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Questions tagged [prepositions]

Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in". The meaning of a sentence can be dramatically altered by choosing the wrong preposition. Questions need to include enough information for the intended meaning to be deduced.

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Is the phrase “He is perfect to what he has created” correct? [on hold]

Is "to what" a valid conjunction? And "for what he have created" creates other meaning? Could it be transformed in an indirect object? I feel a bit fuzzy analysing it. For any mistake, please edit it....
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A video in/on which you are speaking

Which one is correct? Prepare a video in advance (in or on) which you are speaking? Thank you!
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depending upon or depending on which one is right as per British grammar?

I've seen depend on/upon depends on/upon on many British dictionaries and there is an idiom 'depending on' i want to know if its grammatically wrong to say 'depending upon' as per British grammar for ...
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Is the following sentence correct, or is something missing: 'Retributive justice for offenders in France'?

This is the title that one of my students has presented. But I'm unsure of what the student is asking or stating. Of course, the topic (retributive justice) is clearly indicated. However, the point of ...
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“For only $5” or “At only $5”? Is “At only $5” wrong?

Ok so in my country (English is a 2nd language for many people), it's pretty common to say either one. But recently, a friend pointed out that "at only $5" is wrong. And the mistake probably ...
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Prepositions repetition question

These innovations make threats harder to detect and square up. These innovations make threats harder to detect and to square up. Which one of these is correct/better?
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Correct preposition for dates written YYYY-MM-DD

What is the correct preposition when writing dates in the numerical format YYYY-MM-DD? I would argue that there are two possibilities, "on" or no preposition at all, but then again I'm not a native ...
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What is the correct preposition for election results is it “results OF / AT / IN the elections”?

When writing about the European elections on the 26 May, what is the correct preposition in this sentence "The results of / in / at the election will be confirmed on Thursday" I've been told I should ...
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what does “rotate within the plane of the surface” mean?

A rotates within the plane of the surface of the support. what does it mean? and one more question. "A and B move with respect to each other" in this sentence, A and B both move ? or when A moves B ...
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Is it correct to say “you have an innovative approach to something” or ”an approach for"? (The recruitment and management of personnel.) [migrated]

Is it correct to say "you have an innovative approach to something” or "an approach for"? (The recruitment and management of personnel.) Trying to finish English assignment. Thanking you in advance.
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At/In highest quality?

I'm currently stuck on the right preposition followed by "highest quality" as in: "I make sure the posters are printable at/in their highest quality." Thanks!
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Which preposition should follow facilitate?

Students should be facilitated to access on-line support. Students should be facilitated in accessing on-line support. Staff should facilitate students to access on-line support.
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Can 'of' be omitted in these sentences?

The basement was overflowed by the redolent aroma caused by various flowers growing out the ground. The basement was overflowed by the redolent aroma caused by various flowers growing out 'of'...
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Do we need to use from a list or in a list in this sentence - “Click on an asset from/in the Recently delivered assets list”

Scenario - There are many assets (computers, chairs, keyboards) displayed in a list (e.g. Recently delivered assets) in a software. I need to click on an asset (e.g. computer) that is listed in ...
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Should this have an “of” in it?

I am looking at this invitation letter and to me it seems like it is missing an "of" : You are invited to a wedding on SAT, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 LORALEIGH and STEVEN I think it should ...
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Writing predictions for future date ranges (in the period or from…to…)

Normally, when writing date ranges, we either go with 2020–2025 or from 2020 to 2025. I have never seen in being written as "in the period 2020 to 2025". So is it correct to write the following ...
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Baby due date expected “on” or “in” [duplicate]

I am writing emails to relatives notifying that my wife is pregnant and we are expecting the birth on/in early August. Should I say: The due date is expected on August or The due date is ...
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Intersecting with the x-axis / intersecting the x-axis

Which is correct?: "The function intersects with the x-axis" or "The function intersects the x-axis" Is the verb 'to intersect' in the mathematical sense accompanied by the preposition 'with'?
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There vs. In there

Recently I've been asked about the difference between What's going on there? and What's going on in there? It's a bit difficult to explain, that's why I'm seeking other people's opinions here....
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Why is the word 'is' not considered a preposition? [closed]

I am reading through the blue grammar book and the following is the definition of prepositions- A preposition is a word or set of words that indicates location (in, near, beside, on top of) or some ...
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Which one is more natural?

I was surprised by the last scene I was surprised in the last scene I was surprised at the last scene When I watched a film and I was surprised at the end of the movie, and then I want to express ...
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Preposition “to” with places in present perfect

in BrE it is normal to say e.g.: "She's been to Africa twice." In the past simple, the preposition would be "in": "She was in Africa twice." Question 1: Why is there such a difference? Question 2:...
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Can / Should you begin *and* end a sentence with a preposition

Here's the phrase in question which originally ended with a preposition: Who is the client currently residing with? A way to rephrase to put the proposition at the beginning would be: ...
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A letter from, or a letter by? [migrated]

I am not a native speaker and am wondering what the difference is, if any, between "from" and "by" in the context of a letter, as set out below. I think that a letter "from" may indicate the letter ...
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Pronoun problems!

