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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Game of/for a club

I recently wrote a text containing the following sentence: "[...] So we keep asking while we await the next game of the national team of a country far away. " The text was read by two English ...
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apply to/in/into situations? [closed]

I don't know which of the following prepositions is the correct one. Here is my sentence These difficulties made me realize my need to advance my practical application abilities further--to apply ...
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60 kms per hour or an hour [duplicate]

The train is running at a speed of 65 kms per hour. The train is running at a speed of 65 kms an hour. Which one is grammatically correct?
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correct usage of preposition 'on' and 'by' [migrated]

which is the correct sentence? Mr. Parkash leads a very busy life so he goes everywhere by a scooter. Mr. Parkash leads a very busy life so he goes everywhere on a scooter.
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Comparison without “Gerund” [migrated]

I had face this situation that I want to use both word in simple form with to... Original sentence : ▪️Taking the oral examination is usually harder than writing the dissertation. ▪️Except sentence ...
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Why do we omit preposition before 'these days'?

We usually say 'in those days'. Eg: In those days, his life was miserable. When we say 'these days', usually, we don't use preposition before it. Eg: These days he is very busy. Can anyone explain ...
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Is it “ask a question to someone” or “ask a question from someone”?

Sometimes we inevitably need to use a preposition when using the phrase "ask questions", the passive voice being one example of such occasions (Those questions must be asked to/from the teacher, not ...
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Do trees “fall down” or “fall over”? [closed]

Is there any difference between saying "Trees can fall down in strong wind" and "Trees can fall over in strong wind"? And in general, what is the different between "fall down" and "fall over"?
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Volume of clothes. Or volume in clothes?

I was just wondering which is correct out of these: The more boutiques, the more demand for volume of clothes. Or The more boutiques, the more demand for volume in clothes.
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The preposition 'from' to show source

Referring to this lexico definition of from, I'm aware of the usages 3 (Indicating the source or provenance of someone or something) and 6 (Indicating the raw material out of which something is ...
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Which one is correct? As referred by/ as referred to by [closed]

I am contacting you as referred by Salim. I am contacting you as referred to by Salim. Which one is correct?
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Preposition used with begin

Which one is correct? The composition begins at page 50. The composition begins on page 50.
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Commas before prepositions

I refer to the example sentences given here (https://www.lexico.com/definition/except): ‘I looked around, but it was dark outside except for one street light at the corner a short way ahead of me.’ ‘...
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Preposition to use with “cruise” [closed]

Can I use "at" as a preposition with "cruise", like in this example: a tourist vessel cruising at the Caribbean Sea Maybe "in" is better and more natural here, but I'm just asking if "at" would be ...
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When can I use OF and IN? [migrated]

I struggle to find answer why Love of all its form is incorrect vs Love in all its forms. I don't understand why can't I use OF instead of IN in this sentence
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The accident “to” somebody or the accident “of” somebody? [migrated]

Which sentence is correct? Or are both or neither correct? The accident to my child was traumatic. The accident of my child was traumatic. Maybe the first one is correct as in English we say an ...
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Is `without` required only noun? [duplicate]

I met an English sentence like below. After testing on multiple machines root configurations, I was able to notice that it happens only using homestead without nfs folder sync. This sentence ...
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Why is “I didnt mean to, not miss it” incorrect?

I know someone who initially typed the phrase, "I didn't mean to not miss it." After I pointed out that this had a double negative, he corrected this to "I didn't mean to, not miss it" I believe this ...
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which one is right answer? [migrated]

They spent a lot of time _______ at the pictures in the museum. looking for looking to look to looking I thought number 2, 3 is correct, but answer is number 3 what's the difference between ...
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Which preposition would you use in this case? [migrated]

I have two choices at work. Both are good for me, so I just need to ask if there's a preferable option for the company. Should my question be: "Is there any difference for the company" or "to the ...
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in/of/for/during/over the past/last/previous 12 months? [closed]

I'm struggling to identify which combination of preposition and adjective I would use to precisely communicate the following information: The total billed amount for the last 12 calendar months. ...
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What is the difference between “interest” and “of interest”, or between “abstract nouns” and “of + abstract nouns” [migrated]

I saw a sentence in Cambridge IELTS 14 said, "Of particular interest were those built to the designs of John Shaw Billings." I have some questions about it: What is the difference between "...
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Embarrassed for vs embarrassed about

All students should be wearing the same uniforms, so they don't have to feel embarrassed for their clothes. Should it be "for" or "about"?
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determiner confusion with noun

Can we use No other with plural noun? For example: No other boys are as good as he. No other people are as happy as I. Please help me with reference
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Do we say “to lean the broom AGAINST / ON the corner of the room” or “to lean the broom IN the corner of the room”? [migrated]

lean [transitive] to make something rest against something in a sloping position lean something against something Can I lean my bike against the wall? She leaned her head against his ...
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Fear FOR something vs fear ABOUT something [migrated]

All these problems make me fear _____________ my children’s future. Out of 'for' and 'about', is either word more appropriate than the other to be filled in the blank. The source of this (stand ...
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'Of' vs 'Of the' - When to use each? [migrated]

I have been trying to figure out the difference between the usage of - 'of' and 'of the'. To give an example If I were going to name one of my projects - Shape of Land Shape of the Land Shape of ...
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Where to put adverbs of manner?

