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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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Two close prepositions; how do you not end with one?

I've always had difficulty ascertaining the way to approach structuring a particular type of sentence re: the situation in the question title. What I'm referring to probably isn't all that clear yet, ...
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“Nothing is compared with” or “Nothing is compared to”

Do we say "Nothing is compared with the Egyptian pyramids" or "Nothing is compared to the Egyptian pyramids"? If both are correct,is either one favourable in general or in British or American ...
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Multiple prepositional phrases

I made this sentence The girl in the fancy dress with a bag on the city center street in Newyork is heading to a concert in a different city without telling her parents. I think the phrases 'in ...
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'for' instead of because [duplicate]

Do you think all of the conjunctions below are acceptable? I just feel that 'for' may not work. Thx! Bullying is unacceptable because it is against the school rules. ...
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Use “to” or “at”? [on hold]

Which sentence is more appropriate: "we would like to welcome you to our event on [date in future]" or "we would like to welcome you at our event on [date in future]"
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When should I be using sans, anyway?

People often use sans, the French word for ‘without’ in English. What I don’t get, is when should that switch be made. When should I say sans when I really want to say without. Are there any general ...
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be of importance vs be important [on hold]

Would you help me understand the differences between these two sentences? Protecting valuable information assets is of critical importance to my organization to be successful. Protecting valuable ...
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Is it “a professor at the institute” or “… in the institute”? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. Examples "Peter Parker is a professor at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Vulcan" "Peter Parker is a professor in the Institute of Sociology in the ...
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“A change in minister” or “A change of minister”?

I was reading a book written by a native speaker (from North America). The author has written A change in government or a change in minister affects governance. I have come across “a change in ...
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Is “membership to an organisation” wrong?

I have been seeing increasing use of "membership to an organisation" (club, association etc.). The "to" makes my teeth grate, as I have always used "of". Should I continue to resist (I run a large ...
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Preposition following 'ambitious'

In the following sentence, what will be the right preposition? He is ambitious ____ fame.
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What would be the correct preposition to be placed here? I shall be glad _____ his assistance. [migrated]

I've thought of using with/for but I don't think it seems to fit in here. I'd definitely appreciate if somebody could help me out with this one.
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Doubt in using “Being” or “As”

Should I use: Being a mathematics enthusiast, problem-solving has always been part of me. OR As a mathematics enthusiast, problem-solving has always been part of me.
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To notify someone upon something

When telling someone that you are going to notify him as soon as something has expired, is it grammatically accurate to say "I'll notify you upon expiry" or should I use "notify of" as per this ...
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What makes a verb phrase?

is it correct that a string has a verb in it so it is a VP? Similarly, any string has a preposition in it then it is a PP?
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Usage of preposition

What is correct? ...I always pointed to everything that was three, referring to me and my parents. or referring me and my parents. Is it correct to state 'referring to my parents and me'?
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Difference between to many people and for many people

I know that there is a duplicated post here: https://www.google.com/search?q=to+many+people+or+for+many+people&oq=to+many+people+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57.7519j0j4&sourceid=chrome-mobile&...
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looking for the right preposition: claim authority *for* political representations?

What is the right preposition? I want to talk about leaders who "claim authority for political representations," i.e. want to be accepted as having the legitimate authority to represent others; but I'...
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Narrow gap on/with

I cam across this sports headerline: "Team1 got defeated and missed chance to narrow gap on Team2." My question: Is "narrow the gap on" correct? If so, what "on" means here? Or should it be "narrow ...
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Why some prepositions are inserted before the relative noun, others are not? [closed]

For example: 1.This is the book about which I know nothing 2.this is the person who he likes.
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Through and by (sentences)

The expression "to talk by the phone" is correct and I'm pretty sure if you use "through" instead of "by" it makes sense as well, but what about this expression: •You never know what's gonna come ...
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Teaching at vs teaching to

Which one is the correct sentence? Teaching maths at BSc level. OR Teaching maths to BSc level. Edit: Just to further clarify the situation. In my CV i need to write below job's responsibilities. ...
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“ to” or “ for”? in this sentence?

i have a doubt whether to use 'to' or 'for' in the following sentence- You don't seem equal _____ the task either- 'to' or 'for' should be the answer. I have saw books mentioning both "to" & "...
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What is the difference in meaning between “get back to him” and “get back at him”? [closed]

And you were afraid that if you started asking questions, it would get back to him From The Outsider by Stephen King I know that to “get back at someone” is similar to humiliate or to wreak revenge....
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'That was pleasure for me' vs. 'That was pleasure to me'

Usually I heard 'pleasure for', but as I think 'pleasure to' is same. If so, what's the difference between two expression. I can't find any explain about differences. Help me, please..
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Which preposition can be used in the sentence “The bird is flying in/above the sky.”? [closed]

I got confused what preposition exactly goes into the blank and why The bird is flying......the sky.(in/above)
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Is there a symbol for “from”?

