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Can "due" meaning "owed" be used without "to" in AmE? e.g. "the recognition which was due her"

As a native speaker of AmE, I find that the recognition due her sounds fairly standard to me (leaving aside the spoken similarity with do her). The alternative ...due to her does seem clearer, and it'...
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Can "due" meaning "owed" be used without "to" in AmE? e.g. "the recognition which was due her"

I am also British, but to me the original phrase sounds correct and has a different meaning to what you are trying to correct it to. "...tries to salvage the dignity due the situation" ...
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throwing roses in the museum gallery to slack-jawed guests

"To" can be used by an observer who views the thrower sympathetically, and "at" by someone less supportive.
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How do I know what to use "in society" or "on society"?

On would mean that an outside force would have an impact on the entire society. In would mean that a force inside society would have some impact within the boundaries of said society, and not ...
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Is the "of" in "a lot of" a preposition?

Yes, of is a preposition, wherever it appears. It can't be anything else. However, it appears in a lot of idioms. As such, it has essentially no meaning; of -- or a ghost of of, like the -a in kinda --...
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Usage of the phrase "to which" in this mathematical explanation

This is a case where mathematics is assisted by precise English usage. I will tease it apart and try to illustrate with a specific example. A is a set of elements. B is a second set of elements. f  is ...
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"Lecture notes in" or "Lecture notes on"

Ngrams shows both in use with comparable frequency
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How do I know what to use "in society" or "on society"?

As a native British English speaker, I believe "on society" feels better than "in society". "Society" is the thing being directly affected here, by a commercial / ...
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