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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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Did prescriptivists make up pied-piping in relative infinitive constructions?

A quick Internet search suggests that pied-piping in relative clauses was a natural feature of English even though it is loved by prescriptivists; it existed in older stages of the language, and it ...
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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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Usage of 'of' vs 'for'

What is the difference between 'process of registration of application' and 'process of registration for application'?
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What does one call the noun a preposition relates to its object?

With minimal research online one can easily find that a prepositional phrase consists of a preposition and an object. Most online and paper resources will describe a preposition as a word that ...
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use of “of” or “from” when it comes to years

Which preposition is correct in this case? In the “Subdue” series of/from 2008, he photographed the daily life of urban centers. (The "Subdue" series is a series of photographs that was created in ...
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Does this adverb prepositional phrase modify the adverb, or vice versa?

The McGraw Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage (pg. 42) gives "We got there late in the evening" as an example of an adverb prepositional phrase ('in the evening') modifying an adverb ('late'). ...
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What is the appropriate preposition of “Radio programme”?

So, in this sentence I listened to this conversation (On - In) a radio programme. What is the appropriate preposition to use?
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Usage of “of” prepositions sequence

Today, I have encountered the following sentence in a documentation: Department of development and support of information systems of ABC JSC I have argued about the correctness of using this "of"...
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Arrive “by” or “on” a specific train?

I happened to read a "programme of visit" of a foreign delegation which stated that the delegation would arrive in [name of city] by train H702. Obviously, H702 is the designation of a specific train. ...
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adverbials part II… I left the building with him…

Can one say a. I left the kitchen with the water running. b. I went to his house with my brother in jail. c. I went out of the bedroom with her naked. d. I left the building with my brother ...
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“On” is optional with time expressions, no?

I say "I don't have any events June 1st" and "I don't have any events on June 1st" are both acceptable grammatically. The rest of the group, which includes a couple people calling themselves linguists,...
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“Contributions by” or “from”?

The yearbook is made with love by Lisa, with contributions by Mary and Sal. or The yearbook is made with love by Lisa, with contributions from Mary and Sal.
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Escaping [one place] to [another] - sentence structure validity

I want to use the following phrase in this specific structure (if possible): How come social media is considered as a way for people to escape life when they sometimes escape social media to(?) ...
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“breaking the window” or “breaking of the window”

I've come across this: He insisted that he had nothing to do with breaking the window. Is it correct? Shouldn't use the preposition "of" between "breaking" and "the window"?
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Function of PPs with predicative complements

According to CaGEL* (e.g. p.636 ff), prepositions can take predicative complements, as in [1] She worked as a waitress [2] He passed for dead [3] I took you for granted [4] They left him for ...
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“Apply for” vs. “apply to”, a different case

The method A is applied for the determination of B. or The method A is applied to the determination of B. I often see these phrases in scientific texts. But which one is correct? There is ...
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do you always have to use “for” after the verb stay?

are "I stayed 10 days in Algeria" and I stayed for 10 days in Algeria" both correct? are "I stayed a month in Algeria" and I stayed for a month in Algeria" both correct? thanks for your help
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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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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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Is it possible to say “to refund (an amount) to an order”?

I sent a Customer a partial refund. I want to inform her using the verb to refund + a preposition. Considering my native language, I would say I've just refunded $20 to your order. According to my ...
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How to use phrasal verbs with prepositions without thinking which i have to use

I am frustrated about unawareness how to use up/down/with etc. with phrasal verbs properly.Being from Ukraine can't really understand if it means something or it is just a combination of words. So, my ...
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Never pre-positive adjectives and intransitive prepositions

The accepted response to an earlier question concerning words like alone, asleep and alive places such words in the category of adjectives that simply don't occur in front of the nouns or noun phrases ...
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What is this gerund construction called?

In English the constructing for plus a corresponding gerund is often used, usually to identify a motivation for the main action (it seems to be more prevalent in colloquial speech); e.g.: I thank ...
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“Paper is used for writing on ”or “paper is used for writing”,which one is grammatically correct?

"Paper is used for writing on "or "paper is used for writing",which one is grammatically correct ? Chopstics are used for eating . Chopstics are used for eaing with. This desk is used for putting ...
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Difference between “too long” and “for too long”

What is the difference between "too long" and "for too long" For example the ones below You can't stay under water for too long Or You can't stay under water too long Do not have that candy in ...
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what different between the ‘at postgraduate level' and 'in postgraduate level'?

what different between the ‘at postgraduate level' and 'in postgraduate level'? which one is correct? Is that have the same meaning in two different preposition situation.
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Reflection from/in/off/on a mirror/lake/…?

