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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plus; no distortion in it / plus, with no distortion in it, plus; there's no distortion in it

Which form of tis text is better? "Why are you so busy with Torah? The Quran already gives you whatever is in the Torah, plus; no distortion in it, so read it instead!" or Why are you so busy with ...
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Why don't recipes use the word “of” as in “1 cup milk” instead of “1 cup of milk”?

It really confuses me and I can't seem to find the reason for that. It's amazing how it apparently never bothered anyone.
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“Because + noun” : a new usage [duplicate]

I encountered with these sentences : No work tomorrow because holidays!  Of course evolution is true, because science. "BECAUSE + NOUN" is a new usage to me. I think 'because' has been used here as ...
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“Give advice” with or without “to”?

I saw the sentence "Which advice would you give to yourself?" on a language exchange website and had the gut-reaction that the "to" doesn't belong. I'd happily use "to" in a declarative sentence ...
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Constraints for the: X of Y vs. Y X constructions [duplicate]

While translating a text I came across this doubt that has been pestering me for too long, why is it possible to have these two constructions: A) scene of crime. B) crime scene. (although this one is ...
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Why isn't “I'm glad to hearing from you” correct?

I have read in this forum that it isn't correct: Can I say "I am glad hearing from you" or it is wrong? but in this case "to" is a preposition followed by a verb and the -ing form for the ...
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Do I always need “for” before time?

I would like to know if I always need "for" to mention time. Could you teach me when I should use "for" and when I shouldn't? (Background of this question: When I said "I slept for 7 hours last night"...
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Based on VS based off of

I have used “based on” for the entirety of my life until I went to a UK boarding school where 90% of the time I hear my teachers say “based off of” instead. For example, ”We will give you your final ...
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What preposition should I use when using two verbs

We use the preposition 'to' with the verb add, and 'from' with the verb remove, example: You need to add a product to your shopping cart. You need to remove a product from your shopping cart. Now if ...
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Is it “abstain from” or “abstain to”?

I found a following sentence in this link: "Does the Reaction of Abstaining Smokers to the Smell of Other People's Cigarettes Predict Relapse?" Shouldn't it be "abstaining from" instead of "...
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Missing from/on/in The List?

It is missing from my list. It is missing on my list. It is missing in my list. Which one is grammatically correct?
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Which preposition should I use before “cells”?

Which preposition should be placed before "cells"? in or on? For example The cytotoxicity of Doxorubicin in Hela cells? The cytotoxicity of Doxorubicin on Hela cells? or even The cytotoxicity ...
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Why “on” is used instead of “in”

Here's a sentence; "Let's do a complete overhaul on the engine room". In this sentence,I think "in" should be used instead of "on".but if this sentence is correct,then why is "on"used here?Does "on"...
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Which is the correct preposition to use?

I belong to a group of teachers who are currently working on our school yearbook. I am in the editing stage and I came across this title. Prepositions are a tricky part of speech. Which is the ...
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Preposition at the end of a phrase

"Professor, your TA thinks that the sky is green, and I think the sky is blue. I am curious which of us you agree with and what in your research leads you to this decision." vs. "Professor, your TA ...
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Analysis on vs. of

Oftentimes, I saw both "analysis of" and "analysis on" on a website or news. After searching for a while, I think "analysis of" is correct. then, Can't I use analysis on? What is the difference in ...
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“The direction traveled”

I have always found use of the phrase "the direction traveled" a bit odd, though not as striking as "travel a direction". People travel a distance and travel in a direction, but do ...
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“Difference in” or “difference to”?

Of the two choices of preposition in bold in the sentence below which one is correct? Having a university degree will make a difference to/in your career?
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Prepositions in a context

What is difference exactly between the following two sentences: (using "to" vs "for") 1- It is rare for a family to be one and done. 2- It is rare to a family to be one and done.
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“trends from 400M visitors” vs “trends by 400M visitors”

The Overflow Blog, April 20, 2020 How the pandemic changed traffic trends from 400M visitors across 172 Stack Exchange sites. I have a problem with one of the prepositions used in that statement, ...
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Meaning of “beat down”

Although Apple and Google have said that their contact-tracing apps would limit applications that tried to create a centralised database of contacts, the government has beaten down Apple on its ...
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Case of identification of the prepositional phrases and objects of the prepositions

I'd like to know what prepositional phrases are found in the sentence below, and as well the objects of the prepositions. Have you ever had the desire to climb to the top of one of these peaks?
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Precise and compact way to formulate an optimization problem

I've been struggling with this question for quite some time now while writing (scientific) documents. Since I'm not a native English speaker, I would like to hear your opinion. When formulating an ...
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“Poisoned with” or “Poisoned by”?

What is the difference(s) between "poisoned with" and "poisoned by"? Example sentence: This song is poisoned by unoriginal lyrics. vs. This song is poisoned with unoriginal lyrics/
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thinking + gerund or infinitive and which preposition?

