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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the use of articles after prepositions [duplicate]

We say "I will contact you by letter", but we say "He was knocked down by a bus". Why is "letter" not preceded by an article?
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prepositions used with DISTANCE [migrated]

Dears, pls advise the difference in usage of the following prepositions with DISTANCE. There is little info in grammar, I'd be glad even just to hear the ideas of native speakers as they feel it. (My ...
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Use of prepositions 'in' vs 'at' successively in a single sentence

The given sentence is I live (in/at) Ambala (in/at) Harayana (in/at) India. Ambala is a town in the state of Harayna which is in India (country). You can replace the place names with anything ...
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nouns and prepositions inside infinitives

Two phrases from English-Russian dictionary of mechanical engineering and automation: to face harden to through harden That is we have the noun "face" and the preposition "through" inside the ...
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Is preposition “for” used in the sentence correctly?

In the last part of a post, I use this sentence: We thank all of you for your continued interest and support for our Facebook page. I know we often say"interest in something" or "support for ...
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'partners may not have the same buy-in in projects' vs 'partners may not have the same buy-in of projects'?

I do not know which one is the correct preposition to use in the following example. 'partners may not have the same buy-in in projects', seems to be more correct but 'partners may not have the same ...
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the path of vs the path to

Is there a difference between "the path of something" and "the path to something"? I'm confused. Here are two examples: The paths of spiritual life growth (1): Be Quiet Before God and Pray With a ...
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which preposition should I use with “elaborate” [duplicate]

I have the following sentence, and I am wondering which preposition(s) should I use to make this sentence grammatically correct. This will be elaborated on in the following section. There are two ...
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Is using “short of something” to express “missing/lacking something” grammatical?

I have heard two conflicting opinions on the following: They want to play football but they are short of one man. The intended meaning was that they were missing one player. Now, a colleague from ...
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For “The Nicest Reasons” or “of Reasons” [migrated]

What is the difference between the two sentences below: They did it for the nicest reasons They did it for the nicest of reasons from the meaning perspective? Note: I see that someone ...
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Which is correct? “of doing anything” or “to doing anything” [closed]

The dog stayed under the shade. He was not sure whether to trust the dog of doing anything. The dog stayed under the shade. He was not sure whether to trust the dog to doing anything. In another ...
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Could preposition be placed before the relative pronoun 'whose'?

Is whom or whose appropriate here? The chairman in ______ private life the newspapers are so interested has nothing to hide.
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phrase structure: “…from A to B”

In the sentence "S walked from A to B", how does the interpretation of the semantic relationship between the from-PP and the to-PP affect the grammatical structure of the sentence? On the ...
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He will leave by <the time we get there> <Monday> [on hold]

1. He will leave by the time we get there. 2. He will leave by Monday. 1. & 2. have a similar structure. Why is 1. incorrect while 2. is correct? P.S.: I have read 1. is incorrect in forum....
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Should I use the preposition “on” for a series of dates or can I omit it? [closed]

Can I omit "on" from either of these sentences? The proposed meeting is scheduled to take place on January 22–23, 2023. The meeting will be held on January 22–23, 2020, from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. ...
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''Christmas star is on the tree,'' or “in the tree”? [migrated]

Is "Christmas star is on the tree" correct? Or, should it be "in the tree"? I know "on the tree" usually is be used to something grows by the tree.
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Right preposition with “control”: “of” or “in”? [closed]

I have a question on what preposition to use with which in the following sentence. Nowadays it has become even more difficult for small businesses to survive in the competitive market which big ...
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Confusion in usage of “of” in a sentence

I read the below statement today. "Muhammad Ali was born in the small town of Louisville." Here Louisville is described as a small town. Normally when we use "small town of XXX", are we ...
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What's the correct preposition for the verb “to mirror something.” [migrated]

The context of this question: I am writing technical documentation in the field of computational science, i.e. simulating physical systems on the computer. I am writing about a method, which takes in ...
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Is “aim for” a formal structure?

When I'm writing a very formal academic article or a text at work, I make use of "aim at" in it. My question is: Can I use "aim for" as alternative formal option in my texts?
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“The same with” or “The same as”

My housemate just showed me how to switch off the fire alarm in the kitchen in case that it sounds for no reason. Then I asked him “Can I do the same with the one in my room?” Is it correct to use “...
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meaning of preposition “for” in “sing for joy” [closed]

I have read the following sentence: They drink and sing for joy. What does that mean? Are they so happy that they sing to celebrate it?
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Correct use of “connect with” & “connect to” [duplicate]

Should it be - "Please connect with the undersigned." - or - "Connect to the undersigned for any query."?
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Brave from ignorance and folly

I read a sentence: It is not fortitude to be brave from ignorance and folly. Why we use from in the construction brave from? What is the full meaning of the sentence?
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“in that time” or “at that time” [closed]

Which is correct? "at that time" or "in that time" Here is the example sentence: In the summer in Beijing it is always hot, even during the Qing Dynasty. People in/at that time did not have air ...
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Stay connected {to/with/ on} our Facebook page (prepositional confusion) [duplicate]

Which preposition is appropriate? On, with or to? Stay updated with/on our Facebook page Stay connected to/on/with our Facebook page Stay updated on the go on/with our Facebook page Stay connected ...
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In the next year vs. For the next year vs. Over the next year

I want to know the differences among these three: In the next year For the next year Over the next year Thanks in advance 😊
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Usage of 'the' before CdS crystal

Key to suppressing the photocorrosion was reported to be the in situ generation of Prussian white analogue complex CdFe-PW on the surface of the CdS crystals.
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What is the meaning of 'but' in this sentence?

