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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“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 ...
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something we were not notified of

Is this sentence correct? This is something we were not notified of. Or is using of unnecessary in the sentence?
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About repeating nouns, adjs, and prepositions

Example 1: Historical economic data, meteorological data, and hydrological data were collected from various sources. Data referred here are all historical data. Should I repeat historical, and are ...
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made of VS made from (not duplicate, tricky one)

Here I would like to ask a question about the usage of made of and made from. I know the issue has been discussed on this forum many times before, but this time I would like to ask a tricky question ...
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On / with a low budget

I've got this piece of my text: In my humble opinion, a movie can be just as good and entertaining on a low budget with certain key elements. Is it correct to say 'on a low budget' or it's better ...
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Is “falls on” the right term in this sentence?

Is "falls on" the right term in this sentence? Should it be "falls to"? I think it sounds incorrect to me — success doesn’t "fall on" some action, right? — but I can't put my finger on what should be ...
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Sita was married by Rama

1.Rama married Sita 2.Sita was married by Rama " The Teacher's Travelogue " prepared by the Regional Institute of India, Banglore discussed the use of active and passive voice. It goes on to say ...
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“Shaded with green” vs “shaded by green” as adjective? [closed]

I'm really not sure what's the difference, both seem right. The meaning is that the object has a shade of green upon it.
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What preposition should I use in this phrase?

I wnat to say 'this ilness invoves women who are in their fertility age'. Which preposition is appropriate? Should I use related to or relating to which is an inflammatory disease RELATING TO/ ...
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What's the meaning of “to” in “Love you to”? [closed]

There's a Beatles song called "Love You To" (not To Love You nor Love You Too). I've never understood this grammar construction and I don't understand what the title actually means. Is it just a ...
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Is “I am getting married with my sister” ambiguous?

I have seen the following sentences in a book given to us during our training period at The Regional Institute of English, Bangluru I got married to Priscilla. I got married with Priscilla ...
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Stay tuned on or to? Which one is correct?

I have seen both usages. Stay tuned on our Facebook page to know more Stay tuned to our Facebook page to know more But don’t know which one is more appropriate. Please help me figure it out. ...
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What's the grammatical principle behind the use of 'for' with an adjective?

The following common expressions are in the form of for in conjunction with an adjective: (give/take) for granted (leave) for dead for better/worse for sure/certain There doesn't seem to be anything ...
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Does “to tell apart” require “from” or “and”?

Which of the following sentences are incorrect and why? Is it okay to use "and" in these phrases? And should "apart" be moved to the end of the sentence? How to tell apart a raven from a crow? How to ...
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being usages dilemma

I've read in BBC that we use use "being" as a verb-ing. BBC has listed two kinds of usage; what I want to learn about here is the "preposition + verb-ing" usage. It has been said that "being + past ...
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Frequency/quantity in a/one month

Please consider the following: There are four seasons IN a year I do it five times IN a year The girls meet me twice a month He smoked five cigarettes IN a day They finish five books a ...
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Difference between “safe from” vs “safe of” something

When indicating that something is secured from something dangerous it is possible to say that it is safe from something. For example, you might say Properly kept farm animals are safe from ...
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Which preposition is to be used before “participation” — in or on?

I read a sentence in Word by Word by Kory Stamper which was: I had one social studies teacher who proclaimed to us on the first day of class that everyone was expected to speak "correct and proper ...
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Need help with a grammar question about prepositions [duplicate]

Is “to” in the following examples a preposition, or does it act as part of the verb (to obtain, to sign, to complete)? Many thanks! ▻ I finally managed to obtain a copy of the report. ▻ Both ...
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In a car or on a car? [closed]

I know that normally we say travel by car or in a car, but would it be acceptable to say 'on a car'?
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Why is it “on the inside” and not “in the inside”?

The expression "in the inside" appears to be logical (because insides are closed spaces with boundaries) but the more common expression is "on the inside." What’s the reason behind this usage?
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“Born in a City” or “Born at a City”? Uncommon Usage by Edward FitzGerald [duplicate]

I was reading Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward FitzGerald. In introduction, the translator writes: Khayyam was born at Naishapur. I always thought that we needed to use in in such a ...
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Preposition after 'deluged'

I am aware that the word deluged means two things: Flooded with water Overwhelmed The question I want to ask is its usage in a sentence. Would I say 'deluged with' or 'deluged by' something? In ...
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grandfather of or to two children? [closed]

What do these mean? He's a grandfather of two. He's a grandfather to two.
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Why does “on top of” lack of an article before “top”? [closed]

I read in a children's book, Bliff’s fun phonics: "The duck is on top." "Top" is supposed to be countable. Why is there not an article before "top" in the phrase?
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subscribing of or subscribing to?

