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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Difference between at every step and on every step

I'm trying to translate a poem from my native language to English. And I don't know what's the appropriate preposition for a sentence. Should it be, 'At every step, at every path, I've protested/...
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“in every corner” or “on every corner”?

Media are taking our lives. Nowadays there is a screen turned on in/on every corner. Cambridge Dictionary says it is on/at every corner. But there are a lot of "in every corner" on the Internet, even ...
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Take advice OF or FROM

Which of the sentences is correct: ."You should take advice Of John." . "You should take advice From John." I am not a native speaker. Thanks in advance.
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What preposition should I use for “head over heels” [closed]

I am confused about the preposition I should use with "I was head over heels for her" I was thinking of using "for". but is this correct?
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“English grammar is not that important + for English speaking / to speak English” [closed]

Sorry for my poor English in advance. I wrote some sentence, and could you tell me those two options are both correct or not? English grammar is not that important for English speaking. ...
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Syntactical ambiguity in introductory phrase reference: reference to main verb vs. object

Motivated by A, we outline our proposal for B. Does "Motivated" refer to outline or proposal? It seems to me that a reader could infer one of two statements: A motivated us to create this outline, ...
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Prepositions to use with “background”

I can't find any authoritative source information on which prepositions to use when describing a background something is positioned on. Is it correct to say for example "photography of a wall clock on ...
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Prepositions - do I use “for” or “on” in this sentence?

This is for my resume so I want to use the right preposition here . . . "Researched and drafted judicial opinions on/for a wide variety of civil and criminal cases" I cannot tell if I should use ON ...
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“at the meeting” or “in the meeting” [duplicate]

When I asked my coworker where the boss is, she answered me: He is at the meeting. Is this correct? I thought it should be: He is in the meeting. Because he is physically inside the room having ...
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Sunrise in or sunrise at somewhere

I have a doubt and I do not know which preposition should I use. I have been looking for this a few days and I do not find any explanation about it. Should I say 'Sunrise in Bondi beach' or 'Sunrise ...
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Internship as “X” at “Y”

I am applying for an internship and I am struggling with the subject of the cover letter. "Re: Application for an internship as (name of the position) at (name of the company)" What do you think ...
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FOR more than four decades vs [X]more than four decade? [closed]

I read an aritlce saying: We are so proud to represent Queen and are thrilled to see the song still inspiring new fans around the world more than four decades after its release. from this site....
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In, at preposition for Room and building? [duplicate]

I want to specify a room in a building. I come up with three optimum sentences - 1-) In room_number at building_name 2-) In room_number in building_name 3-) At room_number in ...
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around: adverb or preposition [closed]

He couldn't even enjoy the school holidays and spent his time moping around the house. Is the word "around" in the above sentence used as a preposition or as an adverb? I think it is used as a ...
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Can you help me to figure out “that of”?

"English grammar has been closely bound up with that of Latin since the 16th century, when English first began to be taught in schools." I have no idea of "that of" in this sentence. Can anyone ...
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Which part of speech should I use for a “from-to” construction?

Ignoring that the "from-to" construction in this sentence doesn't describe a true range, can someone explain whether I'd use present-tense verbs or gerunds, and why? I know what sounds right, but I ...
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Language question [duplicate]

I am working at/ for the police. I am working at/ for the army. I am playing for/at fc Barcelona. Do we have to say at or for here?
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The difference between in and within [duplicate]

What are the differences between doing something in a period and doing something within a period? Are there any other differences between in and Within in other contexts?
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At and By what are the differences.Is there a third alternative to this?

What are the differences between doing something at the end of a period and doing something by the end of a period? For example: I will meet her at the end of the week. I will meet her by the end of ...
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How to use “evident”?

I would like to say "This is evident to me in both my academic and work experience." But I am not sure if I should use "in" here. Is my sentence correct?
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Ending sentences with prepositons [duplicate]

I'm currently writing up some professional documentation and I know ending sentences with a preposition is frowned upon. Are there any English rules for converting these types of sentences that are ...
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CaGEL equivalent to obligatory adverbial?

When I learnt grammar in school, I was taught that there are optional and obligatory adverbials. Trying to understand grammar in the form presented by Huddleston and Pullum (e.g. the Cambridge Grammar ...
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What is the most appropriate preposition in the following sentence? [closed]

I had a tour of/in/to Norway. The sentence should mean I visited different places in the country. Thanks in advance.
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Are these PPs or non-finite clauses – or something else entirely?

