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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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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'...
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Choice of preposition in “best-of-x” in sports and other competitions

I would like to understand the logic (if there is any) behind the phrase "best-of-x" (where x is a number) in the context of competitions, most notably sports. I understand that best-of-five implies ...
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correct usage of preposition 'on' and 'with' [migrated]

which of the following sentence is correct and why? 1.The principal started his lecture with a pessimistic note. 2.The principal started his lecture on a pessimistic note
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First song I ever recorded (was to/to was) a Fat Joe beat

I watched an interview and he said "First song I ever recorded was to a Fat Joe beat." I wonder, can I switch the positions of "was" and "to" like this? "First song I ever recorded to was a ...
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I have problems with “on” and “in” [on hold]

When I write a text and I have to use an structure preposition as on and in, I get too confused about them. Sometimes I use on instead of in, and viceversa. Is there a tip to use them correctly?
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Is it ever correct to use “on” after “continue”?

Is it ever grammatically correct to use the word "on" after the word "continue"? as in: "After this break, we will continue on with the broadcast."
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Articles and Prepositions: “At/The mountain of…” and “…descended in/on her head” [on hold]

The/A mountain of family responsibilities had already descended in/on her head. According to me, it is in her head. But I am not 100% sure about the answer because in the net various answers are ...
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Confusion in usage of In / within

●In the given sentence which one is more appropriate out of in and within " The voice in / within you " ●If suppose i replace ' you' with 'me' which preposition out of in,within will be the most ...
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Can you always replace “that that” with “which that”?

At least I haven't yet been able to imagine a context in which there is a clear semantic difference between "that that" and "which that". No hardware warnings, either. I've always been a bit troubled ...
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When do we use each of these (in/on/at)?

Is there a clear and easy way to tell when to use each one (in/on/at) ? specially in places where they sound very similar like "Do you feel sleepy at school or at work?" / "The players were on court ...
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“breaking the window” or “breaking of the window”

I've come across this: He insisted that he had nothing to do with breaking the window. Is it correct? Shouldn't use the preposition "of" between "breaking" and "the window"?
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On vs In In the given sentence [on hold]

Which one of the following is correct? On the pulpit/In the pulpit. I Hope it is on the pulpit.
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Using “from” instead of “since” when referring to a date

Is it appropriate to use "from" instead of "since" in reference to a specific date? Also, does it matter whether this date is in the past or future when considering the previous question? For example,...
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“Sit at the beach” [on hold]

I have a question about the use of "at the beach". I know there were similar topics, however in none of them I can find whether it is possible to say "sit at the beach". More specifically I want to ...
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preposition follow the word “interpreter”?

Example Statement: He acted as interpreter between the Spanish locals and the tourists. Should the preposition following "interpreter" be "between" or "for" or something else? or should the entire ...
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Function of PPs with predicative complements

According to CaGEL* (e.g. p.636 ff), prepositions can take predicative complements, as in [1] She worked as a waitress [2] He passed for dead [3] I took you for granted [4] They left him for ...
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correct usage of 'to' [closed]

which sentence is correct and why? 1.If you had told me,I would have helped you solve the problem 2.If you had told me,I would have helped you to solve the problem
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What does “in with” mean?

This is from a children's book. That lucky two-dollar bill I was having. It was in with my socks. Can someone tell me what the last sentence means? And, in particular, what does "in with" mean?
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Avoiding dangling prepositions when using the passive voice

I'm aware that many people say it is perfectly fine to end a sentence in a preposition. Let's just say that I accept that. However, a preposition should imply the existence of a prepositional phrase,...
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“resulted in” vs “resulted on”

Consider the sentence The attack resulted in Robert breaking his ankle. Is resulted in correct here? What about resulted on, would it be correct here or in any other sentence? what other word can ...
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“Apply for” vs. “apply to”, a different case

The method A is applied for the determination of B. or The method A is applied to the determination of B. I often see these phrases in scientific texts. But which one is correct? There is ...
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How is “Scope of Work” pluralized: “Scopes of Work” or “Scope of Works”?