What is the meaning of 'but' in this sentence? "Remember the lady who moved across the hall? So I get into the elevator today and who else gets in but her!" What does the 'but' mean here, and how ...
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“It was an April” vs “It was in April” [closed]

"It was an April afternoon. And the warm breezes of approaching summer had sent everyone, including Grandfather, indoors". The above sentences are from the story 'Adventures in a Banyan Tree' by ...
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something we were not notified of

Is this sentence correct? This is something we were not notified of. Or is using of unnecessary in the sentence?
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About repeating nouns, adjs, and prepositions

Example 1: Historical economic data, meteorological data, and hydrological data were collected from various sources. Data referred here are all historical data. Should I repeat historical, and are ...
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“on the paper” vs “on top of the paper” [migrated]

I have read a chapter on prepositions of place in a teaching manual entitled "Trainers Treasure" The author is Seth Lindstromberg and it was published in ELT JOURNAL, OUP volume 50/3, July 1996 under ...
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Difference between “I don't understand this with, in, about”

There was a post today on a forum for learners of English. The title was "I don't understand this with girls really" and a picture added below. The context of the picture was in two situations, one ...
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made of VS made from (not duplicate, tricky one)

Here I would like to ask a question about the usage of made of and made from. I know the issue has been discussed on this forum many times before, but this time I would like to ask a tricky question ...
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On / with a low budget

I've got this piece of my text: In my humble opinion, a movie can be just as good and entertaining on a low budget with certain key elements. Is it correct to say 'on a low budget' or it's better ...
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Is “falls on” the right term in this sentence?

Is "falls on" the right term in this sentence? Should it be "falls to"? I think it sounds incorrect to me — success doesn’t "fall on" some action, right? — but I can't put my finger on what should be ...
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Sita was married by Rama

1.Rama married Sita 2.Sita was married by Rama " The Teacher's Travelogue " prepared by the Regional Institute of India, Banglore discussed the use of active and passive voice. It goes on to say ...
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“Shaded with green” vs “shaded by green” as adjective? [closed]

I'm really not sure what's the difference, both seem right. The meaning is that the object has a shade of green upon it.
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What preposition should I use in this phrase?

I wnat to say 'this ilness invoves women who are in their fertility age'. Which preposition is appropriate? Should I use related to or relating to which is an inflammatory disease RELATING TO/ ...
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What's the meaning of “to” in “Love you to”? [closed]

There's a Beatles song called "Love You To" (not To Love You nor Love You Too). I've never understood this grammar construction and I don't understand what the title actually means. Is it just a ...
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Is “I am getting married with my sister” ambiguous?

I have seen the following sentences in a book given to us during our training period at The Regional Institute of English, Bangluru I got married to Priscilla. I got married with Priscilla ...
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“The monster within me” vs “The monster in me”

Can you teach me some example about using prepositions "The monster within me" vs "The monster in me" vs "The monster with me" "The monster on me" vs "The monster onto me" vs "The monster into me"
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Prepositions to express measurement

When one wants to say that the depth of the room is less than 14 feet, which of the following preposition is more appropriate - The depth of room is just below 14 feet. The depth of room is just in ...
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Stay tuned on or to? Which one is correct?

I have seen both usages. Stay tuned on our Facebook page to know more Stay tuned to our Facebook page to know more But don’t know which one is more appropriate. Please help me figure it out. ...
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What's the grammatical principle behind the use of 'for' with an adjective?

The following common expressions are in the form of for in conjunction with an adjective: (give/take) for granted (leave) for dead for better/worse for sure/certain There doesn't seem to be anything ...
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Does “to tell apart” require “from” or “and”?

Which of the following sentences are incorrect and why? Is it okay to use "and" in these phrases? And should "apart" be moved to the end of the sentence? How to tell apart a raven from a crow? How to ...
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being usages dilemma

I've read in BBC that we use use "being" as a verb-ing. BBC has listed two kinds of usage; what I want to learn about here is the "preposition + verb-ing" usage. It has been said that "being + past ...
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Dissatisfaction with/at - which one is correct?

I am writing to express my complete dissatisfaction with the meal I was served last night. I am writing to express my complete dissatisfaction at the meal I was served last night. Which one ...
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Frequency/quantity in a/one month

Please consider the following: There are four seasons IN a year I do it five times IN a year The girls meet me twice a month He smoked five cigarettes IN a day They finish five books a ...