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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How to avoid of of of in the Appendix title

I am writing a book and I am supposed to write a title of an Appendix. The logic would go like this: Summary of the models of probability of occurrence But isn't it clumsy, to use so many of's in a ...
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The use of the word "of" between nouns and other prepositions [closed]

Can all composite nouns be converted using the word "of". For example: A B C D becomes D of C of B of A Supermarket credit card system = System of card of credit of supermarket. Credit card (...
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When is it okay to use in on one after the other in the same sentence? [closed]

I'm watching the Netflix docuseries "Evil Genius: the True Story of ..." and in it, the following sentence has come up two times. ... Brian was actually in on the heist. The first few ...
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Which one will be the correct sentence? [closed]

Given the disastrous/devastating impacts of environmental pollution in the country, It is high time to ponder upon the solutions of its mitigation. Given the disastrous/devastating impacts of ...
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This will be my last email to or for you? [duplicate]

I'm wondering which of the following is correct? This will be my last email for you. or This will be my last email to you.
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"Change in" or "Change to"? [closed]

Will it be "I have made a change in the text" or "I have made a change to the text"?
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Is it correct to say " love and attachment to you " instead of " love for and attachment to you" omitting the first preposition? [closed]

I chanced upon a sentence in some religious text that goes like this, Please instil in me love and attachment to you. Shouldn't it be " ...love FOR and attachment to you? " since love ...
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'Now' as a preposition or conjunction

In the below sentence, is 'now' a preposition or a subordinating conjunction? Most dictionaries (OED, Webster, AHD, etc.) say that 'now' is a (subordinating) conjunction in the sense of the below ...
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in fright & with fright

I'm quite confused by the usage of prep., so may I ask when I should use "in" or "with", since I read some sentences below The birds smashed into the top of their cages in fright....
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Same as vs. same with [migrated]

Which is more correct: a. Living under the same sky as you b. Living under the same sky with you And what’s the difference if there’s any?
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Why is "the" optional in "at home", "at school", or "at church"? [duplicate]

I was talking to my Spanish friend and found out it's ok to say "en casa" (at home) without needing the article "la (casa)". Then it dawned on me that in English, it's also the ...
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It was a terribly difficult time for all of us. - adjectival preposition

It was a terribly difficult time for all of us. In this sentence, what is the role of the prepositional phrase "for all of us"? I think it's adjectival and it modifies the noun "time.&...
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Which one is correct please? Firm's representative < at / to / in > the union?

I am the representative of our firm at the union. I am the representative of our firm to the union. I am the representative of our firm in the union.
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Meaning of 'as' in this sentence [closed]

What is the meaning of 'as' in this sentence? In all of the dictionaries to which I have referred, there is not one definition that the 'as' in the sentence below can have such that the sentence does ...
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When can we use 'draw upon' instead of 'draw on' and why?

LEXICO defines draw on as follows: 1 (draw on something) Use one's experience, talents, or skills as a resource. ‘Sue has a lot of past experience to draw on’ 2 (of a period of time) pass by and ...
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Relationship indicated by 'of'

What relationship between the nouns 'service' and 'company' does the preposition 'of' serve to indicate in the below sentence? He is in the service of the company. In the sentence 'The house of Mary ...
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To Only You or Only To You?

I need some native English speakers to answer this one. Is it "Alarms are visible to only you." OR "Alarms are visible only to you." Thanks in advance!
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Graduation in/from/at

I read this sentence somewhere After his graduation in the field of medicine at Harvard University, he was offered a great job. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Aren't we supposed to use the ...
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Use of "put something in" vs "in which to put something"

What is the rule or the error involving, for example; I need a box to put my groceries in. vs I need a box in which to put my groceries.
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Meaning of the preposition 'in' the sentence: "Her house lies in that direction." [migrated]

What is the meaning of the preposition 'in' in the below sentence? What relationship does it serve to indicate? Her house lies in that direction. Is it idiomatic?
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A period of at least thirty (30) continuous days from the date

One of the conditions in a contract is mentioning: The hydro power plants to be built to have been completed, commissioned, in operation and successfully generating power for a period of at least ...
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Which part of speech do compass directions (north, south, etc.) belong to?

Which part of speech do compass directions (north, south, etc.) belong to (in the sense below)? The town is north of New York. Is 'north' a preposition here?
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meaning of "near identity of one to the other"

I'm reading the chapter 17 of this pdf, explaining the preposition "OF". The sentence is In (5), the integration of Subject into Landmark amounts to near identity of one to the other: (5) ...
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"Together with" : including vs. in addition

Together with John, there were 12 of us in the villa. Together with John, there were 12 people in the villa. Are both sentences ambiguous with the meaning "a total number of 13 people"?
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On the arguments of 'put'

I have noticed that the verb 'put' usually takes a direct object and a (typically) prepositional, non-core complement, as in: He put the book on the shelf Sometimes, the prepositional complement is ...
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Is something depicted in art or within art?

I am writing about certain paintings and the content depicted on the canvas. Which proposition should I use: in or within? "... depicted in paintings" or "... depicted within paintings&...
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How would you use "beside" as an adverb?

