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Prepositional phrases in the end of sentences made A LOT OF ambiguity, But FEW people on web don't raise the questions? [migrated]

PPs are making a lot of ambiguity in sentences especially in the end of sentences. In the structures like VERB+NOUN+PPs. There are two interpretations. One is that PPs is adverbial modifying the VERB, ...
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Confusion regarding "since" vs "for" [migrated]

I know that we use "since" when we refer to some specific event that started at some point in the past and is still continuing and "for" when we talk about the duration of the ...
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What is the function of this phrase? Grammar [closed]

Is the phrase, "When I ride my bike with my friends" functioning as an adverb or a preposition?
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On team, in team, or from team? [closed]

Which of the following is better? a) "You have a new message from Shelly from the Pepsi vendor team:" b) "You have a new message from Shelly on the Pepsi vendor team:" c) "You ...
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what does a prepositional phrase that follows a that clause modify? [migrated]

Consider the following sentence: As secretary, you are to set a meeting agenda that includes discussions in concert with the boss. What word does the prepositional phrase "in concert with the ...
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..set a time for

We use the phrase, "set a time for," typically, with an event. Set a time for carousing. Set a time for snuggling. Set a time for a phone call, etc. And that makes sense. But we also use it ...
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Could the prepositional phrase be replaced by a absolute/non-finite construction acting as a supplement? [duplicate]

When everyone was seated, he suggested going around the table, with each guest telling the others about their missing children. Source:- https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/06/five-hostages ...
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Meaning of 'To Marx are due X and Y' [duplicate]

This question is about the emphasized sentence in the following paragraph from Proposed Roads to Freedom by Bertrand Russell: Socialism as a power in Europe may be said to begin with Marx. It is true ...
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A service-oriented architecture–developed application vs An application developed with a service-oriented architecture

I know the following kind of transformation can be done to turn passive voice into active voice when there is an actor preceded by the preposition by: An application developed by Microsoft should be ...
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In a title, do I capitalize "on" in the prepositional phrase "on time"?

The title of my work may well be "Quietly Delivered on Time". Is "on" here just treated as any other preposition, despite it being part and parcel of the prepositional phrase? The ...
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Pull down to something

In a country song by Blake Shelton "Home sweet home", l came across this construction: Pull down to a cane bridge. I looked up most of the dictionaries, but none of them used the phrasal ...
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Is the noun phrase "all the way" modifying the prepositional phrase in "all the way around the corner"?

The line stretched all the way around the corner. Is the NP "all the way" modifying the PP "around the corner"?
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Difference between "Intrigued With" and "Intrigued By"

What exactly is the difference between the usage of "intrigued with" and "intrigued by" in sentences?
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Is the noun modifier "among them a portable anti-tank rocket and a wheel-mounted recoilless rifle" an appositive or absolute phrase?

Higgins was looking at videos coming out of the Daraya region when he noticed several weapons that he had not yet documented in Syria, among them a portable anti-tank rocket and a wheel-mounted ...
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Is there an order to prepositional phrases?

Which statement is correct? The change adds more info to the changelog about the previous commits on May xx, xxxx. Or: The change adds more info about the previous commits on May xx, xxxx to the ...
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What is the technical grammatical difference between these two sentences?

. . . and is one preferred over the other? I believe he sent these contacts an email earlier this week. I believe he sent an email to these contacts earlier this week. I feel the second is ...
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Prepositional phrases next to adjectives

-The boy akin to an impassioned bard recited his stories -The girl similar to him stood still. These adjectives (italicized) and others similar are always placed next to a prepositional phrase (bolded)...
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Is it natural to say "Lily is in Bakersfield Elementary" when I mean she goes to this school?

"Bakersfield Elementary" is just a made-up proper noun for any specific school. I've read posts on "in school" or "at school". But those don't seem to help me. ChatGPT 3....
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"He fought in World War II as an infantryman" - does 'as' change 'fought' into a linking verb?

Can an as-headed prepositional phrase turn an action verb into a linking verb? Consider the following examples: With the fall of the Roman Empire, cities were abandoned as centers of administration. [...
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Does "assess the use of two strategies by this business as an effective strategy" mean that both strategies have to be effective, or is it ambiguous?

I am currently discussing with someone whether this question means one or two things. The question is as follows: With reference to a business you have studied, assess the use of two strategies by ...
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Effect of using an unidiomatic expression - "a tableau in happiness"

EDIT: Thank you everyone for the answers. The point about grammatical vs idiomatic is interesting. To clarify, I would like to know if an average reader would a) understand the meaning of the (...
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Prepositional phrases in sentence subjects:"The level of maturity in argument here is astounding.”

We’re having a disagreement about the propriety of a prepositional phrase inside the subject of a sentence, as it’s complicated by the presence of a second prepositional phrase, namely “here.” Simply–...
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"Planned on system": meaning (G.M. Trevelyan, A Short History of England)

Their method of conquest was to make military roads, planned on system for the whole island, and to plant along them forts garrisoned by the regular troops. I can't manage to explain this ...
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Which contexts warrant the use of prepositional phrases over stacked adjectives, and vice versa?

Are there good reasons to use, e.g., "customer relationship management solution" over "solution for customer relationship management"? I understand that in certain contexts ...
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"and has as one of its Healthy People 2020 goals to “create social and physical environments that promote good health for all.”"

