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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Through My Lens or/and In My Lens?

To refer to someone who photographs something, or to something that is photographed by a camera lens, can we say : "in my lens" / "in the lens of" "through my lens" / &...
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Which preposition is correct to anticipate the noun phrase 'Instagram post'?

When we talk about photos, it's 'in' the correct preposition to use (see English Grammar In Use, p.248). However, is it 'in' or 'on' when expressing a situation like 'There is a beautiful woman in/on ...
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Difference between 'far', far off' and 'far out'? [closed]

I am a native Spanish speaker and this is getting me really frustrated. Online dictionaries all give the same meaning for all these far + prep expressions, all say the same thing "a great ...
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Is there a difference between "care about" one vs "care for" one?

One person says:"You don't care about me!" Another replies: "I care deeply for you." Instead of replying "I care deeply about you," the replier says "I care deeply ...
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Conversation with stressed [closed]

I'm reza from Iran ,my problem is about my stress whenever i am going to talk my heart starts beating hundred times per minute so that I am always forgetting some of the words that i should use and ...
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Which is correct, "opt out of" or "opt out from" and why?

Which is correct, opt out of or opt out from and why? Eg. This customer has opted out of this programme OR This customer has opted out from this programme Both prepositions are used in Wikipedia: ...
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Can I use the preposition "for" with the meaning of support or agreement in this sentence?

The sentence is as below, The discovery is being resisted by many people for exploiting fetal tissue. It seems more appropriate to interpret it as below, "exploiting fetal tissue" is the ...
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Is it correct "I have been reading the book three hours."? [migrated]

Compare the two sentences below: A: I have been reading the book for three hours. B: I have been reading the book three hours. I know A is obviously correct. But my question is: Is B also correct? ...
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Fit verb followed by in preposition

I have a question regarding the usage of the verb "fit", especially when followed by the preposition "in". Now I am aware that there is a "fit in" (as in to become ...
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Should I separate multiple "ands" in a series with commas? [closed]

I enjoy eating apples and cherries and pears and bananas. OR I enjoy eating apples, and cherries, and pears, and bananas. I apologize if this question was listed somewhere else, but I can't find a ...
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charge $10 from/to me?

Double-object verbs can be used in two structures, e.g. He gave me this book. = He gave this book to me. What about 'charge' (in the sense of asking for payment)? For 'They charged me $10.', what ...
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Identified by or Identified as

I wish to write that some variables in a scientific document can be respectively identified (as/by) some values... For instance, ...where a,b and c correspond to the energies the spinor and the ...
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"By pencil" vs "in pencil"

Is there any difference between "The letter was written by pencil" and "The letter was written in pencil" ?
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Is it "visit to my country" or "visit my country"? [closed]

Which one is correct or are they both correct? End of this year, I've a plan to visit my country. Or, End of this year, I've a plan to visit to my country.
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'Tears for' or 'Tears of'?

I was trying to write some poetry and I wonder if I can say: Perch on my lashes My tears for the wrench. I am talking about the last line. Can we say "tears for something" like "tears ...
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Can "in" be left out in "I have experience in leading teams"?

I was writing a cover letter for a job, and I'm hesitating between "I have experience leading teams" and "I have experience in leading teams." Can in be left out? If it can (or if ...
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Does "by year X" include year X?

A politician promises to, say, plant 1,000 trees "by 2022". Will one be able to tell if the promise was fulfilled on January 1, 2022 or on January 1, 2023?
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"close resemblance in/on ..." OR "closely resembling ..." [closed]

I have two quite similar fracture populations and I try to emphasize this in the following sentence. But which of the prepositions/solutions is correct in British English? The baseline ...
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The use of "Between" in dates. Which days are included? [duplicate]

When writing on a certificate "between the 28th March and the 9th April" does it mean the same as "from the 28th March to the 9th April" ?
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Is it necessary to write "by" before a percent increase? [duplicate]

In the sentence, "Immigration increased by 28%", would the "by" be correct or could the sentence read, "Immigration increased 28%"?
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Who vs whom in "many of { } are yet to be born" [duplicate]

I understand that when "those" is referred to as the subject of the verb we use "whom", and when "they" is the object we use "who". But consider the following ...
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What Greek preposition is in “exorcism”, “ek” or “ex”?

I realize this may not be typical for this forum, but I have seen the term translated to English in another post. I find exorcism explained with "ek" with the verb "horkizo” The word “...
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Preposition and article prior to dates - UK vs US differences

In the lead of the Wikipedia article on the JWST, I notice the following fragment: It was launched 25 December 2021… As a Brit, I recognize that as an American form. In the UK, we'd tend to use, &...
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"Sought for" at the end of a sentence

Does anyone know if "sought for" can be used at the end of a clause, phrase, or sentence, even if "for" might be redundant? I'm not speaking of "sought for [something]", ...
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What are the different rules for capitalization of prepositions in titles? [closed]

There are probably different rules for different style guides, but I do have one question. I have heard that the general rule is that any preposition less than four letters does not get capitalized, ...
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What is the meaning of "We should complete it by this weekend"? [duplicate]

We assume that Saturday and Sunday are the weekend, so I am confused about the meaning of "by this weekend". If for example in a sentence: "We should still complete the paper by this ...
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'in the development' or 'with the development' [duplicate]

I have the following sentence: His main task is to help us with / in the development of new methods.
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"Like" as a preposition

I know that 'like' can function as a preposition, but I want your views on this statement: A collection, like old rocks or unique autos, gives a person some individuality. I think 'like' functions ...
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"Looking right at............" is it correct to say that?

