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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Questions about present perfect continuous and 'let' [closed]

I am working in this company from the beginning. vs. I have been working in this company since the beginning. Which one is correct? He let her daughter listen the music. Is anything ...
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'to be concerned to'

ODO: 1.4. be concerned ... to do something = Regard it as important to do something: OED: III. Passive, to be concerned. This occurs in some senses which are non-existent or obsolete in the ...
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how to use “click” for the “lines” of a text box [closed]

In the following sentence I have some problem using prepositions related to click, empty. Please click an empty line in the textbox From the sentence above I want to say the user to (click/click ...
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Preposition repeated twice [closed]

For your perusal and evaluation, I have enclosed my curriculum vitae for further information. My main problem with this sentence is the double usage of the word for. My idea was to replace it with ...
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Which is the correct option: “a jungle covered in snow” or “a jungle covered with snow”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Covered with” vs “covered in” vs “covered by” Which is the correct option: "a jungle covered in snow" or "a jungle covered with snow"? If both are possible what is the ...
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“Win the lottery”, “win a lottery”, “win lottery” [closed]

Should it be win the lottery or win a lottery or just win lottery? The sentences below sound the same to me. Are they? I lost $5000 to lottery. I lost $5000 for lottery.
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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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I have never heard (about/of) anyone doing that?

As the title suggests: I have never heard (about/of) anyone doing that? Which is correct: of or about?
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Rewrite Sentences Ending with a preposition

How can I rewrite this to where it doesn't end with a preposition? Background to the first example: We developers try to figure out what platforms websites use. Examples of platforms are Joomla, ...
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To interact to/with each other [closed]

I want to describe how objects interact [to or with] each other. Which preposition should I use here to show how these objects interact?
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What's the correct adverb to go with “renovated”? [closed]

I've come across the following on billboards: "Newly renovated suites..." It's apparent that the intended meaning here is "recently" and so I believe that "newly" may not be appropriate to go with "...
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About usage of prepositions

I've recently seen this sentence in an article: Robert is an authority on English literature. Could you explain why there is used preposition "on" with a noun "authority", but with adjective "good" ...
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preposition problem! [closed]

i) Everyday drivers die ___ road accidents. ii) The majority of road accidents are caused ___ human error. iii) There occurs a lot of road accidents ___ Indian roads. Please help me out by ...
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Position of “to” in a sentence

Which of the following is grammatically correct and why? I got less time to focus per course. I got less time per course to focus on. Edit: I want to convey the idea that because I took a ...
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Outside my control or outside “of” my control [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: “Outside” or “outside of”? Do we need "of" preposition in this expression? The defeat was certainly less glorious and vastly outside my control. ...
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Ground or infinitive in present perfect continuous tense 📌I have been starting saving nature . 📌I have been starting to save nature. I don't know which one is correct.
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what is correct?

The people eat food on the table. or The people eat the food that's on the table. or The people eat food at the table. The first sentence tells me people sit on the table to eat food. The ...
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There are disagreements between/among…? [duplicate]

There are disagreements between/among them(more than two people). Should I use between or among in the sentence?
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correct use of prepositions [duplicate]

Which of the following sentences has correct use of prepositions? (A) I was angry at my results so I spoke with the teacher. (B) I was angry with my results so I spoke to the teacher. here results ...
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What is the differance? [closed]

I just fell it is hard to know what it should be (From or Since) e.g: I am not suprised that you didnot eat anything (from-since)the morning.
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Is the grammar correct? “… liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation” [closed]

"... liaise with other departments on processes and for documentation" Is "on" the correct preposition? Are the words "processes" and "documentation" parallel? Is it correct to conjunct them in a ...
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Which preposition for “Are you new to/at/in school?”

I want to ask this question, but I'm not sure which preposition to use: Are you new to/at/in school? If a student asks this question to a new teacher, which preposition sound better?
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“Thanks for VERB + ing” vs. “Thanks to VERB”: which is correct? [closed]

Should I use Thanks for being here or Thanks to be here? I have read that the first one is correct. However, I am not sure about these usages. Please tell me which one is correct and why it is ...
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In both years |OR| From both years? [closed]

Years: 2003 and 2033 (In both years/From both years) North and South America had the highest number of people living in urban areas. /// Please provide an explanation of your answer.
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using a preposition after verbs such as “enter” and “control”

consider the two sentence below: "Elizabeth Taylor entered the room" and "she entered into the room". here is another pair: "the rebels control the city" and "they control over the city". my ...
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Does a contraction allow for the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence?

