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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Preposition to follow “Further acknowledgment”?

I have a statement. And after that statement I have: This is further acknowledged by the consolidation of the material. But I want to remove the "This". What preposition can I use here: ...
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How to use “in” or “on” with nouns?

I'm always confused by this and can't find it anywhere. Here's an example of what I mean: (literature here in context of academic literature, such as journals, proceedings, etc.) In the literature ....
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“Represented by” vs. “represented with”

What should I write? A certain property is represented with a special color. A certain property is represented by a special color. Or maybe even "indicated with/by"? But the main point of ...
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Why not concatenate two frequently used words into a new one?

I will probably get a lot of flak about this, but why not combine the often used together words "with the" into "withe" which is pronounced similarly, and it much shorter and easier to write? I am ...
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Is it OK when I say “I have a little request from you”? Is it commonly used?

Is it OK when I say "I have a little request from you"? Is it commonly used?
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“The key to/of the door”

I would like to know what the difference between "the key to the door" and "the the key of the door", or between "the servant to the master" and "the servant of the master" is.
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Which is correct: “confirm with somebody” or “confirm to somebody”?

I want to talk to someone and make sure something is done. How to express this meaning using the word confirm? I'm not sure whether it should be confirm to sb or confirm with sb. Is there another way ...
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What is the difference between “in-between” and “between”?

Do in-between and between have different meanings? What is the difference between in-between and between?
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Which one is correct? “Look here” or “Look at here”?

Between the following two phrases: "Look here" "Look at here" which one is correct? Is it advisable to use "at" in this case?
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Proper preposition for “absolve”

Are you absolved from your sins or absolved of your sins?
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“For how long have you been…” vs. “how long have you been…”

Ante-scriptum: The question should be quite a frequently arising one, so this might be a duplicate. If it is, I haven't found it previously asked here I don't know if the title is meaningful, but ...
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grammar rule for prepositions

What is the grammar rule for the preposition after the word free? Why do we say free of impurities but free of charge?
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“I will go up to the stores”

What is the meaning of the following sentence, said from a person that is at home, and is going outside? I will go up to the stores.
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What is the difference between “I earn $500 each month” and “I earn $500 per month”?

What is the difference between these two sentences? I earn $500 each month I earn $500 per month
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“To increase competitiveness in” or “to increase competitiveness on”?

Which phrase is the correct one? to increase competitiveness in the EU labor market to increase competitiveness on the EU labor market
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Up or down a notch?

(I apologize for the silly question ahead) I've lost some weight recently, and I was able, for the first time today, to close my belt buckle using a notch higher than usual... For the life of me I ...
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Ending a clause with a preposition, rule of thumb or hard rule? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it okay to end a sentence in a preposition? So we've all heard the admonishments from our teachers not to end a clause with a preposition A plumber visits a wealthy ...
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Why 'in itself', why not just 'itself'?

Life in itself is neither good nor evil. It is the place of good and evil, according to what you make it.
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What is the difference between “into” and “onto”?

I see both used, at times, almost interchangeably. What are the general guidelines?
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Do the German 'von' and English 'from' share the same root?

I was wondering whether von and from shared the same common root. They do have a quite close meaning, and the pronunciation sounds similiar too. EDIT I had already looked at the relative Wiktionary ...
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Question directed to someone or at someone?

That question was directed at Sasha OR That question was directed to Sasha what is the difference?
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Correct way to express “'worthy of falling in love for”

Please evaluate this sentence for its correctness. I'm concerned about the use of of in front of falling. However, you're utterly off in your assessment about failing in love for someone else. I ...
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To add someone “to” Facebook or “on” Facebook

Which one is correct and why: It was the first time a girl asked me to add her on Facebook Or It was the first time a girl asked me to add her to Facebook
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About the 'as in'

if "minus" is conceivably an operator, as in "the band reunited, minus one member", you would use the singular. Which is preposition? the 'as' or 'in' or both as a whole is preposition? In English, ...
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“At” or “in” the office?

When do you use at the office? And when do you use in the office? What's the difference between the phrases?
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Which one is more appropriate to use: “send you” or “send to you”?