I am wondering if there is a symbol or glyph to represent the preposition "from". I doubt there is a formal, de jure symbol (i.e., found in any manual of style or dictionary), but I cannot even find ...
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definition of this example

"his ideas for bettering the lot of the millhands" How would you describe this type of clause? Source: after google definition of bettering
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“Wishes of” or “wishes for”? [closed]

could someone tell me the difference between the two following sentences: my best wishes of a Merry Christmas OR my best wishes for a Merry Christmas I'm given to understand "Of a merry ...
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Pay for something in a period of time [closed]

I write an essay and need to use the phrase like: He will pay for a laptop in ten years (I suppose he borrowed money, but I don’t want to use “pay back”) Question: should we use “in” preposition?...
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When to use On/In/At?

When should I use On/In/At? I was In/At School? In/At Home? See you On/In/At Monday? I left the book In/At my parent's house? Other use cases I cn't think of right now? And why is there a ...
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Is it possible to say “to refund (an amount) to an order”?

I sent a Customer a partial refund. I want to inform her using the verb to refund + a preposition. Considering my native language, I would say I've just refunded $20 to your order. According to my ...
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Should the verb “impact” be always followed by “on”?

Nowadays, we often see the word impact being used as a verb. My question is, should it be always followed by the preposition on? Oxford Dictionaries gives the following example: The cuts will ...
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voting master graduated

Ground or infinitive in present perfect continuous tense 📌I have been starting saving nature . 📌I have been starting to save nature. I don't know which one is correct.
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Meanings of prepositional phrases

He wants to kidnap the kids on the streets. I am writing to ask whether the sentence above is ambiguous? I've learned that prepositional phrases can function as adverb or adjective, which means "on ...
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Grammar of sentence containing the word “afternoon”

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? "How about in the afternoon of 4 July, 2018?" I am not too sure if I have to use "of" as a preposition before "4 July", or, "on". Thanks!
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Stranding “of” in subjects - Possible or impossible?

Observation Take a subject that contains an of-phrase (friend of X, president of X, writer of X etc.). Now try to question the element X after of by fronting the corresponding wh-phrase. Often this ...
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What should be the correct prepostion to use with “accident”?

What is the difference between in accident and on accident? Do we say, He lost his legs on accident or in accident?
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Opposite of “in front of”

I would like to modify the following sentence to change the location of the promoter to the opposite side. "TK promoter in front of the ICP27 gene in both vectors" Would it be as following?? "TK ...
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Barplot of the number of people/persons in/by/on/per/for

What's the proper way to say I want to explain the results of a barplot (with / of / from) the... ? ... number of (people / persons) (by / per / as a function of) the number of heart attacks ...
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How should an imperative sentence with multiple verb phrases and differing prepositions be worded?

The following are two version of a tagline. Ask questions and share your unique knowledge about trains with the hobbyist community. and Ask questions about and share your unique knowledge on ...
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I need to know specific keyword who describes all room related services [closed]

Could anyone help me to find out specific keyword for all room related services like light facilities, water facilities, gas facilities and many more.
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What is the difference between “progress in” and “progress toward”?

Are these examples correct? I made progress in losing weight. I made progress toward a slimmer body.
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Question on preposition

Do you say 1) get some food to go from the Italian restaurant OR 2) get some food to go at the Italian restaurant or both are Okay?
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How to use phrasal verbs with prepositions without thinking which i have to use

I am frustrated about unawareness how to use up/down/with etc. with phrasal verbs properly.Being from Ukraine can't really understand if it means something or it is just a combination of words. So, my ...
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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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Which preposition is appropriate?

Hurry up! We have to go in five minutes. Hurry up! We have to go by five minutes. Which one is correct? Based on my study, in is used to mean a particular period of time. So 1 should be more ...
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“To arrive at school” and “at school to arrive”

I work at an ESL school and my students were taking an exam that asked them to unscramble words into a sentence. The result (as given by the answer key) was: Jessica was the last person to arrive ...
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Is there something wrong with this sentence?

I wrote in my English test: From 1960 both boys and girls have been allowed to study here. Is there something wrong with that sentence? Maybe I should have said: Since 1960 both boys and girls ...
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Prepositional verb structure - “[rely] [on John]” or “[rely on] [John]”

It is difficult to determine the correct consituent structure of prepositional verbs, such as rely on someone. Either on someone forms a constituent to the exclusion of rely, as in (1), or rely on ...