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 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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Is it correct to use “whose” with prepositions in relative clauses?

I'm working with relative clauses and I'm trying to get a comprehensive view, and that includes the use of prepositions. When talking about whose, we learn that it is not really a relative pronoun, ...
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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!
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Technologies in or Technologies for

Which is the correct form for a company name: 1. Digital technologies for logistics LLC 2. Digital technologies in logistics LLC 3. Logistics digital technologies LLC?
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To be aware of something

Do you have any medical/mobility/health concerns of which we should be aware? Do you have any medical/mobility/health concerns of which we should be aware of? Which of the above sentences is correct?
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Using 'for' twice in a small sentence

I have something like this in my draft- ..thank you for coming for the event. Something does not feel right about using for so near to each other in this sentence.
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Location of a building

How can we describe the location of a building with its 3 sides facing 3 streets? (it lies on 3 streets) Thank you for your answer.
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“Arnold raced out of the door”: grammatical or not?

Arnold raced out of the door, and started... In its time, it was once reported, this was one of the most often-read lines of fiction in the English language: it is the sentence fragment shown in a ...
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“apply to” vs. “apply for” an opportunity

I am trying to complete the following sentence: " . . . where certification qualifies students to apply [prep.] a wider range of employment and higher learning opportunities." I have noted the ...
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Prepositions repetition question

These innovations make threats harder to detect and square up. These innovations make threats harder to detect and to square up. Which one of these is correct/better?
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“Increase 10%” or “increase by 10%” [on hold]

I was taught at the university that the correct usage of this verb is increase by, for example, like in the sentences stated below: The company's income increased by 10%. By 2015 the ...
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Shouldn't there be “in” instead of “with” in this sentence? [on hold]

I read a sentence in my book which was: Thus with the early 1970s the Congress's political success depended on attracting people on the basis of sharp social and ideological divisions and the ...
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“On” is optional with time expressions, no?

I say "I don't have any events June 1st" and "I don't have any events on June 1st" are both acceptable grammatically. The rest of the group, which includes a couple people calling themselves linguists,...
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“Member FDIC” instead of “Member of FDIC”?

For several years now (as long as I've paid attention) almost every ad or commercial for a bank or credit union says they are Member FDIC or Member NCUA. Where is the of? Why are these not Member of ...
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Did prescriptivists make up pied-piping in relative infinitive constructions?

A quick Internet search suggests that pied-piping in relative clauses was a natural feature of English even though it is loved by prescriptivists; it existed in older stages of the language, and it ...
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“separated by”, “separated with”, or does it not matter?

I'm describing how you write something down (specifically, an array initializer in JavaScript, but that's not important), and find myself intrigued by the choice of using "separated by" vs. "separated ...
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Preparation of exam or preparation for exam. Which is correct? [duplicate]

Preparation of exam or preparation for exam. Which is correct?
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Usage of “besides” [closed]

Is this sentence correct? National food culture, besides its political consequences, contributes to the national economy through the tourism and export of foodstuffs. If not, how can I make it ...
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Flexible change another prepositon [on hold]

Here is the sentence: " I argue with you" Most of the time I have been taught that ARGUE + WITH is the function that I have to remember. But recently I have read some books about lexicon and they ...
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“Located in” vs “located at”

What's the difference between them? I am interested in a generic definition, but here is the sentence I was writing: "The file is located at/in the images folder."
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Placement of preposition [closed]

I bought two discounted tickets on Standard airlines to Honolulu Or I bought two discounted tickets for Standard Airlines to Honolulu Out of the two , Please tell me which one is correct with regard ...
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Should it be “substituted in for” or “substituted for”?

The past action that I'm trying to describe is: one meal that has been replaced with a different meal. Which is more correct: "He substituted one meal for a different meal." or "He substituted one ...
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Preposition problem [migrated]

I bought two discounted tickets on Standard airlines to Honolulu Or I bought two discounted tickets for Standard Airlines to Honolulu Out of the two , Please tell me which one is correct with regard ...
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In crossing or to cross? Which is correct?

I was watching a video on YouTube and a heard this phrase: «Light takes such a long time in crossing the enormous distances and getting to us.» It didn't sound right to me, I would have said it ...
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What's the difference [closed]

What's the difference between, 'Do you have the same thing in other colors?' and 'Do you have the same thing with other patterns?' pleaasseee help me..
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Is the expression of “in order for” correct?

