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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When using the preposition “for” should it be followed with the subjective or objective case?

The activity we engaged in was good for she and I. or The activity we engaged in was good for us both. or The activity we engaged in was good for her and me.
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“to complete X to Y” OR “into Y” OR both wrong

If I finish something and the object gets transformed into something else during this process, can this be expressed in english by a sentence similar to the following one? I have completed my plan ...
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Why do so many people use a preposition with which to end a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it okay to end a sentence in a preposition? I see it a lot, even though my elementary teacher told me it is wrong. This is probably a new development, a sign that our ...
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Which is the correct statement “tolerate against” or “tolerate with”?

I can't get this right, but I'm not sure which is the correct statement: We do not tolerate against pornography images. or is it We do not tolerate with pornography images. Which is the ...
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Usage of the verb “provide”

Does the verb "provide" always have to be used with "with"? For example, Can you provide me with some good examples? Can you provide me some good examples? Can you provide some good ...
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“For every day” vs. “with every day”

Consider (…) and they were getting stronger with/for every day What's the difference/the correct one to use?
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Difference between “in” and “into” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should “into” be used rather than “in to,” and vice versa? I often get confused about which one to use: in or into? Kindly tell me what the ...
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What is the proper preposition for this question?

Fill in the blank with appropriate preposition and give a reason: What is the time _____ your watch?
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“By foot” vs. “on foot”

Which one is correct? I go to school by foot. I go to school on foot. Are there instances when the expression by foot is preferred? My last question is the following: Why is the ...
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Does one differentiate A “from” B, or differentiate A “and” B?

A fecal test cannot differentiate intestinal blood from blood from red meat. -or- A fecal test cannot differentiate intestinal blood and blood from red meat.
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preposition used with “autonomous”: “of ” vs “from”

Two related questions here: Is it proper to use the construct, “Administrative components are autonomous of/from the front-end components”? If it is proper, which of these two prepositions works ...
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Preposition usage: on, in, and at

Which is correct, "I worked on a project" or "I worked in a project?" Should I say "when I was at the university I studied math" or "when I was in the university I studied math?"
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“In time” versus “on time”

Which one is correct: Submit your work in time. Submit your work on time.
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“Influence of media in our lives,” or “influence of media on our lives?”

Which one is correct, "influence of media in our lives," or "influence of media on our lives?"
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“Help save the planet with your mobile phone”

Does "help save the planet with your mobile phone" have a different meaning or connotation than "help save the planet using your mobile phone?"
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Can I use two prepositions in this example, or is one better?

I want to say "the reality of and outlook on crime in Europe" without using two prepositions. Can I say "the reality and outlook on crime in Europe?" Can you lead me to a grammatical reference for ...
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“To his amazement the girl did kiss her hand and stretch it out”

To his amazement the girl did kiss her hand and stretch it out. In my understanding, to mostly refer the object of an action. So what's the meaning of to in this sentence? I think, the sentence ...
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Proper use of “out to lunch”, “out for lunch” and “out at lunch”

Recently a co-worker and I debated the proper use of "out to lunch". The argument stemmed from conversation over the appropriate preposition to use, and became particularly heated when we tried to ...
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Which one is right — “He works at company X” or “in company X ”?

I usually use "at a company" but I have encountered some articles using "in a company", "in XYZ firm" or "in an organization". Which one is right?
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Preposition confusion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Rule for using “for” vs. “to” When to use “to” and when “for”? To me the hardest thing in English is preposition and i make ...
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“talk to” vs “talk with” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there any difference between “talk to someone” and “talk with someone”? Should I say I talked to Bob. or I talked with Bob.
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“In a call” versus “on a call”

Is either "in a call" or "on a call" incorrect usage when referring to someone attending a phone (possibly conference) call? If not, what's appropriate usage for both?
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“I can't confirm all what he said” versus “I can't confirm all of what he said”

I want to know if this sentence is correct without the preposition of in it. I can't confirm all what he said. Should I instead write the following sentence? I can't confirm all of what he ...
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When should I use “a discussion of” vs. “a discussion on” vs. “a discussion about”?