Does a contraction allow for the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence? Take the following sentence, for example: Where is it at (not correct grammar) and Where's it at? (unknown) You ...
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How else should I avoid using “under” at the end of the sentence [closed]

Although it's acceptable to use prepositions at the end of the sentence, it's not favorable to grammarians or grammar teachers. How else could I rephrase the question: Which license are airplan ...
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“Time of” something, “time for” something, or something else?

I'd like to make a sentence like this: The time for the exam will run out soon, I have to speed up my problem solving. By the way, how to express "speed up my problem solving" in a more idiomatic ...
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Fire (at, on, in, to) target

How to correctly choose the preposition in "fire (at, on, in, to) target"?
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“Mr. Dill works ________ a big library” [closed]

I'd appreciate a clarification on when it would be best to complete this sentence with "at" and when with "in".
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Can I use the word “not” after a preposition?

Can I write something like: among people from that country and among people from not I know it can be easily rewritten as: among people that are from the country and among people that are not ...
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The meaning of Down by [closed]

If I say "down by 40" pounds does it mean I lost 40 pounds or that all what is left is 40 pounds
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Girl in / on / at / with a Mercedes (when talking about driving, possession and demonstration) [duplicate]

A girl is driving a Mercedes. Or maybe she is just sitting on a driver's seat. She owns this car, or maybe the car is her mother's and she is just flossing. If I refer to her as "a girl in a Mercedes"...
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How do I say this in English? [closed]

What is the correct way to say this: you got your dress on backwards OR you got your dress backwards on Thanks in advance!
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Which preposition is best suited, 'IN' or 'OF' [closed]

Which one is more accurate? I will be the lighthouse of your ocean. OR I will be the lighthouse in your ocean.
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Grammatical rules of prepositions [closed]

I read a document regarding to prepositions in English grammar and at the very beginning of this document, it mentions, only way to know the verb "dispose" is followed by the preposition "of" is ...
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Use of preposition with 'adopted' in a sentence

Can this machine be adopted______farm work? Options were: a)in b)into c)for d)by Please provide the correct answer with proper explanation.
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preposition modifying compound object

"The ethical standard is to abstain from sexual intimacies with colleagues or with staff for whom you have supervisory, evaluative, or instructional responsibility." Does the above sentence mean ...
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“Popular to” someone or “popular with” someone?

The teacher is popular to his student The teacher is popular with his student Which one is correct & why?
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Difference b/w IN and INTO [duplicate]

As he was feeling very thirsty /after a long journey,/he went into a bar/ and ordered a cool drink. What is difference b/w in bar and into bar .
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“to become as an instructor” OR “to become an instructor”? [closed]

When she was 14 years old, she even earned a black belt in karate. Also, she got a special training, exclusive for disabled people to become as an instructor." Should I rewrite the same sentence like ...
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what does “rotate within the plane of the surface” mean?

A rotates within the plane of the surface of the support. what does it mean? and one more question. "A and B move with respect to each other" in this sentence, A and B both move ? or when A moves B ...
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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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1 to 5 / by 1 to 5 / from 1 to 5 / 1 untill 5…?

What prepositions should I use when I want to say about a range of numbers? Example of use in a scene where each garden or car was numbered: There are beautiful flowers in the garden #3 to the ...
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What's the difference [closed]

What's the difference between, 'Do you have the same thing in other colors?' and 'Do you have the same thing with other patterns?' pleaasseee help me..
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ending a sentence with a preposition [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it appropriate to end a sentence in a preposition? "a soul can sense when it’s being talked to." Does this sound OK? I don't like ending with a preposition, but it ...
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prepositions in or on [duplicate]

I am confused with preposition. I have experiences in the field of children and young people or I have experiences on the field of children and young people? which is correct?
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It is childish to complain against rules [closed]

It is childish to complain against rules. Correct it where necessary? Find the error.
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Using prepositions with time

Which is the correct preposition? at evening on evening in the evening Is this correct, and if so, which one: He mailed me (on evening / in the evening / at evening). How are prepositions used ...