This question came up in an English second language test paper. A:Why didn't you tell me Brian broke the window? B:_____________________________________ The intended answer was - B: He begged me ...
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Usage of “in our house” vs “at our house”

Is the following sentence correct? We gathered in our grandparent's house can "in" be replaced with "at"? What if "house" is replaced with "home", does that make any difference?
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Use of 'for' for an action/state started earlier and still going on

The prepositions for and since are used to indicate the point of start of an activity. While since can be used only in perfect tenses, for can be used in any tenses. As such, is it grammatically and ...
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In the phrase, “The big shots up at the church”, is 'up at" a two word preposition?

I'm struggling with how to diagram 'up at'. Is this a two word or complex preposition or something else?
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When talking about a year in the past, do you use by, in or before?

There has been a few questions on this but this one example has never really been answered. If you were writing a report on the year before and you wanted to say that the a project was completed in ...
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“Contributions by” or “from”?

The yearbook is made with love by Lisa, with contributions by Mary and Sal. or The yearbook is made with love by Lisa, with contributions from Mary and Sal.
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Why do we say “in range” but “out of range”?

Is is the pair of expressions "in range" and "out of range" just an idiomatic outlier? Maybe not, as you can put something "in the list" or take it "out of the list". But I can think of other in/out ...
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“in Figure 1 to Figure 3” or “in from Figure 1 to Figure 3”

I have 3 figures to demonstrate some process. Which one should be used? The process is shown in Figure 1 to Figure 3. or The process is shown in from Figure 1 to Figure 3. I feel that the ...
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Escaping [one place] to [another] - sentence structure validity

I want to use the following phrase in this specific structure (if possible): How come social media is considered as a way for people to escape life when they sometimes escape social media to(?) ...
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Usage of “in” before were in a sentence from Shoe Dog

Why is 'in' used before was/were in this sentence from the book Shoe Dog by Phil Knight? Some Tuesday nights in the Reserves were set aside for classroom time. It seems like a mistake. Would ...
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Which preposition to use after “careless?”

Is there a difference in meaning or usage between careless with/about/of? I found dictionary examples of all three, but I failed to grasp the difference (if there is any): He was careless of ...
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Why do we use “in” in the phrase “in front of”?

I just realized I can't quite make out why we use the word "in." The meaning of front is generally a surface, a side - not a space you can be "in," so how did that happen? Is it an artifact of an ...
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“Class, open your books TO/AT page 13!”—Is it a matter of dialectal difference?

My original notion was, A) If there's a movement and a destination (as in the case of thumbing a book to reach a certain page), it should be to: Class, open your books to page 13! B) If there's ...
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What is the correct preposition after “rights”?

This question came up for me within the context of intellectual property rights in a film grant competition. When “right” is singular, the correct preposition is “to,” such as in the right to free ...
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Should I use in or within in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, which preposition should I use and why? “I was included within the Employer’s Agent team.” OR ”I was included in the Employer’s Agent team.” I would greatly appreciate ...
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to ban sth from/in/at?

I want to talk about the banning of plastic at/in/from schools. I just wondered which preposition is the best or the right one? The sentence is: Teachers are in favor of banning plastic at/from/...
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Usual combinations of nouns/verbs and prepositions

Following Macmillan Dictionary, we can find out that word list can be used together with the preposition of (example sentence: A list of the world’s richest people). We are looking for a collection ...
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Tunnel Into/Through

“Locals chiseled the Guoliang Tunnel into — and through —the side of a mountain.” From https://www.thisisinsider.com/guoliang-tunnel-built-into-mountain-2015-12 What is the difference between “into”...
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'Sufferer of ' vs 'sufferer from'

If one suffers from a disease, is one better considered a sufferer from a disease, or a sufferer of a disease?
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Preposition “of” or “to”: “a challenge of/to modern Europe”

I am wondering which one is correct: "Secessionism as a challenge of modern Europe" "Secessionism as a challenge to modern Europe" Thank you! :)
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“provide X to someone” vs “provide X for someone”

I am confused by the different explanations in the following two dictionaries. Macmillan says “provide A to B”, while The Free Dictionary says it is wrong and tells us not to say “provide A to B”, ...
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From <date> to <date> OR On <date> to <date>?

I have a question about using the prepositions indicating starting and ending dates. Which of the following is grammatically correct and why? I will be away from March 1st to 5th. I will be away on ...
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Preposition stranding: is it possible to remove preposition altogether?

Here is one phrase: This mayhem is not something to put up with. Here "put up with" is a complete expression, so I cannot simply drop "with" or "up" from the end. How about this one, a title for ...
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Is the usage of “with which” here correct?

"Where is the key with which I usually use to unlock the drawer in the office?" Is the sentence above grammatically correct? I saw it in a test a few days ago...
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“Which planet is nearest Earth?” vs “Which planet is the nearest to Earth?”

I don't understand why the definite article is not used in front of the superlative and why we don't use the preposition "to" as in: Which planet is the nearest to Earth? instead of ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between “I'll be there for 7pm” and “I'll be there at 7pm”?

I feel like "for 7pm" is possibly colloquial and perhaps not quite Standard English, but I have heard it a lot. I can't think if there's any difference in meaning between "I'll be there for 7" and "I'...