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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“Procurable of”

How do we use the adjective (presumably) "procurable" with the preposition "of "? What is its explicit meaning? Example ...for such sojourners Hotel accommodation is sufficient, but for ...
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Use of “on” in this sentence

I don't think this sentence is grammatically correct, but I don't quite know why: "The most recent inspection date of the building was on July 11, 2019." My quibble lies with the use of "on" in this ...
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Past sentence and use two verbs frequently

Which one is correct? 1. I went to do something Or 2. I went do something We use "to" between two verbs in present sentence, but I don't know about past sentence?! Thanks for helping
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Type vs Type Of

Consider the sentence: What is the most common type tree in South Carolina forests? Is this correct or should it be: What is the most common type OF tree in South Carolina forests? It feels like ...
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Adding or removing to or from

The sentence We wish to verify that adding or removing an apple to the basket does not alter its color. sounds wrong, because we should remove from instead of remove to. But the sentence We ...
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The naming of organisations

I have noticed that prepositions often vary from the names of some organisations to others. For example, "New Routes volunteer organisation" "The volunteer organisation of New Routes" Which one ...
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Can we start a heading with a preposition or to-infinitive?

This is a use case wherein a subheading of technical documentation. Is it correct to start a heading with a to-infinitive or preposition (to; for) in technical writing aspect? Example: [With to-...
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What part of speech is *almost* in this sentence - *These tiny flowers transform into pulp-filled pods almost the size of rugby balls.*

Now, before I get jumped on because almost is always an adverb, please allow me to explain. If almost is an adverb, which it most definitely is (I checked several dictionaries and it is only listed ...
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Is there a term for syntactically and semantically linked modifying phrases?

What I'm talking about is when a string of prepositional phrases take the object of the previous one as their antecedent, and where the entire string is linked back to the original antecedent, a noun ...
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A fly on/in/at the picture?

When do you say "A fly on the picture", "A fly in the picture" or "A fly at the picture"? "A fly on the picture" is clear: A fly landed on a picture and most likely you will chase it away. "A fly in ...
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in/at the Observatory - preposition

What is the right preposition please? He will obtain observations at/in the Paris Observatory. Is there always the? For instance He obtained observations with the 30-cm telescope of the Paris ...
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Can preposition “to” be omitted in this case

Aston Martin’s IPO will provide further clues to which category ultra-expensive carmakers really belong. its context:economist Grammatically,you need to have " clues to which..." and " to which.....
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Where to put time preposition in a sentence

Has there recently been a change in common usage from, for example, “On Monday, the President (did something)” to “The President on Monday (did something)? In the New York Times for example. Feel ...
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call on - trans or intransitive verb

Merriam-Webster gives: call - intransitive verb: to make a brief visit called on a friend Whereas Macmillan has: call on - transitive verb [call on someone] to visit someone, usually for a ...
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Changes in yaw with/of five values?

I want to express there are five available values for changes in yaw -- rotation about a vertical axis, should I use "changes in yaw with five values", "changes in yaw of five values", or something ...
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Is this sentence 100% correct? “Are you going to be in the library at lunch today? ”

All I'm trying to ask is whether or not my friend is going to be available in the library at the time of lunch(12:00). Even though I'm bilingual/multilingual in three different languages including ...
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“hook from which a body hangs” or “hook on which a body hangs”?

Following a discussion on Russian facebook page, will you say "...hook from which a body hangs" or " ... hook on which a body hangs". The claim was that both ways are acceptable, is it right?
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“of + something + verb-ing,” Is This Correct?

I've been writing some essays recently and then bumped into this problem: I want to use "of" to describe something's potential of turning into other things. Is the below sentence correct? This is ...
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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 ...
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Usage of preposition with the word 'employed' [closed]

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.
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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:...
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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 ...
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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!
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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?
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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,...
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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.
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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“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 ...
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“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 ...
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“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", ...
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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 ...
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'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." ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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.
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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 ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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'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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.