In scientific fields it is usually "reflection from a mirror". In MW it is used as in "reflection in the mirror" or "reflection ... on the lake". What sense is conveyed by each usage? My guess is that ...
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When can preposition 'of' be omitted?

Sentence One: The main image, which takes up the majority of the page, is of an artist's palette. Sentence Two: These aspects are of more interest to buyers. It seems that in sentence two, we can ...
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only “from” as abbreviation to indicate the origin

After reading some publications that used "from" quite squishy, I would like to know: Is it generally possible to use "from" instead of "produced using", "produced by" or as a short version of "...
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Why is she using “for” instead of “to” after the verb “lose” in this sentence?

I'm watching the famous TV show, “Desperate Housewives”.  I have learned a plethora of words and grammar things from it, but now something caught my ears and I'm a bit stuck.  There's this sentence in ...
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Hardware Modes: Prepositions, Articles, Capitalization

I have a lot of uncertainties regarding how to address hardware modes, when it comes to computers, cell phones, circuit boards, etc. Google provides all kinds of contradicting thoughts and answers ...
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“Take out” or “take away” for removing from a collection?

What preposition do I have to use in this sentence? If you have ten candies and take out/away six, you are left with four. I think "out" is right. The dictionary phrases take [something] out or ...
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Problem with staying or problem about staying?

Which is correct? Do you have any problem with my staying here? Do you have any problem about my staying here?
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“x is 2 greater than y” instead of “x is greater than y by 2”

Is saying x is 2 greater than y (meaning x is greater than y by 2) acceptable?
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How many “of” is allowed? How to reposition nouns correctly?

Facing this, I am not sure that I know the right answer. At the university, I was taught that only 2 prepositions "of" are allowed to be sounding natural. If it comes to translation from Russian into ...
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Difference Between Since and For When Referring to Past Event

I'm a pen pal with a couple of native German speakers. We correct each others mistakes and try to explain why they are mistakes if it's not a cut and dry solution like conjugation etc. There is a ...
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'at', 'on' or 'from' social media in specific sentence

I have to make a poster to promote my projects and I'm really confused about which preposition to put there: the sentence looks like this: Don't miss the latest news at (on) our social media. ...
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A sentence structure after the preposition - without

I have found this humorous text passage on the net : " Well, to be perfectly honest, in my humble opinion, of course without offending anyone who thinks differently from my point of view, but also by ...
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Which preposition to use when considering the “social media” as a virtual counterpart of the “real” world?

So, what is then the correct distinction between the "in"and "on" preposition, when connected with the "social media" as a virtual space/entity - in oppposition to the "real" - physical reality... ...
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Is “You were going to <noun> and <verb>.” grammatical?

In the song "An English Teacher" from the musical "Bye, Bye Birdie," Rosie sings to Albert You were going to NYU / and become an English teacher. I would parse this as You were (going to NYU) and (...
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It seems evident + to/for

I am unsure about the following: if I want to say that something is clear for me in particular, should I say: It is evident to me that... It is evident for me that...
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The relation between verbs and their prepositions

As we know, we use phrasal verbs in which we put prepositions(and adverbs) after verbs that affect the meaning of the action mentioned in the sentence. For instance, taking the example of the verb run(...
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Origin of the prepositions “on” vs “in” with regard to days and dates in English

The prepositions of time "On, In, and At" are generally described as: At - specific time On - specific days, dates In - period of time However, I am wondering why we use "on" to refer to a specific ...
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How do you understand this sentence as a native English speaker?

I and my colleague, we tried a photo app. After taking a photo, there's a "Cancel" button. A popup says "Are you sure you want to delete the photo before sharing it" is shown when you choose "Cancel". ...
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Why do certain verbs not agree with the preposition “for”?

These two sentences seem the same to me: *I watch it for practicing English (wrong) I use it for practicing English But the first seems wrong while the other is fine. Do "Watch" or "Listen ...
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“Changes to calendar” vs. “Changes in calendar”

There's this section on a concert hall website where they inform people if their shows have been cancelled or rescheduled. Is it correct to call this section Changes to calendar or should it be ...
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“At the very beginning {or} middle {or} end”

a b c d e f g h i j k l m n. The letter "b" is not at the very beginning but at the beginning. The letter "i" is not at the very middle but at the middle. The letter "m" is not at the very ...
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What is the difference between “the ban on” and “the ban of”?

What is the difference between on and of here: the ban on door-to-door sales the ban of door-to-door sales?
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puzzled by vs puzzled at - nuance, transitivity?

"This puzzled me." Which is equivalent - I was puzzled by this. I was puzzled at this.
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Correct prepositions to use with “risk of/for ABC for XYZ”

In a scientific medical context I need to talk about "risk" in various contexts. Two exemplary phrases each with a separate meaning are: the risk of having ABC risk that having ABC causes XYZ To ...