1) I was thinking of buying one. I was thinking about buying one. I was thinking to buy one. 2) It's really useful to me. It's really useful for me. Which one should be more ...
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What is the correct preposition after insight?

There is a couple of answers on the website regarding the correct preposition after insight but they told only about "into" and "on". But can insight be followed by "about" "regarding" etc.? Kindly ...
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'As' or 'for' benchmark in a table

I have a table which has the following entry which is in brackets: "(conventional control as benchmark)" Can I write it like this or would you rather use 'for benchmark'? Unfortunately the space is ...
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“of” Vs “at” is it something idiomatic or there is a grammartical rule?

What is the rule that I can follow to decide when to use "of" or "at" When they are both used for causes. 1- I'm ( surprised/amazed/disappointed) at you. 2- I'm (afraid/sick/tired ) of you.
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'Between' with 'to' or 'and' for specifying ranges

I know that normally 'between' is used with 'and'. Howvever, I am not sure if this is still correct, if I want to specify a ranges. Here is an example: "Method B leads to improvements of between 0.8% ...
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Prepositions in a context , “of” vs “for”

Would you use "of" or " for" in the next sentences: 1- To arrange a soft transition of the authority and not a sudden one. 2-To arrange a soft transition for the authority and not a sudden one. I ...
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play on the computer

Does 'play on the computer' sound natural? For example, in a sentence like "Kids play on the computer too much these days ignoring other ways of having fun". I know that I can just say 'computer ...
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An example with, of, or using?

My sentence: "How to cut fruit? An example using Banana" I prefer replacing using with a preposition, but not sure which preposition to use. "An example of Banana" OR "An example with Banana"
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Contrast is followed by in

Could please anyone explain why contrast is followed by in, not with or to in this explanation from Cambridge Dictionary? We use actually to indicate a new topic of conversation or a change or ...
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superior “at” vs “in” which preposition to use?

(which is the best sentence to use between ( 1 or 2) and (3 or 4) : 1- He is superior at all things. (means he is the best) 2- He is superior in all things. (means he is the best) 3- He is ...
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applicability in or to

I have the following sentence: "Method A has drawbacks that limit its applicability in real-world environments" Can I use 'in' here or do I have to use 'to'? I'd appreciate every comment.
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Prepare “against” versus “for”

Is there a difference in the meanings of to prepare for and to prepare against something? To my ears, to prepare against sounds as though one is expecting something challenging or negative, whereas ...
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shift to or into sth

I have the following sentence: "Optimization approaches can shift the load into times with low prices in the electricity market" Can I use 'into' here or do I have to use 'to'? I'd appreciate every ...
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Should the preposition “on” be used again in this sentence?

Notice the following: I wondered if my going to this different place was as hard on him as it was me. I remember being taught to occasionally repeat certain words in order to preserve parallelism. ...
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“in” vs “of” vs “at”

I'm having a hard time to comprehend the difference between the three prepositions "of"&"in"&"at" in a lot of occasions.The below is an example of that,so which sentence is idiomatic and why ??...
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I'm confused about what sentence to use

I'm a little confused about telling which of the three sentences below are correct: 1- why are you still awake in this late time? 2- why are you still awake at this late time? 3- why are you still ...
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“of” vs“in” which preposition is more suited in the below context?

which one is more suitable to use and why : 1- There is a stoppage in the development 2- There is a stoppage of the development Example sentence: He suffers from a stoppage in/of physical ...
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Replace “in possession” with in / at / on hand?

Another related question but I have not found a clear answer over there. Which one is closer in meaning to "in possession" of an object? This doesn't have to mean physically in hand or physically ...
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which preposition sounds more idiomatic and natural?

which one to use to mean that people die because of flu ? 1- People die from flu. 2- People die of flu.
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“In” versus “of”, how can I choose between them?

In a lot of phrases "in" and "of" seem to have the same meaning, however, after a quick search I found that some sentences are not common; can any one give me a logical explanation as to how to choose ...
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preposition and articles

I read the following sentence in an online article: 'It means that every new word or terminology can be added in the database of online dictionary.' I just wonder why not 'added to' instead of 'added ...
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'Have the ability to quickly adapt with changing technologies'. Is this a grammatically correct construction?

I'd like to know whether the preposition "with" is the best choice after the verb "adapt".
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Can “english learning” be paraphrased with “of” preposition? [duplicate]

1?) Scheduled session of learning of English. 2?) Scheduled session of learning English. I guess I understand that in sentences it would be "learning English", because there are subjects, but how ...
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Through/by email

What would be the correct preposition: "I will send all further details ____ email/text" ? I’m pretty sure I’ve heard people say “through email,” but I just searched it up and they say people don’t ...
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When to use “in”and when to use “to”

"He has contributions in his own field". vs "The last goal has contribution to the victory". There is seemingly no difference between these two sentences.Then why have used "in"as a preposition in ...
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clause usage after preposition

I have seen some sentences similar to the following one in a way that -ing form of "be" is used. The verb is "be" therein. I wonder what if it is another verb like drink, see, come, go etc. any verb. ...

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