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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discount to vs discount off vs discount off of vs dicount from

To get the full A app company experience, we recommend you upgrade to our paid version (at a substantial discount TO list price). I found that sentence on a website of an app company and the ...
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“In the process” VS “During the process”

Below are some sentences involved these two phrases. Could "during" and "in" be replaced by each other? During the process the permeability damage to coal reservoirs caused during the development ...
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“to invest in the seed round of XYZ” vs “to invest at the seed round of XYZ”

In June of 2017, she financed with $1 million the seed round of XYZ. In June of 2017, she invested $1 million in the seed round of XYZ. In June of 2017, she invested $1 million at the seed round of ...
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Origin of the saying 'It's a soda'?

We say that something is easy (in Australia at least) by saying that 'it's a soda?' What is the origin of this please? Why soda?
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Drafting (of) reports

I want to say that: "I contributed to drafting proposals", and unsure if I use a preposition after "drafting"... Thanks! The website wants more symbols, so I keep typing. In fact, I am quite sure ...
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proceed to/with the next step

What is the difference between these two phrases? proceed to the next step proceed with the next step By intuition, I would say that proceed with lays the focus on what will be proceeded with ...
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Correct use of the noun “compromise”

Is the noun "compromise," as part of the usage "compromise with," correct in the following sentence? It seems it is stating the opposite of what it intends. Anyone seeking compromise with the ...
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Using the preposition For to indicate a purpose

I am curious to know if the usage of "for" in the sentence below is grammatical? The reason why “socioeconomical understanding” is chosen as the umbrella section is for it to mediate the ...
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“next Monday” or “in the next Monday” [migrated]

Are both sentences below correct? I will go to the event next Monday. I will go to the event in the next Monday. I know that "next Monday" is idiomatic and I know that "on next Monday" is incorrect/...
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Semicolon between independent and dependent clause?

I saw the following sentence in the NY Times: “The Jarheads lost more people that day than Mr. Ribeiro’s combat unit lost in the first gulf war; so many that it had been impossible to attend all of ...
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noun + <of> + the size/etc of

1. Somebody (of) her age shouldn't do such strenuous exercises. 2. We saw a giant jellyfish (of) the same size as an adult human. 3. I have a dog (of) the size of yours. 4. A flock of ...
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Changing of phrasal verbs by tenses

Probably that is extremely strange question , but can I change pharasal verbs by tenses ? There is no something else information at the most popular resources . For example , break down Past ...
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Is it 'Save time IN your morning routine' or 'Save time ON your morning routine'?

I need help on this. Do I say Save time in your morning routine or Save time on your morning routine ? The context: a beauty procedure that simplifies women's makeup routine. Thank you for ...
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Is it appropriate to eliminate the “ing” after “for”? [closed]

Are both of these sentences correct? a) This is a new device for detection of the wall cracks. b) This is a new device for detecting the wall cracks. I know that usually we use for + V ing and ...
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PhD at University X or PhD from University X [duplicate]

I wish to present my education for a potential employer. If I had the chance to phrase a whole sentence, I would go for "I received my PhD from University X", as suggested in other answers to related ...
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Is it appropriate here to use “of” or not here?

Which is correct? a) There is no consensus about the definition of chronic brain damage. b) There is no consensus about chronic brain damage definition. How many words could be placed in a row ...
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How can “of me doing something” be grammatically correct? What grammar rule is this? [duplicate]

The first book on my list has actually been recommended to me like multiple times over the years of me doing BookTube. I found that sentence in my English book, and the last part where it reads of ...
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…compensated with money

I need to stress that a person will receive money as a compensation (not e.g. checks or vouchers or whatever). Can I use the following sentence? Does it make sense? Does it sound English? :) ...and ...
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Is there any difference between 'come in by the door on your right' and 'come by the door on your right'?

I have learned prepositions for three days, but today I get a question about those two different forms that 'come in by the door on your right' and 'come by the door on your right'. in my point of ...
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In what cases can we begin noun clauses with a preposition?

In what cases can we begin noun clauses with a preposition? Is there any rule? My examples (sorry if they are bad): 1. You need to choose with what you agree and with what not. 2. Don’t tell him ...
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Is there any difference between 'a friend of mine' and 'a friend to me'? [duplicate]

I have read a paragraph in a book named English preposition that gives a definition of 'a friend of mine' which means that OF integrates the person into the sphere of your affection, but I can not ...
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Usage of “to” and “in”

Consider following sentence They are helping some candidates in getting admissions to the institute. In the above sentence, whether it should be "to" or "in"?
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meaning of 'on which'

I have searched in Google, dictionary and StackExchange and I couldn't understand. I want to know what is the meaning of 'on which'. We call one of those sets the training set, on which we learn ...
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CMS: The case f “Based on” [duplicate]

How would you capitalize a heading that includes "based on" according to the Chicago Manual of Style?
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Why “the claim that” and not “the claim OF that”?

