The Stack Overflow podcast is back! Listen to an interview with our new CEO.

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.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Could you let me know the nuance of preposition after 'say'?

When I saw the following sentence, I started to wonder about the nuance of a preposition after say verb. I'm saying off to misogyny. What does it mean about say off? and Could you let me know ...
2
votes
1answer
25 views

Usage of preposition with the word 'employed'

1.my sister is employed in/on/by/with the railway. What is the correct usage .If all are possible could you tell me the difference.
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Improper use of “the”

I sent an article to a journal. The reviewer wrote to me: " there are repeated errors in the use of "the"." I am confusing about "the" and need a precise rule. For example, see a paragraph of my paper:...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

Did you buy it with a lower price or Did you buy it in a lower price?

I am just a bit confused about which one is correct.
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Should there be a “the” here?

"'In the words of English poet Samuel Coleridge..." My teacher told me to add a "the" before "English poet", is that necessary? The sentence reads fine to me as is, but I don't have anything to ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Create account “at” vs “on” <service name>

What would be the right way to say: "Please, create an account on Instagram" or "Please, create an account at Instagram" Or can both of these be used interchangeably? Thanks!
-1
votes
0answers
38 views

Anyone knows how to correct this sentences? [closed]

I also have a gift on Mathematics, This is one of the extract from my profile description. I figured the "on" is incorrect and I need to replace it with other preposition. What is the correct ...
0
votes
1answer
40 views

Differences between To throw and To throw at? [closed]

I throw the paper to you. I throw the paper at you. What is the difference? And why and how the "at" changes this meaning?
0
votes
0answers
37 views

Is “stand in the locker” correct? [closed]

My teacher often carelessly say something like that, I am wondering the preposition "in" is correct and what preposition can replaced if this is incorrect.
0
votes
1answer
35 views

How to structure a question using “where” to ask about a path/intermediate location

In Portuguese, I can ask literally "Por onde vais?" meaning something like "What is the path you are taking?" I would like to know how to ask this in English, using "where", possibly a preposition (by,...
0
votes
1answer
36 views

using “to” instead of “into” in “transform A into B”

Instead of using "into", can I use the preposition "to"? He transformed himself into a werewolf. He transformed himself to a werewolf.
1
vote
2answers
53 views

Which preposition should one choose when having two adjectives that require different prepositions and different verb forms in a comparative?

unwilling to + infinitive and incapable of + ing form. Which one is the right sentence? The ruling class is incapable more than unwilling to pursue the public interest. vs The ruling class is ...
0
votes
0answers
27 views

Prepositions and phrases

Last night I was reading Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift. After I finished book 1 and 2, I took a look at the comments on the book in general. While scrolling down the comments one comment caught ...
1
vote
2answers
58 views

Running out of prepositions besides In Under and At

I'm trying to write a piece where it tells where a student came from but I keep using In under and at. Are there any other things to replace that? I looked up synonyms but it wasn't very helpful. ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

“price on” and “price for”

In Insider Secrets To Hydraulics book there are two sentences with price in it: 1) Befor the distributor can quote you a price on an equivalent pump, a sales engineer has to identify all the ...
-1
votes
2answers
76 views

“going back for it” v. “going back to it”

I want to write about someone who is addicted to alcohol. Should I say, "He keeps going back for it." OR "He keeps going back to it." where "it" refers to "alcohol." And please explain the ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

is it correct to say “Can my spouse be covered under my health insurance?” [migrated]

In an email I want to ask about health insurance of my spouse by my company. What is the correct way to ask about it? Is it grammatically correct to say under my health insurance in the following ...
0
votes
2answers
45 views

“Trade in” vs “trade of”

I know that Longman dictionary gives "in" as a correct preposition to use after "trade". But I am confused by a number of examples from British corpus and Google Search where they say "trade of", ...
1
vote
1answer
36 views

In order of appearance “in” or “on” the chain

I want to say array that stores positions of nucleotides in order of appearance in (or is it on?) the S chain. I know it sounds too specific as a genetics kind of question, but is just for a ...
0
votes
0answers
13 views

Preposition for a time reference in a video

I am sending a YouTube video to someone and ask him to see what's happening at 10 minutes. Should I say "Please see 10:00 of this video" ? Should I use of, at or in?
-1
votes
0answers
24 views

“Win on at least Hard difficulty to unlock (this special option)” — correct?

Is the text in the question title grammatically correct? It's a tooltip for a video game UI element meaning that the player has to win the game while playing either on the Hard difficulty, or on one ...
13
votes
8answers
6k views

'Cheddar goes “good” with burgers?' Can “go” be seen as a verb of the senses?

I know that the adverb modifies a verb except for in some limited cases such as verbs of the senses or copula. "It tastes good.", not "It tastes well." "It looks good.", not "It looks well." ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

Which preposition goes with the word 'solution'?

Though I've found one of the questions with the same topic as mine, I would desire the better elaborated explanation as it confuses me a lot. According to that question, the answer was that when the ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Pattern: adjective/noun + in + ing

everyone. I have a question regarding the usage of "in" in this pattern: Adjective/noun + in + V-ing Like in this sentence: «Light takes such a long time in crossing the enormous distances and ...
1
vote
0answers
26 views

“victim to” and “victim of” [migrated]

In Insider Secrets To Hydraulics there is two texts: When I inquired why the new pump hab been fitted, the maintenance manager advised me that the original pump hab been uneconomical to repair. I ...
-1
votes
0answers
33 views

among vs within vs between

I'm writing now a paper that involves math concepts, and I stood upon a particular concept I'm not sure how to render best: a and b are two values and I is the interval between/within/among them ...
0
votes
2answers
72 views

What are all the possible prepositions after the sentence “to do research”?