Is the following sentence correct? "In order for a country's foreign aid or diplomacy to be effective, it must have also military power." Especially in respect for the phrase "In order for".
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Two-word verbs described with One-word nouns

I've noticed that certain (compound?) verbs are combined into one word when the process is used as a noun. It seems to generally be processes with a preposition in them. If the noun isn't combined ...
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Which preposition should follow facilitate?

Students should be facilitated to access on-line support. Students should be facilitated in accessing on-line support. Staff should facilitate students to access on-line support.
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Prepositions and articles in “Solutions to Problems on the Course on…”

I have studied an Andvanced Course on the Theory of Finite Groups and Their Representations. I have solved some problems on this course, but I am struggling with articles and prepositions in the title ...
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“I study two hours daily” vs. “I study for two hours daily” [migrated]

Which one is correct? I study two hours daily. I study for two hours daily. Is the preposition "for" correct here or not, and why? If both sentences are correct, what is the difference in ...
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“Nothing is compared with” or “Nothing is compared to”

Do we say "Nothing is compared with the Egyptian pyramids" or "Nothing is compared to the Egyptian pyramids"? If both are correct,is either one favourable in general or in British or American ...
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‘…funding {on/in/for} a small number of departments’ [closed]

"Funding on" versus "funding in" versus "funding for"? Which of the three is correct. E.g. The government concentrates research funding on/in/for a small number of top departments.
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“of different” or just “different”? [duplicate]

Is it "Even if our trips are of different lengths" or "Even if our trips are different lengths"? Why? More specifically, the construct would be [verb] [subject] [preposision?] [adjective] [object]. ...
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Meaning of ON at the end of a sentence

There is ON at the end of the following sentence. Remaining aloof was no longer safe under the restored democracy of 403 on. 403 is the year. I think without it the sentence makes sense enough. I ...
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Do we need to use from a list or in a list in this sentence - “Click on an asset from/in the Recently delivered assets list”

Scenario - There are many assets (computers, chairs, keyboards) displayed in a list (e.g. Recently delivered assets) in a software. I need to click on an asset (e.g. computer) that is listed in ...
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Regarding parentheses and the end of sentence period, when the parentheses begin in 1 sentence but end after a second complete sentence?

“Jim likes bananas (as well as apples. He also likes most vegetables).” The finished sentence in the beginning of the parentheses, with 1 or more complete sentences after the partial sentence, all ...
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Chaining of preposition “to” with “prefer”

The standard way to use "prefer" when comparing level of preference is to say: I prefer A to B. I've read something about voting and have come across multiple preferences using "to" chained ...
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a toehold in the bottom [closed]

'He caught a toehold in the bottom for a second to look ahead.' It is out of a scene that two boys are swimming in the river. In the sentence, why didn't the writer use 'on' the bottom but 'in' the ...
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Should this have an “of” in it?

I am looking at this invitation letter and to me it seems like it is missing an "of" : You are invited to a wedding on SAT, SEPTEMBER 16TH, 2019 LORALEIGH and STEVEN I think it should ...
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On vs At with date and time

This must be a simple question for a native speaker. I know that we use "on" with dates: I'll see you on January 1st. And we use "at" with times: I'll see you at 17:30. But what preposition has to ...
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“Function defined on/over the set A”

For the mathematically inclined fellows: If f is a function whose domain is the set A, do you say that f is defined on A or over A? Do both prepositions apply here or is the use of one of them ...
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“For” or “during” the last 10 minutes?

I have some doubt if the phrases below are correct. 1) for the last 10 minutes 2) during the last 10 minutes I suppose that 1) means that some process has been going on during a period of time, e....
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When should I use “born to” vs. “born of”?

I want to shorten the sentence "Memories can only ever be created now." I'm debating between Memories are born of now. and Memories are born to now. The former sounds better, but is there a ...
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Get/give/under/make an Impression

What's the difference between: 1) Get an/the impression 2) Give an/the impression 3) Make an/the important 4) Under an/the impression. Example sentences would be really appreciated. Thank you.
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the use of “of” [closed]

In the movie Act Of Valor, the narrator says this word "War is a country of will, there’s no room for sympathy." But I'm wondering it has the same meaning of "War is a will of a country", I've seen ...
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Which is it: to or for? [closed]

I don’t really know which one is correct, is it better to use ‘to’ or ‘for’ in this context? What does summer feel like to you? What does summer feel like for you?
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What is the difference between “in” and “within”?

It seems they can be used interchangeably but I am not sure. Can somebody explain the difference of use between these two key words? Where do they become different?