If a title of a thing has a prepositional phrase in it, does the plural form pluralize the subject or the object of the preposition, i.e. 'Scope of Work', is the plural form 'Scopes of Work', or '...
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More months in a year than days in a week

Is it right to say, There are more months in a year than days in a week. My question is how to compare between two groups of words using 'than'?
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What is the preposition with word “place”

I want to make a sentence like this: "the place I like to spend time in/at is", but don't know what preposition to use. I've searched for it, but there are only rules for using prepositions with ...
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do you always have to use “for” after the verb stay?

are "I stayed 10 days in Algeria" and I stayed for 10 days in Algeria" both correct? are "I stayed a month in Algeria" and I stayed for a month in Algeria" both correct? thanks for your help
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How may I more correctly say “If a (noun) may be (past-tense verb) (preposition),–”

Here is my specific sentence: If an object specification may be inherited from,– I guess what's going on here is that I'm struggling with object specification being the indirect object of ...
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What is the correct preposition in this sentence?

What is the correct preposition in the following sentence? Rapid convergence in the media and entertainment industries is blurring the line between “who does what.” Is “between” correct here? Or ...
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Using “into” or “inside” [closed]

which sentence do you prefer? Alex invited the new visitors inside the house and led them to his parents’ office. Alex invited the new visitors into the house and led them to his parents’ office.
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The use of OF and ON in advertisement [closed]

Please this statement, "Order for a plate OF any kind or Order for a plate ON any kind", which is correct?
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What's correct “let's change it (to or for) another day?”

Asking to change the cath-up to another day? What's correct lets change it to another day or for another day?
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At about age 30 [migrated]

Is is grammatically right to leave out the definite article in the following sentence? what would change if the word about were not added? At about (the) age 30, Jesus was baptized
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Is “Within” a Substitute for “in the”?

I would like to know the correct usage of this preposition: Is it correct to say: "Position within the Organization" or "Position in the Organization"? In which context is it correct to use one ...
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“in roadmap” vs “on roadmap”

In software development planning, a roadmap is used to describe what lies ahead. In our industry, we say: "put it in the roadmap". But when it comes to maps, I would search "on" a map. Do I say ...
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“1º Noun + 2º Noun ” or “2º Noun + of the + 1º Noun”?

I know this must be a simple question, but I really can't find (probably I don't know how express this question to search in google) the explanation for this. In the phrase: Full Coverage of the ...
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which word is correct to use? And or or?

In the following sentence which is correct to use? And or or? "I have the choice between Tony or Samantha" "I have the choice between Tony and Samantha."
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“Survive” vs “survive for” in a question

Is there any difference, either in meaning/emphasis or in correctness, between "survive" and "survive for" in a question? Example: I didn't water my plants before leaving. How long will they ...
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How many would you like to request it for?

Trying not to sound too ignorant while instructing a piece of software in order to allow people to make request of services/items and while trying to say "For how many people would you like to make ...
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Road closed to through traffic

What is the grammatical analysis of the sign "Road closed to through traffic", specifically the prepositions "to through"?
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Which preposition to use here?“Of” or “among”? [closed]

Which preposition to use here?"Of" or "among"? prepositions I came across a blank in a sentence which was: The peacock is perhaps the most beautiful _____ male birds. What should I fill there? Of or ...
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“Welcome *at* the train”?

The Austrian Federal Railways recently translated some (more) of their automated onboard announcements, one of the new automated announcements now welcomes passengers at the train ("Welcome at the ...
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when to use “to” vs “in” with elope?

I would have thought "elope to (destination for the marriage)" was correct. However, I recently saw someone write "elope in (destination for the marriage)," and when I looked it up, the answer wasn't ...
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'I like how my family is supporting me with this?' 'I like how my family is supporting me in this?'

Which one is correct? 'I like how my family is supporting me with this?' 'I like how my family is supporting me in this?' So this is in context of they(the family) is supporting me with the ...
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'Starting' in March [participle or preposition]

Starting in March, people will also finally be able to buy the Exodus phone with cash and not just cryptocurrency. Is 'starting' here a participle form of a verb or a preposition? If it's a ...
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On a task / at a task / in a task

Simple enough, here's the context: ...the phenomenon whereby one's performance on a task is unconsciously influenced by the presence of others... But should it be on a task, in a task, or at a ...
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When and why not to use ''to''

They need TO control TO somebody. They need TO speak TO somebody. How can I explain why the first one is not correct???
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How do you know when to use “in”, “at” and “on” when describing a state or condition of something? [closed]

For example: She put me at ease. I'm in love. Put something on hold.
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Them or their after despite? [duplicate]

What's the correct usage: embattled customers whose flats are in limbo despite them or their having made the payment? What's the logic?