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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 to follow “copy and paste”

The rows should be copied and pasted to the spreadsheet. Does that sound right? If not, how could we reword the sentence? I ask because "to" applies to "paste" but not to "copy". The logical ...
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“In orbit” vs. “on orbit”

When should one use something like "conducting experiments in orbit" vs. "conducting experiments on orbit"?
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Is “choose from one of four options” wrong?

I need backup in pressing my case that the phrase “choose from one of four options” is grammatically incorrect. Is there some resource that can prove my case, that the incorrect phrase should be ...
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“Which we discussed” vs. “about which we discussed”

Which one is correct? I’ve added changes/fixes which we discussed yesterday. or I’ve added changes/fixes about which we discussed yesterday.
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Writing a dedication for a picture

I'm drawing a picture that I want to dedicate to a friend of mine. What's the proper way to write the dedication if I want to point out that I'm the author? I'm thinking: "To {my friend's name} by {...
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Which preposition follows “persist”?

Which of the following is correct? The program persists the data in the database. The program persists the data to the database. In feels a little more natural to me, but I have no ...
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Is there a difference between “for this purpose” and “to this purpose”?

Is there a difference between these two expressions and should one of them be preferred?
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Which is correct: “it's not a big deal to me” or “it's not a big deal for me”?

What is the correct way to say it? It's not a big deal to me. It's not a big deal for me. Also, should I use "it's not" or "it's no"?
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“Email me” and “mail to me”

Why is it correct to say "email me", whereas with the word mail we say/write "mail to me"?
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Why use the prep “to”, why not others like “of” in the following sentence?

There are three fundamental parts to the <locale> header.
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Does one stand by or at the bar?

When you are in the pub, ordering a drink from a bartender, which of the following is the correct way to say it? When both of you're stand by the bar ordering a drink, and a bartender asks to ...
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Is it correct to use “all this” instead of “all of this”?

I frequently see people write "all this", instead of "all of this". Is this a grammatically correct phrase? My intuition tells me that it's wrong (the spoken phrase "all this" is really a contraction ...
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“all of you” vs “you all”

All of you are sitting here with me in my den vs. You all are sitting here with me in my den And a general form: you all vs. all of you Which is the proper usage?
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How can I deliver the meaning of “within a specified range”?

I am writing a manual for user to use a web application. One of the function requires user to key in the date, and then the number of weeks before that date, the number of weeks needs to be smaller ...
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Where can I find a list of ways to get rid of the preposition “of”?

I'm learning English. Unfortunately I have some obstacles in writing and speaking. In particular I often note that there are too many "of"-s in my sentences. For instance I want to get rid of them in ...
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is “Where are you going to?” correct

— Where are you going? — I'm going to Paris. vs. — Where are you going to? — I'm going to Paris. I'm pretty sure the first one is correct, but what about the second?
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wait vs wait up, fall vs. fall down

Can you explain differences: 1a) Hadn't we better wait up for the slower ones? vs. 1b) Hadn't we better wait for the slower ones? 2a) The apple fell from the tree. ...
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Is it true that if you use a preposition and then a verb, it must end with “ing”?

I've read a grammar rule. If you use a preposition and then a verb, it must end with "ing" Is it always true, or there are exceptions?
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“In almost” vs “Almost in”

Which of the following is correct? In almost all cases, ... Almost in all cases, ...
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The X in the hat

English is not my native language so I have gone through the pain of learning the difference between in, on, and at. However, it is common in the U.S. to refer to someone wearing a hat as X in the hat....
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Prepositions in a compound sentence

Following Martha's advise I am splitting up a question Compound sentences, the punctuation and mooore. Consider the following sentence: One of the items that needed a further development was a ...
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“In the Internet” vs. “on the Internet”

When should I use "in the Internet" and when "on the Internet"?
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Rule for using “for” vs. “to”

A Brazilian friend speaks English very well, but has a very unique habit: it seems often that she needs to use "for" but she instead uses "to", and vice-versa. For instance: The present is to ...
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Which preposition should follow “guide” here — “on”, “to”, “for”?

The following link includes a guide _____ how to use it. How should I fill in the blank? on, for, about?
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“A force is acting on a box until t = 10 seconds”. Is the force still acting on the box at t = 10 seconds?