If I want to describe a place that is straight in front of a building, can I say that this place is "looking right at" that building?
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Usage of prepositions “of” and “for” in a title

I am puzzled by the title of my academic thesis. It can be entitled as Research on Key Technologies of Implementing xxx. or Research on Key Technologies for Implementing xxx. I mean we develop the ...
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What does "under me" mean in this passage?

Could you tell me what "under me" means in the following passage? "And does Mr. Rackstraw look after that [=occult stuff] too?" asked Colquhoun. "Well, some of it," the ...
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Prepostition 'as to' in poetry

So I ran accross this line in a poem of Alexander Pope: Vice is a monster of so frightful mien As to be hated needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then ...
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'Just like she does'..........is it used properly in this sentence? [duplicate]

She didn’t show the workings in the math exam, she just tried to guess the answers just like she does in the homework. I am not sure if 'just like she does' makes sense. If not what can I use ...
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Is the usage of "as" in this sentence valid? [closed]

It is from this webpage: In response to my offhand remark that the kernel densities in the article by Chen and Rodden are “tacky” and would be much better as histograms, commenter Anne asks:... It ...
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Is the omission of the preposition before the day of the week grammatically correct when the noun is directly preceded by a verb?

I have seen the sentence structure verb + day of the week (which skips the usual "on" preposition splitting the phrase) appearing here and there, e.g., in CNN's article noted below: The ...
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Does the word "besides" have two senses belonging to one semantic field?

The term "besides" can mean "apart from"; "other than"; "I have no friends besides Maria." "I have nothing besides a car." "in addition (to)&...
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Meaning of "The devil with you"

What does the expression "The devil with you" mean in this paragraph? “Yes, yes, I know all about it. Your dear sainted mother is the only woman you’ll ever let into your heart, more’s the ...
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Before proving or before being proven [closed]

Today I encountered this sentence. Before him being proven guilty, everybody thought that he was innocent. But I think there is another way to write it easily. Please correct me if I am wrong. ...
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Is it reasonable to say 'intricate with X' in the same sense one might say 'thick with flies' or 'vast with greed'?

Most 'Y with X' forms have Y as a verb - riddled with holes, filled with joy - but there are some commonly used examples where Y is an adjective. Is that a generally accepted construction that may be ...
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What does "in" mean in "tie a knot in the rope"? [closed]

What does "in" mean in "tie a knot in the rope"? Can "on" be substituted for "in"?
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Using prepositions for "finance" and "fund" [closed]

I am writing a short content matter on behalf of my client. He runs an NGO and is planning for a crowdfunding campaign so that the NGO can provide free education to children from poor families. Is it ...
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How to separate verbs and adjectives with different prepositions when describing the same noun [duplicate]

Related to this question: When I have a phrase with two verb-plus-preposition combinations, describing the same noun, but requiring different prepositions, how should they be separated? Not at all: &...
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What does "to his feet" mean? [closed]

Harry scrambled to his feet. What does the preposition "to" mean in "to his feet"?
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To which vs Which to [duplicate]

Consider the two sentences To which journal should I submit it? Which journal should I submit it to? Which one is correct and why?
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"Coming in this country" or "coming into this country" [duplicate]

Is it correct to say coming in this country just as it is with coming into this country ? There's no doubt in my mind that I can use both with arrive: arriving in this country vs. arriving into this ...
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Preposition “To” after “and”

I’m confused: “He expressed his gratitude to the Ministry and to the international organisations” Should I use “to” after “and” in this sentence? “He expressed his gratitude to the Government and ...
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'We advise her to review and practice all the concepts taught in class for better performance next term.' do we need an 'in' after performance?

We advise her to review and practice all the concepts taught in class for better performance next term. Or We advise her to review and practice all the concepts taught in class for better ...
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Can you omit the propositions "to", "as I", "as we" or "in order to" before a verb?

Here in Ghana, I've noticed a growing trend of people using phrases like: "Come, join us celebrate the goodness of God." or "This is to enable GRIDco undertake the stringing of ...
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being built vs built [closed]

Would someone describe the difference between these two sentences? Are they both syntactically correct with the different meanings? With fewer iPhones built, it is safe to conclude that sales will be ...
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Inversion of adverb/adjective and preposition

Is one of the following two sentences incorrect ? "I didn't get good enough a glimpse" (1) and "I didn't get a good enough glimpse" (2) In my native language, the latter seems more ...
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