“A discussion of”, “a discussion on”, and “a discussion about”: When is each phrase used in preference to the other? If context is important, I want to use it as a subheading on a piece of non-fiction....
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“Prerequisite for” vs. “prerequisite to”

When is it appropriate to use "prerequisite for" instead of "prerequisite to"? Does it depend on context, or is it a matter of style? I googled the two phrases and found 4.5 million hits for "...
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Meaning of “bearing”

Knowledge having a bearing on human life was placed highest Knowledge about human life was placed highest
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“In a frail voice” versus “with a frail voice”

Which of these are correct? In a frail voice, he said goodbye. With a frail voice, he said goodbye.
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How do you interpret 'up to'?

Consider the sentence: "The boxes must be filled up to the last box". Does this mean 'including' the last box or all 'but' the last box? If I ask you to start with 1 and count up to 8, you'll likely ...
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“Search on” versus “search for”

Let's say I'm doing some research on something on Google. Do I say I'm searching on or searching for something on Google?
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“Importance of _ to” or “Importance of _ for”?

Which is correct: "the importance of money for someone" or "the importance of money to someone"?
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Correct use of “consist”

Which one of the following two sentences is correct? We are only concerned with crystal systems which consist of an inversion center. We are only concerned with crystal systems which consist ...
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Hit 'in' or hit 'on' (one's head)

Do you hit someone (or get hit) in the head (leg, arm, etc) or on the head? Did you hit yourself in the head? Did you hit yourself on the head? Would other expressions be more appropriate, when ...
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An ambiguous usage: “Apologia for” vs. “apology of”

Suppose someone is using the word "apology" in the theological sense, i.e., a "defense". I'm inclined to use the word "apologia" because it immediately distinguishes it from the typical meaning of "...
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Can “deprived of” be used in this way?

I looked up the synonym dictionary, and it told me that "deprived of" can be the alternative of "without". So I'm wondering if this usage is right: Deprived of his partner, he couldn't win by ...
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“All the good people” vs. “all of the good people”

I've heard both of these before. All the good people All of the good people Are they both correct?
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“Requirement of” - correct preposition?

Is the use of the word "of" correct in the following sentence, or this there a better word? The meaning should be "which requirement the platform must fulfil". The most important requirements of ...
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“Based on” instead of “based off of”

I sometimes see cases where off is followed by of, and it sounds awkward to me. For example, I would prefer This story is based on a true story. to This story is based off of a true story. ...
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“Solution for” or “solution to” a problem?

I need to find a solution to/for this problem. Can to and for be used interchangeably here? Is one of them just plain wrong?
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Can I end a sentence with “on”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it okay to end a sentence in a preposition? Does this sentence make sense "I would like to propose forming a partnership where we work together to provide optimal ...
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What's the reason of prepositioning Internet with “on” but not “in”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “in the internet” and “on the internet” Why do we say "on the Internet" but not "in the Internet"? This seems to be against the meaning of these ...
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What is correct, “in-stock” or “on-stock”?

Do we have products in stock or on stock?
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Lack of reliability “in” or “of”?

Researchers' communities think bananas have a lack of reliability. How should I say this? There was a lack of reliability in the bananas, from the researchers' communities. There was a lack ...
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“like I” or “like me”?

In high school we learned to say "than I" and "as I" because you could potentially add an "am" to the end of the sentence. Examples: "She is smarter than I." (Think: "...than I am.") "He is as tall ...
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“on the train” or “in the train”?

Which of these is correct: "I am on the train" or "I am in the train"?
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Preposition to follow “Further acknowledgment”?

I have a statement. And after that statement I have: This is further acknowledged by the consolidation of the material. But I want to remove the "This". What preposition can I use here: ...
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How to use “in” or “on” with nouns?

I'm always confused by this and can't find it anywhere. Here's an example of what I mean: (literature here in context of academic literature, such as journals, proceedings, etc.) In the literature ....
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“Represented by” vs. “represented with”

What should I write? A certain property is represented with a special color. A certain property is represented by a special color. Or maybe even "indicated with/by"? But the main point of ...
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Why not concatenate two frequently used words into a new one?

I will probably get a lot of flak about this, but why not combine the often used together words "with the" into "withe" which is pronounced similarly, and it much shorter and easier to write? I am ...
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Is it OK when I say “I have a little request from you”? Is it commonly used?

Is it OK when I say "I have a little request from you"? Is it commonly used?
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“The key to/of the door”

I would like to know what the difference between "the key to the door" and "the the key of the door", or between "the servant to the master" and "the servant of the master" is.