the bridge was destroyed → the destruction of the bridge that equality matters was claimed → the claim that equality matters Why is the preposition of omitted from the last phrase? Edit: In my ...
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The use of the preposition “with” in context [migrated]

Tell me please if I need to include the preposition with in the following sentence? I need something to write (with). Could anyone give me a pen?
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“in the world” or “of the world”

The metropolian museum is located in new york city and is among the most visited art museums ---- the world ? Which preposition suits this sentence ??
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Which preposition is correct for this sentence? [duplicate]

The metropolian museum is located in new york city and is among the most visited art museums ---- the world IN the world or OF the world? I just had exam and im so nervous that i got this one ...
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Communicating at the gym

I've always found it difficult to say certain things at the gym properly, here are a few of them: 1) Can I do a set/ Can we share the bench- when someone's using an equipment that you want to use. 2) ...
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How to choose between “out of” and “from” in connection with places

I would appreciate guidance/rules on how to choose between "out of" and "from" when discussing the origin/location of something. For example, in the Seinfeld episode "The Stock Tip", George says [1] ...
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Which preposition should I use after “The figures”? [migrated]

I have a question about which preposition should I use in this sentence: The figures ____ (for/of) train and bicycle use reveal a steady drop in these types of transport. I think of should be used. ...
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stuck {in/at} beta

You can be "stuck at home", "stuck at the airport" or "...at a certain level" e.g. Today, inflation is still low, but unemployment is stuck at a painfully high level. But you are "stuck in the middle",...
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How can you rephrase the following sentence to not end in “with”?

I turned down the university's acceptance in order to find a program whose professors I more closely identify with. In the above sentence, it is difficult to figure our whether "with" is being used ...
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What's the difference between using “of” and using “with” when showing a cause?

What is the sense of a sentence when of and with are variously used to show the cause of something? He died of cancer. He was shivering with cold. Why isn’t it like this, or can it be? If it can be, ...
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The use of the preposition “by” in the sense of doing something at a certain rate

Let's say I have three students in the class, and I have six paragraphs to read. What I want them to do is read one paragraph at a time one by one. Is it correct to use by in the following way? Now,...
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Confusing examples; Apostrophe-“s” vs “of ” [duplicate]

These examples are very confusing to me and I still can't understand the difference between 's and of. For some sentences, it is grammatically wrong but for some sentences it is correct. Please help ...
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“Author on” vs “Author of” (in an academic setting)

I'm an academic, and I've noticed that in spoken English among academics (native and non-native English speakers), there is a clear distinction between an author of a publication (journal paper, book, ...
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“Log hours against a task”

To give a little bit of context, I work on an software development company and we use a project management tool in which we raise tasks (we call them jiras, actually, but nevermind that) that ...
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Can we use 'for' and 'since' in a single sentence?

Please see the following sentence: He has been on frequent furlough for last four months since his father's death. Is this correct?
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In/on/at the last step

I can't figure out whether to use in/on/at the last step, in connection with a step by step technical tutorial. What do you guys think? None of the above sounds particularly weird or wrong to me.
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Noun case vs preposition / postposition [migrated]

The preposition expressions like " on top of the table" , "under the tree" , "above the building" are very well understood. Comparing these with the Germany noun cases " auf dem Tisch" , "unter dem ...
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‘In’ a meeting or ‘at’ a meeting? Which one is correct? [duplicate]

I would like to know what preposition ‘meeting’ should take. Should I say I’m at a meeting or I’m in a meeting?
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Relative pronoun What after a preposition

Is the last sentece correct? Children learn something. Children live with something. Children learn with what they live. I don't feel comfortable the preposition with which locates in ...
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The use of the prepositions “over” and “in” when talking about the passage of time

Could you tell me if there is any significant difference between the following sentences? We have won a lot of medals over the last five years. We have won a lot of medals in the last five ...
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Which preposition is correct with “settling”? The complete sentence is given below

This is the complete question which I came across during a competitive exam. Eager to control the South Atlantic, the British Navy had tasked Admiral Byron ________ (with/for) settling an island off ...
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“move beyond” without objectives in formal writing

Is it grammatically correct and contextually acceptable to use "move beyond" without any objective as in the following snippet? Due to stabilization of ..., product A is now ready to move beyond. ...
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Preposition after Persist

Please advise if the below are correct. We persist with what we deserve. We persist in what we deserve. We persist for what we deserve.
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Why is “the tail/house of the dog” correct, but “the bowl of the dog” not?

Upd.: I added the results of Ngram at the ending of this post. I have some sources below which I can make the next conclusions from: "the bowl of the dog" is incorrect "the house of the dog" is ...
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Early Language Development

I have always been stuck on the word "there". I have a young child who says "there it". I would say adverb in most contexts but in the context of this utterance I would classify "there" as a ...
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Correct use of IN/OR [migrated]

On the phrase "Next week, renovations on the backyard will be made.", the correct preposition should be "on" or "in"? Thanks!