I have a difficulty to digest any sentence using the word until, especially when it is used to express something related to a point of time or space. In the physics examination, I have a sentence as ...
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Prepositions at the end of sentence and whom

I believe it's okay to end a sentence with a preposition. That seems to be the consensus here as well. Now I think that when who is the object of a preposition, it should technically be whom, e.g. "...
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When to use “around” and “about”?

As I know about and around can be used when we estimate something, for example, I'll arrived around 3:00 PM. or I'm here about 10 minutes. I want to know, are there any rules or idioms when ...
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“At the beginning of the century” or “in the beginning of the century”?

At the beginning of the century. In the beginning of the century. How to clearly distinguish when to use at, or in?
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Prepositions used with “Home”

I've encountered different usages of preposition + Home and I want to learn which of them are correct. Some examples: Back home Back at home Back to home
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“home to” or “home for”?

Which of the following is correct? Himalaya is home to diverse flora. Himalaya is home for diverse flora. Or is there a better third possibility?
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Should we say “borrow from” instead of “borrow off”?

I hear and read the term "borrow off" frequently however I say "borrow from" as that makes more sense to me. Is it grammatically incorrect to say, "may I borrow the book off your friend"? In my mind ...
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Can something be a parent or child “to”/“of” something?

I am writing some software documentation. There are data structures that are organized in trees and every element in the structure can be child or parent "to"/"of" every other element. I am not a ...
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“This question has been asked at Stack Overflow” vs. “on Stack Overflow”

How should I phrase it: This question has been asked at Stack Overflow. Or, This question has been asked on Stack Overflow.
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Artists shall make a living (by) making art

Which one sounds better and/or is grammatically right? Artists shall make a living making art. or Artists shall make a living by making art. or any other formulation?
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How would one use the word preposition?

I've always been interested in the word preposition and at times, had used it correctly. How would one use it?
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“In order to…”, “To…” or “For…”

What preposition should we use to start a sentence where we first explain a purpose and then a method to achieve it? Example 1 Purpose = pass the exams Method = study a lot In order to pass the ...
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Expressing an opinion: to me or for me?

Which one should be used? To me, it makes no difference, but I'm not really sure why. vs For me, it makes no difference, but I'm not really sure why.
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What are direct and indirect objects to “provide”?

I'm always wondering when I want to write a sentence with provide. What is the correct way to say/write: to provide someone with something to provide someone something to provide something to someone ...
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What does “wherein” mean exactly?

I have encountered wherein several times in many texts, and the general meaning of the texts was quite evident given the context. However, I do not know the exact meaning of wherein; a dictionary ...
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“Put it at the backseat” or “Put it onto the backseat”?

What preposition should I use in the expression "put ___ the backseat"? The sentence goes like this: I have a few items on my plans, item A is the least important one, so I will put it ___ the ...
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Which preposition should be used after the verb “request”? [duplicate]

Which is correct? I would like to request you to refrain from shouting. I would like to request of you to refrain from shouting. I would like to request from you to refrain from shouting. Something ...
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“that of which you” vs “that which you”

What is the differentiator between these two phrases?
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What is the distinction between “among” and “amongst”?

It seems amongst is quite often used as a synonym for among but it is supposed to sound more distinguished. Is there any difference in the meaning?
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“Will discuss the matter” vs. “will discuss on this matter”

I received an email with the following sentence: The meetings will be discussing on this early next week. I have two questions: Should we use will discuss rather than will be discussing? I don't ...
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Which is correct: “prefer X to Y” or “prefer X over Y”?

Many say that "prefer X to Y" has a more formal ring to it than "prefer X over Y". Are there any dialects where you wouldn't use "prefer X to Y" in colloquial speech at all? Conversely, are there any ...
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“Fill out a form” or “fill in a form”

Does one fill out a form or does one fill in a form? I've gotten different answers from the people I've asked. Google search results: fill in a form — 14,200,000 fill out a form — 7,000,000
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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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How to combine in a sentence two verb–preposition pairs that have the same object?

Examples: Data can be imported to and exported from the application. Data can be imported and exported from the application. Data can be imported to the application and exported from it. ...
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Is there any difference between “talk to someone” and “talk with someone”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Speak to” vs. “Speak with” Well, the question is in the title. I always had the impression that "talk to someone" refers to situations when some ...
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Why does “under the sea” mean “in the sea”?

Why is it OK to refer to things in the sea as being "under the sea"? Wouldn't that really be the sea floor and below?