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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IN/ON with Nouns

I read in an article that IN preposition expresses a conditional state of being for example- • I am in love • This is the best option,in fact • Call me in case you need my help tomorrow And ON ...
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usage of 'more common'

We all know that tigers are found only in Asia and not in Africa. So is it correct to say that tigers are "more common" in Asia than Africa?
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What is the correct preposition for “ask”?

While the verb "ask" is usually followed by an indirect object and therefore doesn't take a preposition, it is sometimes the case that we want to emphasize the person who is supposed to ...
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Using of/for with need

When using "need" is it of or for For example: no need for extra money or no need of extra money Which one is correct and why?
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I have a doubt on preposition of a sentence [closed]

please choose the proper preposition with explanation. "I remember the day when i was taking a test for grade 1 students." or "I remember the day when i was taking a test of grade 1 ...
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in the system vs. of the system

Is there any difference in the meaning and usage of in the system and of the system. For instance: Organs in the respiratory system and Organs of the respiratory system Components in a system and ...
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Succeed at vs succeed in [American English]

There is a similar question but it’s not completely answered. For example, Ludwig shows that The New York Times and others use both. Merriam-Webster also contains both. Is it a difference between AE ...
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Choosing the right preposition when there are multiple adjectives modifying the noun

When we want to be specific, we can have two separate prepositions following two different adjectives. Such as: ... can be either supportive of or perilous for a noun. But, can we choose to only have ...
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Prepositions with verbs in the end of sentences through 'and' or 'or'

Can we use verbs and prepositions in the end of sentences through 'and' or 'or'? And if we can't, how should we rephrase it? For example: I have someone to talk to and play with.
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The usage of “from” and “for” in “from the scarcity of other markets for the surplus…”

I read this sentence from Thomas De Qincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (p. 10): Here I might have stayed with great comfort for many weeks, for provisions were cheap at B---, from the ...
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Four-line copywriting [closed]

Children usually practise handwriting in four-line copybooks. They practise it on each page. And they write each letter touching the top and bottom lines. We usually convey this idea using either '...
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Omitting “by” preposition and the resulted phrase

Consider the following examples: I paid for it by using my credit card. I was in contact with my friends by sending letters. I learned how to dance by watching online videos if I remove the ...
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All (*of) the students/contracts [duplicate]

According to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English Although some object to the inclusion of of in such phrases as all of the students and all of the contracts and prefer to omit ...
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Distributor of or Distributor for

Another person who greatly influenced my boyhood was my first cousin, Samsuddin. He was the sole distributor for newspapers in Rameshvaram. [WINGS OF FIRE] I don't understand why "for" is ...
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Scheduled FOR or IN the next days

Which preposition should be used in this sentence: "She has 5 sessions scheduled for/in the next 7 days." For context: I want to say that she has booked this number of sessions with the ...
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Does any of the following sound metaphorically correct?

"This data has been sitting on my hard drive for years." OR "This data has been sitting in my hard drive for years."
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Facet of/facet to

She has many facets to her personality She has many facets of her personality The only redeeming facet of the group was a boy Why is it so? How 'to and of' prepositions are used in these sentences?
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adjective + “issue of whether”

According to Garner's fourth edition, Although issue whether is typically better, issue of whether has certain justifiable uses in which of is obligatory, usually when issue is modified by an ...
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“great for the chase” vs “expert in the chase”

"Great for the chase" vs "Expert in the chase" I found these two clauses on the same page of The Iliad: Then Menelaus son of Atreus caught the brilliant hunter Scamandrius with ...
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“Pull in to” or “pull into”? “Head in to”, “Head into”, “head to”, or “head for”?

My question may sound weird, but what which of these is correct? “She pulled in to the parking lot” “She pulled into the parking lot” “I was heading for school.” “I was heading to school.” “I was ...
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what does X mean vs what does it mean X

Once upon I time I asked the following question during a class for the CAE certification: What does it mean to [verb and something else]? and I was told that that's not English, as I should say ...
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What is real time indicator? [closed]

Does 'real time indicator' mean collecting data: -over time at specific period, for example of the year/month etc, or -as it happens, for example, in very short intervals, like a month, week, day or ...
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Do we still use “for” like “because”? [duplicate]

I was wondering if the use of “for” like “because” was current use. For example: “I haven’t come to the party, for I was tired.” Is this used nowadays? Or shall we say “I haven’t come to the party ...
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at the moment and in the moment

Suppose one of my friends is sad and I ask my other friend who is closest to my sad friend to cheer him up. I say "Only you can make him laugh at the saddest moment in his life". Is this ...
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worked on Wall Street vs worked in Wall Street?

