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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Order of Correlative Conjunction + Preposition

Which of the following sentences is correct? Are both grammatical? 1: I hope to see you in either France or Belgium. or 2: I hope to see you either in France or Belgium. I have looked around in a ...
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Proper usage of “since” and “from” with regard to duration of time

When you returned, I had been at home since 10 minutes. When you returned, I had been at home from 5 minutes. In such sentences, is it correct to use since or from? When since is used?
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Confusion in usage of In / within

●In the given sentence which one is more appropriate out of in and within " The voice in / within you " ●If suppose i replace ' you' with 'me' which preposition out of in,within will be the most ...
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Is 'with' a preposition or an adverb? [closed]

I am a bit confused if with is a preposition or an adverb.https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwih2NX-...
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Your health and well-being are of paramount concern to us. What does 'of' mean here?

I received an email from a university and am a bit confused about the sentence below: As you’re aware, your health and well-being are of paramount concern to us as we look to adopt the latest ...
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Is there a difference between “after 3 days from the date” and “3 days after the date”?

I received a message from bank regarding a transaction I made. The line was: please raise dispute after 3 working days from the date of transaction If I were to send this, I would have written: ...
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In + pres. participle constructions (“In performing,” “in using”)

I'm working on preparing some text for translation into Spanish and have come across this construction, which sounds perfectly fine to me, but I've been unable to find any definition or description ...
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Do these sentences follow the syntax rules the best? If not, how would you write them using the same words? Please provide me the correct sentences [closed]

Do these sentences follow the syntax the best? If not, how would you write them without framing them very differently? Was ever a case of yours referred to the court? (question being asked to one ...
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The road injuries are of major concern in Indian metro cities

In the above sentence, Is it correct if I add 'of" in front of major concern. OR Is it okay, "a major concern'
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at/in city [when country follows city ]

I know we generally use in for "city, town and country ". But I am confused about when "the country " follows "the city". Which one should we use? 1) I live in Mumbai in India. 2) I live at ...
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Preposition At + Place and/or At + The + Place

I know that I can use this structure: I AM + AT + THE + NAME OF THE PLACE + TYPE OF PLACE For instance, I can say: I'm at the Empire State Building I'm at the Hilton Hotel ...
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Can 'by' be replaced with 'around', 'before' or 'in' in the sentence “japan pushes back budget surplus target by two years due to coronavirus”?

this is my sentence 'japan pushes back budget surplus target by two years due to coronavirus' why the preposition is 'by'? I looked up and understanded the usage "by + a certain time" as: ...
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“Compared with” vs “Compared to”—which is used when?

Is only one of them correct? Are they used in different situations? Or are they interchangeable?
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Succeed at vs succeed in [American English]

There is a similar question but it’s not completely answered. For example, Ludwig shows that The New York Times and others use both. Merriam-Webster also contains both. Is it a difference between AE ...
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through/by being a good example

I want to write: help them by/through being a good example. What is the right word, by or through?
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adjective + “issue of whether”

According to Garner's fourth edition, Question whether; ✳question of whether; ✳question as to whether. The first has a long literary lineage: it properly uses the noun clause beginning with whether ...
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Is it grammatically correct to omit prepositions sometimes?

I have seen quite a few people using these sentences: I have been frequently flying Jet Airways. I believe the above sentence is wrong unless the person, saying this, is the pilot themselves. The ...
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with or on a flexible schedule

Which preposition is correct to use in this context: I want to say that by taking online courses, you can improve on/with a flexible schedule. Imagine it's a description of the course (one of the ...
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To me vs for me [migrated]

What's the correct sentence: You might be able to find a job for me or You might be able to find a job to me? I never understand the rules of for vs to and I just use them interchangeably. Is there a ...
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I would like to know if I use “in” or “on”

I would like to know if "in" is okay to use on the below sentence Please notify me when your service in this matter has been concluded so we may close our file.
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Does one remonstrate another or does one remonstrate with another?

If I am protesting forcefully the actions of another, let’s call him Joe, would it be better to say: I remonstrated Joe over his choice of words in that argument. or would I say: I remonstrated ...
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Omitting “by” preposition and the resulted phrase

Consider the following examples: I paid for it by using my credit card. I was in contact with my friends by sending letters. I learned how to dance by watching online videos if I remove the ...
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When should I use “to do” and “to doing”

folks Here are two sentences that I find difficult to understand the grammar during my reading. Last year, two of her ministers suggested that convicted tycoons be pardoned if they could contribute ...
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“Between each” and Other Constructions with Fewer than Two Objects

Page 112 of Garner's fourth edition reads ✳Between each and Other Constructions with Fewer than Two Objects This phrasing is a peculiar brand of illogic, ✳between each house/speech,instead of, ...
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“Turn out the light” vs “Turn off the light”

What is the difference between "turn out the lights" and "turn off the lights"? Are they interchangeable? Which one seems more appropriate if there is no difference?
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Preposition use: ON or AT the Dragon Boat Festival?

