emails to four others. One person responded. Does the following sentence correctly use whom to achieve my goal? I sent emails to four others, one of whom ...
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Part of speech of “brief” and “short” in the phrases “in brief” and “in short”

The phrases "in brief" and "in short" function as adverbs, but as what part of speech do "brief" and "short" function in these phrases? "Brief" stands alone as both a noun and adjective and could be ...
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in a computer vs on a computer [duplicate]

Important information can be stored in a computer vs Important information can be stored on a computer Also, can we use stored and saved alternatively/interchangebaly with computer. E.g. ...
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Can one talk “with” someone?

The verb talk usually has to preceding its complement/object: (I) I talked to him about his misbehavior. Is it idiomatic (and/or grammatical) to use with instead? (II) I talked with him about ...
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Uncommon uses of the preposition 'with'

It strikes me that the way we use 'with' is more complex than we may think. So I have two questions: Can the preposition 'with' be used to mean 'about' or 'in relation to'? (sentence a and b). And ...
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Why “all of us” instead of “all of we”? [closed]

When using the construction "all of us" as a subject in a sentence, the pronoun stays an object pronoun, as such: All of us are in the same boat. The alternate construction just sounds weird (to ...