I was wondering whether it is worked on Wall Street or worked in Wall Street. I guess it is "on", I am not sure why.
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Kiss me for 100 dollars? [closed]

I am baffled by the usage of "for" in the following sentence: A girl asks a guy "Would you kiss me for 100 dollars?" Does she mean: A: You kiss me and you get 100 dollars or B: ...
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On vs over (is using “on” wrong here?)

I know the difference. I know over in this case means that the thing covers all or almost all of the other thing, and on simply means that the thing is on part of the surface of the other thing. But, ...
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Is this a compound adjective, and if so, what parts of it should be capitalized in a title? [duplicate]

I am currently proofreading some documents which go by the title "Pre and Post Visit Materials". For the life of me, I can't decide whether "post visit" counts as a compound ...
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“the right of doing“ or ” the right to do"?

A sentence from an ACT English test: The court agreed with Kevin that a person’s right to wear clothing of his or her own choosing is, in fact, protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. Is it correct to ...
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Wishing Someone a Happy Birthday

Is it correct to say "Please wish John a very happy birthday from me"? Or should it be "Please wish John a very happy birthday for me"?
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Grammatical Correctness of the Phrase “interpretations on _____”

I am aware that the commonly used preposition following the word "interpretations" is "of", but is using "on" also grammatically correct? I have seen the word "on&...
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“Equalize” as a substitute for “counterbalance”

When I say "This is equalized by that" is this the correct way to express that the weight of "that" is equal to the weight of "this"? And I want to stress here that "...
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Is this correct use of for which?

If the following use of "for which" is not correct, how to rephrase? This is why I think COVID will be with humans forever. We can't even get rid of measles, diphtheria, and cholera, all for which ...
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Which preposition do you use: at/in/on + job?

I wonder what preposition should be used in the following example: What were you responsible for at/on/in you previous job? Thank you in advance!
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Origin of the “preposition+relative pronoun” construction as used to avoid sentence-terminal prepositions

The rule against using prepositions to end sentences with is bogus—that much is clear—but what about the syntactic construction commonly used to avoid violating this rule, as parodied in the phrase ...
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BELIEVE IN the notion or BELIEVE the notion?

When I don't trust what someone says, then I need to say, I don't believe you. without 'in'. But for the notion, it's a concept, so I think I need to say, I don't believe in the notion. but ...
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Preposition “in/on” when referring to a date range

This question is different from On vs At with date and time. I am trying to write a sentence saying that some conversation happened at a conference "in/on" May 1--6. I am having a hard time choosing ...
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'As a result of' Usage

As a result of seems to be quite a versatile phrase, and I can't entirely figure out the contexts in which it is used. This statement is apparently wrong: Sound can travel through water for ...
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Install to, Install on…?

No replacement parts will be installed to your car. No replacement parts will be installed on your car. No replacement parts will be installed onto your car. Which one of these is correct? I'm not ...
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The use of the “Of” phrase

Could anyone at this splendid forum take some of their precious time out to confirm these points: Firstly, "Of" which indicates possession and only rarely indicates possession: the key of a room. ...
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Is the preposition “to” always necessary?

1.She needs to make a phone call to Anna. 2.she needs to make a phone call Anna. Which one is correct?
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You can find detailed information … page 52

You can find detailed information ... page 52 Which of the following can be used before page 52 in the above? on in for at by
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“reason why” vs. “reason as to why”

I've written the following sentence The underpinning reason as to why honeycombs have hexagonal tiles is that... and am thinking of eliminating "as to", though the resulting sentence doesn't sound ...
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Do you write “AT 123.com”, or “ON 123.com”? US English

US English I have read other answers on this very question, and no one seems to be able to come up with a clear cut grammatically correct solution. For a website/platform is it: A) At 123.com, you ...
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open to offers vs. open for offers

I'm working on a claim (slogan) for a website and was wondering whether "open to offers we can't refuse" or "open for offers we can't refuse" would be more appropiate. And, yes, I know about the ...
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What does ”over” really mean in this sentence?

”The rain fell over New York City”. Does this mean that it rained in every place of the city? Or does it state where from the rain fell? I’m very confused about this.
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What type of phrase is “Of Unsaid Goodbyes”? Is it grammatically valid for a title of a book?

Specifically, in what way has "of" been used here? Is this a common use of the word?
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Why objects of prepositions are called “objects”?

Textbooks of English grammar say that there are three types of objects: direct objects, indirect objects and objects of prepositions. But I cannot understand why the former two types (a major ...
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At angles you’d have to be careful walking (at)

A car review article titled "Escape the City and the Roads with the 2020 Subaru Outback" has this paragraph: X-Mode also enables the Hill Descent Control. After a quick coffee break 800 ...
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complete {{the most exercises}} among

Will it be correct and sound natural to say: "Complete the most exercises among 20 participants and become a winner"? I am not sure about using "among" in this sentence. Does it sound correct or ...

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