So in my Collins grammar book, it says that beside is a preposition that can also be used as an adverb, but I can't find any examples of it being used as an adverb. Was it perhaps a typo? Was it meant ...
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How to use the word adjustable here

How can I say this: These are adjustable (in/for/as far as/through) their angle and height Which alternative in parenthesis is correct? Or you have other better suggestion to say this?
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Is there a semantic difference between ‘without’ and ‘‑less’?

I am trying to decide whether the sentences [X] argues [Y]’s death to be without sin and [X] argues [Y]’s death to be sinless actually carry the same meaning. The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘...
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Difference between to and until? [duplicate]

I'd love to know what the difference is between "to" and "until" when talking about time. Consider the following examples: (taken from an actual travel guide) Wild flowers grow in ...
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"In the platform" or "on the platform"?

I don't mean such platforms as Netflix, Youtube or social media platforms. If this is a marketing automation platform (in other words - software), can we say "in the platform"? In the ...
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Are adjectives and adverbs just collapsed version of adjuncts?

Modifiers for verbs/ nouns can come in 3 main types: adjectives, adverbs & adjuncts. These all provide specific details about corresponding noun/ verbs e.g: Manner, means (instrumental) - with, ...
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'' to '' meaning ? which one?

What is the meaning of the preposition "to" in these sentences? The shoulder is proximal to the elbow. The ribs are lateral to the lungs. to : used for saying where someone or something ...
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Prepositions that can be used with the verb Admit (meaning allow (someone) to enter a place.)

I'm trying to convey the following information in a formal sentence and I'm having a hard time because I don't know what prepositions I can use with the verb admit as in admitted to UBC, for example. ...
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'Day' as a preposition [closed]

'The next day, they woke up early to find that it had disappeared.' Does 'day' function as a preposition here? That is, should the above sentence not read 'On the next day...'?
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What is the distinction between verbs like "to regard/concern" and prepositions like "regarding", "concerning", "about"?

"regard", "concern", "refer" are stative verbs that express the state of being related or connected to something. Why is it that words like "regarding" and &...
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are some prepositions (e.g. “concerning”) actually just irregular passive forms of verbs (e.g. “to concern” )

Trying to understand the roles prepositions play. It seems to me that as well as the obvious positional information they express (in, on, under etc) they also serve as passive forms of some verbs. ...
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Omission of if in a conditional phrase

This is an excerpt from Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. It is, however, clear that even this apprehension of the manifold alone would bring forth no image and no connection of the impressions were ...
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In vs. into? She's sprayed some vanilla into her mouth [closed]

I'd like to ask a question about the use of in vs. into. Which usage is more correct when I mean that she's sprayed some vanilla in her mouth and swallowed it? She's sprayed some vanilla in her mouth....
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Regard somebody as (being) as holy as a saint

Regard someone as (being) as holy as a saint Is being here optional, and why is it so in syntactic terms? Secondly, is it similar to the following? It is promoted as a leisure activity, as well as as ...
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Is it correct to say “I like someone as [a role]”?

I would like ask, if I want to say I like someone to play a role, can I say “I like you as [the role]?” Another example, “I like Kate as Snow White.” Does this sentence expressing I like Kate to play ...
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Is there such a phrase as "show them to the house"? [closed]

I was asked a question in my Language exam: Alex was asked to show the guests_________the house. I have found one solution to be around from Merriam-Webster but could not find any reference to the ...
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Preposition question: should I use 'from' or 'in'? [closed]

Fans will delight in this character Tonie jam-packed with popular songs from the well-loved adventures of/from/in/depicted in? the animated series, Mr Bean. Not sure which preposition is best here, ...
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Is this correct - period of the order of several thousands of days? [closed]

Is this correct, please? an orbital period of the order of several thousands of days Sentence This is a binary star system with an orbital period of the order of several thousands of days. I'm ...
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What is the reason for skipping the preposition "on"? [duplicate]

In Goggle Ngram Viewer I found these sentences: How are you enabled to say it was Monday that you saw him? It was Monday that I was sworn as a witness. It was on Monday that he called at my house. ...
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'In this topic' or 'on this topic'

When talking about a topic, which is correct? For example, should I say Selected topics IN statistics or Selected topics ON statistics Seminar ON modern history or Seminar IN modern history?
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In the screen or on the screen? [closed]

I'd like to know what is the correct version: Let's say we have some IT system (like SAP) and there is a search screen. If I am asking someone to perform an action in the system, should I ask them to ...
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what does "back up" mean in this context:

At some point, once you've established the habit and you're showing up each day, you can combine the two-minute rule with a technique we call habit shaping to scale your habit back up toward your ...
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Correct usage of preposition "of" with month and year only

I've been researching like crazy a definitive source for determining whether I can correctly and properly use the preposition "of" to write the month and year only. I located one source, the ...
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Proper prepositions and word choice in "thought of st. like ...." sentence [closed]

I am not sure if I wrote this sentence in proper English: Since the inference lies in special estimation, we thought of a prior more like abstract function rather than a prior distribution. Did I ...

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