To clarify, I've asked the question on ELL, and received unsatisfactory results, and this site seems to be my last hope. In an English textbook used in China, a sentence reads like this: We (...
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How many would you like to request it for?

Trying not to sound too ignorant while instructing a piece of software in order to allow people to make request of services/items and while trying to say "For how many people would you like to make ...
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Why do we omit preposition before 'these days'?

We usually say 'in those days'. Eg: In those days, his life was miserable. When we say 'these days', usually, we don't use preposition before it. Eg: These days he is very busy. Can anyone explain ...
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Maybe because the salt content in Yippee is a little less

Maybe because the salt content in Yippee is a little less. Maybe because the salt content is a little less in Yippee. Which one of these two is grammatically correct? Can you throw some light on this ...
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“Mistaken as” vs. “mistaken for”

I heard someone use the words mistaken as rather than mistaken for. Is this correct? If it is correct then what is the difference between the two? Is it ever wrong to use mistaken as, and if so, why? ...
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How to NOT end a sentence in for [duplicate]

"Uncover what people are looking for" Is there any other way to write that sentence without ending in a preposition ('for')?
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When asking someone to smell something, is it correct to say “smell of this” or “smell this”? [migrated]

Which is grammatically correct? Smell of these fresh coffee beans. Smell these fresh coffee beans. Is it correct to use the preposition “of”?
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“Pull in to” or “pull into”? “Head in to”, “Head into”, “head to”, or “head for”?

My question may sound weird, but what which of these is correct? “She pulled in to the parking lot” “She pulled into the parking lot” “I was heading for school.” “I was heading to school.” “I was ...
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He is {off/on/in/out} to Washington? [closed]

Which one of the following is most appropriate to use? He is {off/on/in/out} to Washington?
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Is there any difference between “admit something” and “admit to something”?

"Admit to stealing the money." And "Admit stealing the money." A lot of people, including native speakers, have told me there is no difference between them. But for some reason the ...
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Which preposition should I use (during/on the time)

Context: Teachers set their schedules in an electronic calendar by showing the time slots they can teach. And we've noticed that these time slots are very popular among students. Which preposition ...
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GPA (Grade Point Average) for/in/of

The preposition suitable for this noun is quite a headache to me. Please consider the following: I finished those programs with flying colors. The GPAs for/in/of the two programs were outstanding ...
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“Soil acidification” or “acidification of the soil”?

I'm writing an article for a scientific magazine, and this is a particular example of a general doubt that often happens to me. When should I use "X of Y" instead of "Y X"? I hope ...
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Does it make sense to say “to be cross over something” with cross meaing annoyed?

We can say someone is mad/angry/annoyed over something. Can we use the same structure for the adjective "cross"?
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What's the difference between “take over control of” and “take control over”?

I'm currently reading India after Gandhi: The History of the World's Largest Democracy written by Ramachandra Guha, and in one of the starting pages of the book, the author has written the sentence. ...
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The preposition 'from' to show source

Referring to this lexico definition of from, I'm aware of the usages 3 (Indicating the source or provenance of someone or something) and 6 (Indicating the raw material out of which something is ...
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Wishing Someone a Happy Birthday

Is it correct to say "Please wish John a very happy birthday from me"? Or should it be "Please wish John a very happy birthday for me"?
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Data were collected “by” or “with”?

I feel like by and with are both correct but they mean different things and should be used in different context. for example i would use by if data were collected by someone (a person or a company) ...
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Some useful tips for/of learning English and any other languages?

Should I use "for" or "of" for the sentence in the title? It feels right in both cases. I did some research on the internet but still I am having trouble deciding which one is ...
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Is it correct to write “Request to Help” as a subject line for an email?

I sent an email to the IT Dept. to ask for a technical help. I had googled some suggestions for a suitable subject line and found "Request to help...". I used it, but then I thought it was not be ...
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“For X, use Y” vs. “To represent X, use Y”

Is it grammatically correct and idiomatic to use "For X, use Y" in the meaning of "To represent X, use Y"? The target document is a programming style guide. I like the brevity of ...
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“drive by” = “drive near”? [closed]

Is it correct to say "drive by London", "drive by the beach" in the meaning of "near London", "near the beach"?
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Use of preposition “of” after “ask,” “inquire,” and “inquiry”

I’m mystified about the use of the preposition “of” after the verb “ask” and “inquire” and the noun “inquiry.” Would someone help me, please? First, do these two sentences mean the same thing? I ...
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'As a result of' Usage

As a result of seems to be quite a versatile phrase, and I can't entirely figure out the contexts in which it is used. This statement is apparently wrong: Sound can travel through water for ...
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On the planet, or in the planet [closed]

I know the typical usage is on but I'm wondering what's more comprehensive: The number of species in the planet or The number of species on the planet

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