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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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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Is it correct to say “A speaking task by using WhatsApp messenger”? [closed]

Can I use "by using" in a title or phrase or does it have to be a full sentence? I want to put a caption under one of my photos I took in one of my classrooms in which my students are doing a ...
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What's the implication of this sentence in this context? [closed]

It's 4 AM, we've been up for 14 hours, and began watching a movie in Netflix, ever since the movie began, I kept talking about NASA and scientific research for 15 minutes, when my partner interrupted ...
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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 ...
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Does 'to' function as a preposition in 'the trick to getting this chair to fold' but in a to-infinitive in 'some tricks to speed up your …'? [migrated]

In a dictionary, I find two example sentences of the use of "trick": What's the trick to getting this chair to fold up? On page 21, some tricks to speed up your beauty routine. As we know, "...
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Difference between “safe from” vs “safe of” something

When indicating that something is secured from something dangerous it is possible to say that it is safe from something. For example, you might say Properly kept farm animals are safe from ...
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Repeating “for” after “especially”

Let's imagine a sentence such as Fasting is good for health and, especially, being hungry. Should I repeat the "for" preposition after "especially"? Thanks.
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Measurements performed in/on/at patients [closed]

Hi I am writing a scientific article and I experience some difficulties with this sentence. Measurements of aortic diameter were performed at/in/on all patients ≥ 55 years. What is the correct ...
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(for) any longer [migrated]

Is 'for' necessary before 'any longer', or at all? I won't be able to talk (for) any longer. I can't talk (for) any longer. I can't workout (for) any longer.
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Which preposition is to be used before “participation” — in or on?

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: I had one social studies teacher who proclaimed to us on the first day of class that everyone was expected to speak "correct and proper ...
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When to use a particular preposition

Is there a rule that determines when a particular preposition is used? For example, in the following sentences: “for signing” versus “to signing” and “for playing” versus “to playing”. He was ...
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Need help with a grammar question about prepositions [duplicate]

Is “to” in the following examples a preposition, or does it act as part of the verb (to obtain, to sign, to complete)? Many thanks! ▻ I finally managed to obtain a copy of the report. ▻ Both ...
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In a car or on a car? [closed]

I know that normally we say travel by car or in a car, but would it be acceptable to say 'on a car'?
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Why is it “on the inside” and not “in the inside”?

The expression "in the inside" appears to be logical (because insides are closed spaces with boundaries) but the more common expression is "on the inside." What’s the reason behind this usage?
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“Born in a City” or “Born at a City”? Uncommon Usage by Edward FitzGerald [duplicate]

I was reading Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward FitzGerald. In introduction, the translator writes: Khayyam was born at Naishapur. I always thought that we needed to use in in such a ...
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Preposition after 'deluged'

I am aware that the word deluged means two things: Flooded with water Overwhelmed The question I want to ask is its usage in a sentence. Would I say 'deluged with' or 'deluged by' something? In ...
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High or high up?

Who installs a power outlet that high? Could I say just high in this sentence as opposed to high up? Does high up distinguish the meaning from being misunderstood as if you were intoxicated? Is it ...
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grandfather of or to two children? [closed]

What do these mean? He's a grandfather of two. He's a grandfather to two.
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Why does “on top of” lack of an article before “top”? [closed]

I read in a children's book, Bliff’s fun phonics: "The duck is on top." "Top" is supposed to be countable. Why is there not an article before "top" in the phrase?
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subscribing of or subscribing to?

I received a Location error on a website that suggests me to try subscribing of Romania's service when within its boundaries Basically I'm trying to subscribe to a Romanian service, but I'm not in ...
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Are the commas necessary in this type of sentence?

Here's the sentence: From what I could see, Brom's facial expression turned from a neutral look, to a surprised one, and then to displeasure. I feel that no commas are necessary when in the form, "...
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ease of OR ease for [closed]

The feature is popular because of its ease of/for automation. What is the correct choice in the given example? Is there some rule when to use of or for?
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Confused whether to use AFTER or OF in these given sentence [migrated]

Kindly consider this sentence I hired a taxi from the airport within minutes after arrival to reach home as soon as possible. I just want to know whether I should use within minutes after arrival ...
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The difference between be aimed at and aim to?

According to Longman, I think I can use "aimed at ing" and "aiming to v" both. GRAMMAR: Patterns with aim • You aim to do something: I aim to study medicine. ✗Don’t say: I aim at ...
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What is correct in the following sentences? [closed]

The system shows 79 pcs in stock from the previous version of the V95830 harness. The system shows 79 pcs in stock of the previous version of the V95830 harness.
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Form of a verb relating to a subject referred to by a preposition

In this sentence: The security system comprises a complex network of specialized detectors that protect against temperature fluctuations, eliminate dust particles, and regulate humidity, thus ...
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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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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 [closed]

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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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?