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Questions tagged [prepositional-phrases]

Questions about prepositional phrases.

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Is the sentence “What programs help young people in studying?” correct? [on hold]

I am not really sure if "in studying" here is OK. Thank you very much!
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Can a PP be analysed as a complex adjective?

In the sentence They are more familiar with this, the predicative complement more familiar with this is an AdjP, with the adjective head familiar. But what about a sentence such as They are more at ...
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Did she leave a package for me? Did she leave me a package? [on hold]

Are both of these sentences correct? Is there any difference? Did she leave a package for me? Did she leave me a package?
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Putting adverbs such as “on Wednesday” in the beginning and at the end of sentences

What's the difference between the following two sentences: On Wednesday I went shopping I went shopping on Wednesday
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Climb in from off this ledge [on hold]

Please explain this sentence to me. If context is needed, it was from a show where the girlfriend says “i’m not mad at you” and this is the boyfriend’s reply “Okay, I’m just going to climb in from off ...
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Is there a comma required in this sentence?

Consider the following. He participated in one of the most challenging swimming competitions SwimFest-X in countryname-Y, which facilitated his success in Z. or should there be a comma before ...
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Prepositional phrase breakdown--every single day

Based on the rules I've learned, I would imagine the prepositional phrase "every single day" is broken down to "adverb-adjective-noun." That being said, I don't know if calling "every" an adverb makes ...
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What happens to an adverbial/preposition phrase such as “on monday” when you remove the proposition “on”?

Does it simply continue to be an adverbial/preposition phrase? Or does it change its function and/or material?
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As I have want to do

Stylistically, saying "as I have want to do." is preferable to me than "as I do." Is “as I have want to do." incorrect grammatically? Example, "My friends are quite aware of my vexatious flirting with ...
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How to interpret Nancy Pelosi's statement?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/reading-between-the-lines-of-trumps-oval-office-tussle/2018/12/11/7c7099f4-fda1-11e8-a17e-162b712e8fc2_story.html?utm_term=.809469483529 TRUMP: I also know ...
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Where is the subject in a sentence that starts with a prepositional phrase

Where is the subject in a sentence that starts with a prepositional phrase. For example the preposition phrase beginning with after below: After breakfast the boys wandered out to the garden. Is ...
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Commas around both sides of prepositional phrase?

I'm not sure what to call this sort of prepositional phrase, but this sort seems to interrupt the thought to add clarification. I almost want to call it an interjectional prepositional phrase. Some ...
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How is this structure formed? A case of 'inverted adjective'?

Here are the structures in question: Is there a region in the United States of America that has a pronunciation similar, .... Tuscany)? compare with: ... that has a similar pronunciation, .......
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What is a relative pronoun's referent when it follows a prepositional phrase?

For example: Stella Adler trained several generations of actors who include Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro. Does who in this example refer to actors or generations? Stella Adler trained several ...
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“from which this town was created” or “from which this town was created out of”

I have a phrase "which indicates the city from which this town was created". The idea is that the town was created from, or out of (carved from) the city. I am not sure if this is grammatically ...
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In/into/at What to use

So, English isn't my native language and my school teacher gave us this: Complete: Let's go.............. my office. A) at B) in C) out D) for E) into I would go for at/in/into. She said it was "...
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“From” Phrases Regarding Time (. . . “from next month”)

It's my first time posting, so let me know if I do anything wrong. I have a random question. It’s regarding #2. I told my student it’s fine, based on the primarily UK and Indian news articles I found ...
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Correct preposition after the word encouragement

I am writing a paper and I am not quite sure about the correct preposition that comes after the word encouragement. "Consequently, there was always encouragement towards, for, to any kind of art ...
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Preposition choice. What takes precedence?

I just lighted upon this sentence in a book: Academic attention has focused in two main directions. This sentence reads slightly odd to me, because although "direction" needs the directional ...
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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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“On the network” or “In the network”

The app obtains a list of devices "on the network" or "in the network". I imagine a network as a 3D structure, so it seems that "in the network" might be more appropriate here. However, I cannot be ...
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Is expression “It does us no harm.” grammatically correct?

I would write it with "to": "It does to us no harm." or "It does no harm to us". Similar example from https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/do-to "I’ll never forgive him for ...
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Is the sentence, “What I can tell you is that, hidden within the question, lies the answer,” correct?

Here's the sentence: "What I can tell you is that, hidden within the question, lies the answer." It makes sense, but I don't really know it's it right. I figured that the "hidden within the question, ...
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Why does “zero of one qualifications” sound better than “zero of one qualification” even though you only have one qualification? [closed]

Of the two phrases: zero of one qualification zero of one qualifications Because one is singular, it should be qualification without the plural suffix ‑s. But for reasons I cannot explain, to me ...
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Which still wants vs which still want [duplicate]

Which one is correct? 1) Pick those pieces of your heart which still wants to be happy , or 2) Pick those pieces of your heart which still want to be happy.
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“To agree with someone”: is that prepositional phrase an adverbial or a nominal one?