If you'd use a preposition after the pattern "to do research...", what would be all the potential prepositions that could come after? Edit: I'm speaking about researching something of a little value, ...
2
votes
1answer
58 views

What's the difference between spend on and spend in?

Most time I used spend on in the case like: I spent 5 hours on learning Python everyday. But, I happened to see a sentence: I spent a lot time in researching the problem. So I am curious about the ...
0
votes
0answers
16 views

About, around, for

What would be the most correct way to write the sentence below? Should I use 'about' or 'around'? And is the 'for' correct in this case? It will take about/around 1 month for the letter to arrive.
0
votes
0answers
26 views

Alternatives to using “from - to” with dates

Is there a correct and formally accepted shorter alternative to "from ... to ..." when referring to a specific period of time? e.g. They have their annual forum meeting in Las Vegas from 10 to 12 ...
0
votes
0answers
9 views

the use of articles after prepositions [duplicate]

We say "I will contact you by letter", but we say "He was knocked down by a bus". Why is "letter" not preceded by an article?
1
vote
1answer
44 views

Use of prepositions 'in' vs 'at' successively in a single sentence

The given sentence is I live (in/at) Ambala (in/at) Harayana (in/at) India. Ambala is a town in the state of Harayna which is in India (country). You can replace the place names with anything ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

nouns and prepositions inside infinitives

Two phrases from English-Russian dictionary of mechanical engineering and automation: to face harden to through harden That is we have the noun "face" and the preposition "through" inside the ...
1
vote
1answer
33 views

Is preposition “for” used in the sentence correctly?

In the last part of a post, I use this sentence: We thank all of you for your continued interest and support for our Facebook page. I know we often say"interest in something" or "support for ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

'partners may not have the same buy-in in projects' vs 'partners may not have the same buy-in of projects'?

I do not know which one is the correct preposition to use in the following example. 'partners may not have the same buy-in in projects', seems to be more correct but 'partners may not have the same ...
2
votes
3answers
55 views

the path of vs the path to

Is there a difference between "the path of something" and "the path to something"? I'm confused. Here are two examples: The paths of spiritual life growth (1): Be Quiet Before God and Pray With a ...
0
votes
0answers
33 views

which preposition should I use with “elaborate” [duplicate]

I have the following sentence, and I am wondering which preposition(s) should I use to make this sentence grammatically correct. This will be elaborated on in the following section. There are two ...
0
votes
0answers
106 views

Is using “short of something” to express “missing/lacking something” grammatical?

I have heard two conflicting opinions on the following: They want to play football but they are short of one man. The intended meaning was that they were missing one player. Now, a colleague from ...
-1
votes
1answer
54 views

Which is correct? “of doing anything” or “to doing anything” [closed]

The dog stayed under the shade. He was not sure whether to trust the dog of doing anything. The dog stayed under the shade. He was not sure whether to trust the dog to doing anything. In another ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

Could preposition be placed before the relative pronoun 'whose'?

Is whom or whose appropriate here? The chairman in ______ private life the newspapers are so interested has nothing to hide.
0
votes
0answers
32 views

phrase structure: “…from A to B”

In the sentence "S walked from A to B", how does the interpretation of the semantic relationship between the from-PP and the to-PP affect the grammatical structure of the sentence? On the ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

Is “aim for” a formal structure?

When I'm writing a very formal academic article or a text at work, I make use of "aim at" in it. My question is: Can I use "aim for" as alternative formal option in my texts?
0
votes
1answer
50 views

“The same with” or “The same as”

My housemate just showed me how to switch off the fire alarm in the kitchen in case that it sounds for no reason. Then I asked him “Can I do the same with the one in my room?” Is it correct to use “...
1
vote
1answer
39 views

meaning of preposition “for” in “sing for joy” [closed]

I have read the following sentence: They drink and sing for joy. What does that mean? Are they so happy that they sing to celebrate it?
2
votes
3answers
89 views

Brave from ignorance and folly

I read a sentence: It is not fortitude to be brave from ignorance and folly. Why we use from in the construction brave from? What is the full meaning of the sentence?
1
vote
2answers
106 views

“in that time” or “at that time” [closed]

Which is correct? "at that time" or "in that time" Here is the example sentence: In the summer in Beijing it is always hot, even during the Qing Dynasty. People in/at that time did not have air ...
-3
votes
1answer
45 views

Stay connected {to/with/ on} our Facebook page (prepositional confusion) [duplicate]

Which preposition is appropriate? On, with or to? Stay updated with/on our Facebook page Stay connected to/on/with our Facebook page Stay updated on the go on/with our Facebook page Stay connected ...
0
votes
1answer
105 views

In the next year vs. For the next year vs. Over the next year

I want to know the differences among these three: In the next year For the next year Over the next year Thanks in advance 😊
1
vote
0answers
35 views

What is the meaning of 'but' in this sentence?

What is the meaning of 'but' in this sentence? "Remember the lady who moved across the hall? So I get into the elevator today and who else gets in but her!" What does the 'but' mean here, and how ...
-1
votes
1answer
69 views

“It was an April” vs “It was in April” [closed]

"It was an April afternoon. And the warm breezes of approaching summer had sent everyone, including Grandfather, indoors". The above sentences are from the story 'Adventures in a Banyan Tree' by ...