I assume that basically is an adverb of manner and I am not sure where to put it in the sentence below This table was made out of wood basically.
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“Quote by Albert Einstein” or “quote from Albert Einstein”? [closed]

Can both “by” and “from” prepositions be used to indicate the person as the source of quotation? Is there any difference? To me “quotes from Albert Einstein” sounds more like “quotes from Albert ...
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Meaning of 'Within 24 hours they will be shown for a & b times respectively' in this problem:

In a movie theatre two movies 'Avengers' and 'Inception' with running time of 3 & 4 hours respectively and ticket price of 15$ & 25$ respectively will be shown. Within 24 hours they will be ...
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clothing “DISTINCTIVE TO” a particular position

Habit: to dress somebody in clothing distinctive TO a particular position or office (literary) Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. What is the meaning of TO here? Is distinctive a postnominal adjective? I ...
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Sentence ending in a preposition [duplicate]

It was a prospective, randomised clinical trial in which 245 volunteers participated in. Does the above read / sound correct? Would it be better to say: It was a prospective, randomised ...
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Can I say “spoke the nicest way” instead of the “spoke in the nicest way”? [closed]

Can I say "spoke the nicest way" instead of the "spoke in the nicest way" ? As in: "I always spoke about you the nicest way in the world." instead of "I always spoke about you in the nicest way in ...
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What's the correct preposition for time duration?

What preposition should I use in this sentence: there's a 20 second period _____ the lights are out. is it while, when, in which, or something else?
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Grammaticality of “On which hand it is worn should not make the slightest difference”

We are essentially creatures of habit. If you have any question about this, just transfer your wristwatch to the other hand. Even though it should not make the slightest difference on which hand it is ...
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“The application stays on (or in) the same screen.”?

The application stays on/in the same screen. In sounds a lot better but aren't things on the screen?
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include a document to the folder or in the folder [closed]

I have attached a letter to the folder that I submitted or in the folder I submitted ? Help please
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Live “out of” or “in” your car?

Why do people say "out of" in the following example and similar ones? Is it only NAmE? I was living out of my car back then. Some might say that you should say "out of" since you're not always in ...
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Usage of 'at' for place

Whether we should 'at' or 'in' for places. Consider these examples: How many people are working at Microsoft? She always did well at school Or How many people are working in Microsoft? ...
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Which preposition is very common with Disappointed with or by or in? [closed]

We enjoyed our holiday, but we were a bit disappointed (with/by/in) the hotel? Which preposition fits better here?
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“With” or “By” or “of” or “from”

Do you get bored with licking ice-cream? or Do you get bored by licking ice-cream? or Do you get bored of licking ice-cream? or Do you get bored from licking ice-cream?
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Examples where a verb licenses different prepositions depending on its tense

In the course of answering this question, I've noticed that there are constructions where the verb be licenses different (non-temporal) prepositions depending on its tense: [1]   i&...
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Do things you can make a difference ___

I wanted to say 'do things that you can actually do something about' with the expression 'make a difference'. 'Do things you can make a difference __'. I feel like there needs to be a preposition ...
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Using the word 'for' in a sentence [duplicate]

I am searching for an answer to the use of 'for' in the following sentences: I would like for you to keep it. Life was too weird for Jeff to return to class. I've found some answers. For example: '...
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Which preposition is generally used?

• I hope you weren’t shocked by / at what I said. • I was shocked by / at what I saw. I’d never seen anything like it before.
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What is the correct way to use with “to whom”, “one of the” in a long sentence?

I am not sure about myself. I was wondering if I use this sentence correctly. Am I confusing you? I am reaching out to you because I was wondering if I could meet one of the recruiters or ...
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Obligations “on” or “for” the customer

The full sentence is as follows: The contract should set out the obligation [“on” or “for”] the customer to provide assistance to the supplier.
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Regarding “when” is a preposition

I was in a text exchange with a friend from Mexico. English is his second language. He deigned to correct something I, whose English is my first language, texted... "When you, me, Tony, and Gabi met ...
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Identify the appropriate preposition

For countries where English is not the mother tongue, its hard to answer this kind of question in English Grammar Exam. Usually we use a lots and lots of rules and tricks to answer these questions. ...
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Be completed for <date> or be completed on <date>

Could you ensure the work is completed for 20th-Jan? Or Could you ensure the work is completed on 20th-Jan? I see a native speaker use "for" and I don't understand why.

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