In this sentence: I agree with you. What is the function of the prepositional phrase ”with you” there? Is it an adverb or noun? If it is an adverb, then what type of adverb is this?
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Passive + that + v3?

I've just seen a sentence like the one below and couldn't understand its grammar. Three controlled animal clinical trials were found that supported the use of decortication prior to performing GBR. ...
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The role of preposition [closed]

Hi i'm a english learner. Can you tell me what the difference is between Calm and calm down Slow and slow down Heat and heat up Cool and cool down Speed and speed up Warm and warm up I have no ...
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should I say 'a group of friends who lives close by' or 'a group of friends who live close by' [duplicate]

I'm attempting to design a worksheet for TEFL students. Here's one of the questions: 4) Your friend Tina who lives close by comes to visit you today. You want to ask her what she was doing when it ...
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“from A to B” or “to B from A”

Which expression is more customary? Are their situations where one would be favored over the other? Edit: Sorry for making the question unclear. My motivation for this question came from reading ...
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How to replace preposition? [duplicate]

In these sentences: “You have been riding the same bus for years, but only now have you noticed what the driver looks like!” And “It's better than the rubbish you listen to.” The prepositions “...
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Is there any different between {covered with } and {covered with}? [duplicate]

We say {covered by trees or covered with trees } And if does it differ if we mentioned a percentage, say covered with/by 20%
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Synonym / Alternate expression for “for fear that”?

Can anyone help me out here? It's been nagging me all afternoon, scrounging around in my head for it and plumbing the Web--I swear I've heard a more literary alternative for this one before. I'm ...
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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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Prepositional introductory phrase: “With John, we discussed …”

Is the following phrasing proper and accepted English? With John, we discussed ... Instead of saying "John and I discussed ..." or "John and the team discussed", etc. It seems to me that the ...
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Using 'except for' in front of a bare or to-infinitive

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language by Huddleston and Pullum says (Pages 641-642): Some prepositions appear with a wide range of complements that are licensed not by the preposition ...
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Is it okay for me to use “into” instead of “to” in this sentence?

Could someone check whether “He ascended into authority” is correct, specifically the use of the preposition “into”?
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Do we say “in” or “at” one's approach?

The specific sentence is: "Nasreddin Hodja is simple at/in his approach." Meaning that the way he thinks on a specific subject is simple and practical.
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Not sure if a comma is needed?

The program is designed for multi-generations of guests with no previous experience to easily and safely explore the sea floor (or an aquarium) on an expertly guided tour The program is designed for ...
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“Inside her” or “inside of her” [closed]

Lit a fire "inside her" or "inside of her" Which is correct in this case? Is "inside" a preposition here? I read the similar questions to mine, in particular this one - “Inside of a house” versus “...
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Difference Between Since and For When Referring to Past Event

I'm a pen pal with a couple of native German speakers. We correct each others mistakes and try to explain why they are mistakes if it's not a cut and dry solution like conjugation etc. There is a ...
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prepositional phrases combined with “and” or “or” - style & punctuation

"Project X17 must not be confused with, and is totally independent of, project X107." - Is this stylistically acceptable? And what is the correct punctuation: is the second comma obligatory, optional, ...
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“Best of” vs. “Best” / “Worst of” vs. “Worst”

I came across this sentence and was curious what purpose the word "of" serves: They were not the best of messengers. Searching terms like "'best of' vs. 'best'" brings up discussions about phrases ...
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When does a prepositional phrase modify a subject vs a linking verb?

The bold words are the words being modified by the prepositional phrase. According to englishgrammar101.com: The crystal glassware is from Carlsbad. (Is this a subject complement?) Jessie's new ...
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Comma before a with-prepositional phrase. Which one should I choose?

It also broke down racial prejudice with the crossover appeal of its music. It also broke down racial prejudice, with the crossover appeal of its music. Apparently, the correct one was sentence 2 but ...
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Which is appropriate: First to understand OR to first understand

I am writing an article on Psychology and stumbled across the following choices: 1- To begin with child psychology, it is important first to understand what psychology all about is. 2- To begin ...
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Should I use “to” before the second verb (lead) or not?

Looking forward to winning the Qalaa Holdings Scholarship to further my education in clinical pharmacy and lead the clinical pharmacy team at one of the biggest international hospitals in Egypt. ...
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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 'ounces to a pound' a grammatically correct prepositional phrase? [closed]

I'm stuck between 'in a pound' and 'to a pound'. (Also, kindle autocorrect thinks prepositional isn't a word)