I would like to ask you about the bold-faced part in the following sentence: (1) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines social determinants of health as “conditions in the places ...
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A "change in scenery" or a "change of scenery"? Are both forms of this sort of expression truly correct? I know the latter one is, but the former? [closed]

As my title says, is a "change in scenery" as correct as a "change of scenery"? I am self-conscious of how a "change in" might sound odd or off or be even absolutely ...
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What is the grammatical ground for this prepositional phrase? [duplicate]

In below formal excerpt, how the first part, bolded, can be thought grammatically: With personnel an enduring target of violence, we must work together to ensure our safety. It is structured this way:...
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How do you draw the tree in generative grammar for phrasal prepositional verbs such as "put up with? [closed]

I have the structure for transitive phrasals and for prepositional verbs, but I am having some trouble when I have to draw the tree for a phrasal prepositional verb. I know for sure it must contain a ...
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“Amid concerns” vs. “Among concerns”

I’ve always been taught that the word “amid(st)” should be used exclusively with singular, specifically singular and uncountable nouns, especially those which express an abstract idea, (e.g. “His ...
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Do adjectival prepositional phrases introduced by "with" have a specific name/type (translation of "complément circonstanciel d'accompagnement")?

How do you analyze/translate a "complément circonstanciel d'accompagnement" or can you further specify the type of adjectival prepositional phrase introduced by with (or which has) this is? ...
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Where should I put the prepositional phrase? [closed]

Where should the prepositional phrase go in this sentence? A student with an adventurous mind like me cannot be happier than this. or A student like me with an adventurous mind cannot be happier ...
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What preposition I should use with the word "application"?

Which one of the following three sentences is correct? I am not sure what preposition I should use with the word "application". Thanks. My job is to facilitate the application of this new ...
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Order of prepositions "of" and "by"

Quoting from a BBC article: What also marks the current protests out from previous ones is the emerging use by demonstrators of Molotov cocktails. I would have put the prepositional phrases "by ...
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"by walk" or "by foot" when travelling by walking [duplicate]

We can say "by car", "by bike", "by bus", "by train" and "by flight" when we're traveling by a transportation vehicle. But what if we're traveling by ...
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How acceptable are prepositional phrase complements to PPs themselves? [closed]

https://linguisticsgirl.com/prepositional-complement-english-grammar/ gives these examples for PPs accepting another PP as complement: My mother thought about under the bed. She is worrying about in ...
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Verb Form Following "Who" Preceded by Prepositional Phrase [duplicate]

Does the verb form after "who" attach to "one" or "friends"? Or can both possibilities be argued? She gave the document to one of her friends who are trustworthy. She ...
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When is it appropriate to omit both articles and prepositions together?

I am working on a localisation issue within a project, but I cannot figure out through any of my searches and reference texts if there is a particular set of rules surrounding the omission of articles ...
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Difficulty in distinguishing whether a singular or plural verb agrees with a subject; one which includes "both" followed by a prepositional phrase

I have written the following sentence: While I think the Austrian School's fixation both on natural prices and the rate of interest were akin to jousting at windmills... First, am I correct in ...
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What does "cutting in" mean?

Flies, bees, beetles, wasps, and other insects are segmented creatures——head, thorax, and abdomen. where these parts join, there appears to the imaginative eye a "cutting in" of the body. ...
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What is meaning of for in "for Christmas"? [closed]

What do you buy for Christmas? We are going to buy a turkey for Christmas? What is the meaning of for?Something for Christmas means something to celebrate Christmas?
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Using “including” vs. “and include”

I came across this sentence: The benefits of exercise are vast, including improved cardiovascular health.... I can tell something’s off here — I believe it should be either The benefits of exercise ...
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When ‘that’ follows an 𝒳-of-𝒴 subject, which noun phrase does ‘that’ refer to: the first noun phrase 𝒳 or the second noun phrase 𝒴?

I’ve seen those two quite dif­fer­ent us­ages of that fol­low­ing an 𝒳-of-𝒴 prepo­si­tional phrase con­nect­ing two noun phrases 𝒳 and 𝒴 via the prepo­si­tion of, one in which it is used to re­fer ...
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Is ‘when regarding’ in this sentence a preposition, meaning on the subject of/ in respect to, or a verb meaning thinking of/considering?

A recent troubling MIT study, revealed that fake news diffused significantly farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth, with the effect even more pronounced when regarding political news ...
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Identified by or Identified as

I wish to write that some variables in a scientific document can be respectively identified (as/by) some values... For instance, ...where a,b and c correspond to the energies the spinor and the ...
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"Sought for" at the end of a sentence

Does anyone know if "sought for" can be used at the end of a clause, phrase, or sentence, even if "for" might be redundant? I'm not speaking of "sought for [something]", ...
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"Like" as a preposition

I know that 'like' can function as a preposition, but I want your views on this statement: A collection, like old rocks or unique autos, gives a person some individuality. I think 'like' functions ...
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What's the difference between "in the same year" and "the same year"? [closed]

It remained constant at this level till May the same year. In this sentence, can we use 'in' before the noun phrase 'the same year'? What is the difference between 'in the same year' and 'the same ...
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Separating that/which clauses from their referents with prepositional phrases [duplicate]

How acceptable is it to separate a that-clause from its referent with a prepositional phrase? It's a problem I keep running into, and I'm not sure if it's too jarring. How would you rate the ...
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Prepostition 'as to' in poetry

So I ran accross this line in a poem of Alexander Pope: Vice is a monster of so frightful mien As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then ...
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Is this prepositional phrase a 'predicative adjunct'?

The class was composed of thirty students, including Jonathan and Kelly. In this sentence, the prepositional phrase 'including Jonathan and Kelly' is a non-restrictive element in the clause structure ...
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