I'm wondering about the construction for [NP] to [VP], as illustrated in the following examples: (1) I waited for you to come here (2) He arranged for me to go there (3) For him to do that took ...
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plural possessive of Woods [closed]

How do you make the last name Woods plural possessive? example: a friend of the Woods (2 people) I assume it is Woodses, but have been "corrected" by someone.
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Which preposition “at” or “of” to use in this case?

Which preposition is correct in this case? We present our visualizations based on student data from a computer science course of a German university. or We present our visualizations based on ...
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Where or where from? [duplicate]

I was wondering where you bought that book (from)? Is 'from' necessary in this sentence ?
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“in the context of” or “within the context of”?

I am going to examine this question in / within the context of the epistemology of memory. I can see that both are frequently used online. Are both equally acceptable?
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Efforts on, in or towards?

Research efforts in understanding the underlying mechanism have been ramped up over the past few years. I came across this sentence in a published work and now I'm wondering if "efforts" shouldn't ...
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Can a PP be analysed as a complex adjective?

In the sentence They are more familiar with this, the predicative complement more familiar with this is an AdjP, with the adjective head familiar. But what about a sentence such as They are more at ...
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Two close prepositions; how do you not end with one?

I've always had difficulty ascertaining the way to approach structuring a particular type of sentence re: the situation in the question title. There are probably all sorts of ways to restructure ...
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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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'for' instead of because [duplicate]

Do you think all of the conjunctions below are acceptable? I just feel that 'for' may not work. Thx! Bullying is unacceptable because it is against the school rules. ...
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When should I be using sans, anyway?

People often use sans, the French word for ‘without’ in English. What I don’t get, is when should that switch be made. When should I say sans when I really want to say without. Are there any general ...
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be of importance vs be important [closed]

Would you help me understand the differences between these two sentences? Protecting valuable information assets is of critical importance to my organization to be successful. Protecting valuable ...
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Is it “a professor at the institute” or “… in the institute”? [closed]

I am not a native English speaker. Examples "Peter Parker is a professor at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Vulcan" "Peter Parker is a professor in the Institute of Sociology in the ...
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Is “membership to an organisation” wrong?

I have been seeing increasing use of "membership to an organisation" (club, association etc.). The "to" makes my teeth grate, as I have always used "of". Should I continue to resist (I run a large ...
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Preposition following 'ambitious'

In the following sentence, what will be the right preposition? He is ambitious ____ fame.
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To notify someone upon something

When telling someone that you are going to notify him as soon as something has expired, is it grammatically accurate to say "I'll notify you upon expiry" or should I use "notify of" as per this ...
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Usage of preposition

What is correct? ...I always pointed to everything that was three, referring to me and my parents. or referring me and my parents. Is it correct to state 'referring to my parents and me'?
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Difference between to many people and for many people

I know that there is a duplicated post here: https://www.google.com/search?q=to+many+people+or+for+many+people&oq=to+many+people+&aqs=chrome.0.69i59j69i57.7519j0j4&sourceid=chrome-mobile&...
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Why some prepositions are inserted before the relative noun, others are not? [closed]

For example: 1.This is the book about which I know nothing 2.this is the person who he likes.
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Through and by (sentences)

The expression "to talk by the phone" is correct and I'm pretty sure if you use "through" instead of "by" it makes sense as well, but what about this expression: •You never know what's gonna come ...
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Teaching at vs teaching to

Which one is the correct sentence? Teaching maths at BSc level. OR Teaching maths to BSc level. Edit: Just to further clarify the situation. In my CV i need to write below job's responsibilities. ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “get back to him” and “get back at him”? [closed]

And you were afraid that if you started asking questions, it would get back to him From The Outsider by Stephen King I know that to “get back at someone” is similar to humiliate or to wreak revenge....
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Which preposition can be used in the sentence “The bird is flying in/above the sky.”? [closed]

I got confused what preposition exactly goes into the blank and why The bird is flying......the sky.(in/above)
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Is there a symbol for “from”?

I am wondering if there is a symbol or glyph to represent the preposition "from". I doubt there is a formal, de jure symbol (i.e., found in any manual of style or dictionary), but I cannot even find ...
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“Wishes of” or “wishes for”? [closed]

could someone tell me the difference between the two following sentences: my best wishes of a Merry Christmas OR my best wishes for a Merry Christmas I'm given to understand "Of a merry ...
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Pay for something in a period of time [closed]

I write an essay and need to use the phrase like: He will pay for a laptop in ten years (I suppose he borrowed money, but I don’t want to use “pay back”) Question: should we use “in” preposition?...
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When to use On/In/At?

When should I use On/In/At? I was In/At School? In/At Home? See you On/In/At Monday? I left the book In/At my parent's house? Other use cases I cn't think of right now? And why is there a ...