I received a Location error on a website that suggests me to try subscribing of Romania's service when within its boundaries Basically I'm trying to subscribe to a Romanian service, but I'm not in ...
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Are the commas necessary in this type of sentence?

Here's the sentence: From what I could see, Brom's facial expression turned from a neutral look, to a surprised one, and then to displeasure. I feel that no commas are necessary when in the form, "...
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The difference between be aimed at and aim to?

According to Longman, I think I can use "aimed at ing" and "aiming to v" both. GRAMMAR: Patterns with aim • You aim to do something: I aim to study medicine. ✗Don’t say: I aim at ...
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What is correct in the following sentences? [closed]

The system shows 79 pcs in stock from the previous version of the V95830 harness. The system shows 79 pcs in stock of the previous version of the V95830 harness.
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discount to vs discount off vs discount off of vs discount from

To get the full A app company experience, we recommend you upgrade to our paid version (at a substantial discount TO list price). I found that sentence on a website of an app company and the ...
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“In the process” VS “During the process”

Below are some sentences involved these two phrases. Could "during" and "in" be replaced by each other? During the process the permeability damage to coal reservoirs caused during the development ...
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Origin of the saying 'It's a soda'?

We say that something is easy (in Australia at least) by saying that 'it's a soda?' What is the origin of this please? Why soda?
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Drafting (of) reports

I want to say that: "I contributed to drafting proposals", and unsure if I use a preposition after "drafting"... Thanks! The website wants more symbols, so I keep typing. In fact, I am quite sure ...
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Using the preposition For to indicate a purpose

I am curious to know if the usage of "for" in the sentence below is grammatical? The reason why “socioeconomical understanding” is chosen as the umbrella section is for it to mediate the ...
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Changing of phrasal verbs by tenses [closed]

Probably that is extremely strange question , but can I change pharasal verbs by tenses ? There is no something else information at the most popular resources . For example , break down Past ...
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Is it 'Save time IN your morning routine' or 'Save time ON your morning routine'?

I need help on this. Do I say Save time in your morning routine or Save time on your morning routine ? The context: a beauty procedure that simplifies women's makeup routine. Thank you for ...
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PhD at University X or PhD from University X [duplicate]

I wish to present my education for a potential employer. If I had the chance to phrase a whole sentence, I would go for "I received my PhD from University X", as suggested in other answers to related ...
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Is it appropriate here to use “of” or not here?

Which is correct? a) There is no consensus about the definition of chronic brain damage. b) There is no consensus about chronic brain damage definition. How many words could be placed in a row ...
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How can “of me doing something” be grammatically correct? What grammar rule is this? [duplicate]

The first book on my list has actually been recommended to me like multiple times over the years of me doing BookTube. I found that sentence in my English book, and the last part where it reads of ...
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In what cases can we begin noun clauses with a preposition?

In what cases can we begin noun clauses with a preposition? Is there any rule? My examples (sorry if they are bad): 1. You need to choose with what you agree and with what not. 2. Don’t tell him ...
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Is there any difference between 'a friend of mine' and 'a friend to me'? [duplicate]

I have read a paragraph in a book named English preposition that gives a definition of 'a friend of mine' which means that OF integrates the person into the sphere of your affection, but I can not ...
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Usage of “to” and “in”

Consider following sentence They are helping some candidates in getting admissions to the institute. In the above sentence, whether it should be "to" or "in"?
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meaning of 'on which'

I have searched in Google, dictionary and StackExchange and I couldn't understand. I want to know what is the meaning of 'on which'. We call one of those sets the training set, on which we learn ...
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CMS: The case f “Based on” [duplicate]

How would you capitalize a heading that includes "based on" according to the Chicago Manual of Style?
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Which preposition is correct for this sentence? [duplicate]

The metropolian museum is located in new york city and is among the most visited art museums ---- the world IN the world or OF the world? I just had exam and im so nervous that i got this one ...
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stuck {in/at} beta

You can be "stuck at home", "stuck at the airport" or "...at a certain level" e.g. Today, inflation is still low, but unemployment is stuck at a painfully high level. But you are "stuck in the middle",...
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How can you rephrase the following sentence to not end in “with”?

I turned down the university's acceptance in order to find a program whose professors I more closely identify with. In the above sentence, it is difficult to figure our whether "with" is being used ...
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What's the difference between using “of” and using “with” when showing a cause?

What is the sense of a sentence when of and with are variously used to show the cause of something? He died of cancer. He was shivering with cold. Why isn’t it like this, or can it be? If it can be, ...
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Confusing examples; Apostrophe-“s” vs “of ” [duplicate]

These examples are very confusing to me and I still can't understand the difference between 's and of. For some sentences, it is grammatically wrong but for some sentences it is correct. Please help ...
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“Log hours against a task”

To give a little bit of context, I work on an software development company and we use a project management tool in which we raise tasks (we call them jiras, actually, but nevermind that) that ...