Are both of the following sentences correct? Let me know if there is still something I need to send to you. Let me know if there is still something I need to send you. Which one is more ...
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“Outside” or “outside of”?

The word rarely turns up outside that context. and The word rarely turns up outside of that context. Which one is correct and why?
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Correct use of 'with' or 'at' when talking about percentages?

I'm writing the following sentence: Women lead uptake at XX%. But a friend is saying that it should be written: Women lead uptake with XX%. Which one is correct?
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“consolidate on” or “consolidate into”?

At work today, I wrote "we have several XXs. We should consolidate on one XX." A colleague corrected it to consolidate into. Which is correct? I'm English and my colleague is American, if that ...
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“Interested on” or “interested in”

Which is correct: interested on or interested in?
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“Centered on” or “centered around”

I have often heard presenters talking about something centered around another thing, but it seems a bit illogical and hence improper to talk like this. Am I right about this?
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“to build meaningful relationships in important areas of my life”

Should I have said "of my life" or "in my life" in this sentence: to build meaningful relationships in important areas of my life
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Is using “as from” correct English?

Many years ago in my first job, I made the mistake of writing "as from" instead of "as opposed to" in a document. To me it seemed normal usage (I must have learnt it from somewhere) but everyone else ...
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“Vote goes for” vs “Vote goes to”

Do "My vote goes for…" and "My vote goes to…" have different meanings? Can they be used interchangeably?
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“suggestions on” or “suggestions at”?

Example usage: I've changed the post a lot by following suggestions on the original question. Is it correct?
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“End with” vs. “end in”

I'm writing up some documentation, and I'm unsure which phrase to use: Option X: Find all strings ending with foo. or Option X: Find all strings ending in foo. Are both correct? (Google spits ...
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Preposition for referring to a tool

Is it ok to use via to refer to a tool (The camera in this context) or should I use with or some other conjunction Photo by John Doe via Canon EOS 60D
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Which one is more correct: “works at a university” or “works in a university”?

My relative is a fairly big academic and works at a university. Is this correct? or should I have used in instead?
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What part of speech is “unless” in the following sentence?

Unless disciplined, a dog becomes a household pest. Is the use of unless in this sentence correct? It sounds to my naive ear to be fine, but I always think of unless as a conjunction, which does not ...
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“The influence of … on/upon …”

I always have a hard time with the use of on and upon. I have looked at the general comments made in this question, but have the following specific use case in mind that does not seem covered to me: ...
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“I am hungry/hunger of/for knowledge” [closed]

I am not sure which one is the correct one: A: I am hungry of knowledge. B: I hunger of knowledge. C: I am hungry for knowledge. D: I hunger for knowledge. But my feeling says that A and B ...
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“with whom” or “whom with”

I've been looking, but I have not come across this 'whom' related question anywhere. Specifically in this circumstance, I feel 'with whom' flows more naturally but I remember someone suggested that '...
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“On website” or “at website”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: This question has been asked at/on SO? Which sentence is grammatically correct? The papers are freely available at the journal website. The papers are freely available on the ...
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Are prepositions fixed for words?

Is it fixed that words will always take a specific preposition after them? I am reading a book "High school English grammar". It says for example The following nouns take preposition for after ...
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“I'm free at around 7PM” [closed]

I'm free at around 7PM. Is it correct?
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“On the weekend” or “during the weekend”

Which is correct? I will see her on the weekend. I will see her during the weekend.
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Difference between “except” and “besides”

What is the difference between except and besides? When do we use each of them?
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“With who” vs. “with whom”

Is this correct? The person with whom I'm doing the project should be here soon. If it is, is with always a dative preposition (like mit in German)?
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“Between A and B” or “from A to B”

Suppose we are talking about the numbers 1, 2, ... , 10. When we use the phrase between 1 and 10, do we include the end-points 1 and 10? Is there any difference if we say from 1 to 10 instead?
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What are the limitations on the “there + preposition” construction?

I use words such as thereof, thereupon, and thereafter relatively often, but I occasionally find myself wanting to use this construction with different prepositions. Most times it's therefor, which I ...