I am not sure what preposition I need to use in following sentence:

Standard places for labeling of administrative department stickers

It's a title so it is not put in some context. I doubt whether I should use with instead of of. But in the same time of sounds right for me (because it is a title and stickers are the subject) I need clarifying of someone who knows how it should be exactly.

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    The answer isn't quite as clear as it was made out. Depending on context, you do label stickers. If the machine is one in which you program in a price or word, you are providing a label to the sticker and then attaching the labelled sticker to something. Annoyingly, the same word applies to both things. You can label the stickers and you can label the things you are applying the stickers to with the labels. Nov 29, 2018 at 14:44

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The stickers are the labels in question, not something being labeled. So you wouldn't use of but with.

We have rules for the labeling of equipment with stickers.

In your phrase you do not identify what things are having labels placed on them. It seems to be a heading or caption. It's not a full sentence in any case.

The noun phrase "administrative department stickers" is also odd. It is not clear how either a sticker or a department can be "administrative".

  • Yes, I wrote that it is a title. That's why it is not full. And you are right it's administration department stickers.
    – Gamilato
    Nov 29, 2018 at 10:32
  • Anyway it sounds weird to me. "Places for labeling with stickers". Maybe there are no need in any preposition? Just "Places for labeling stickers"?
    – Gamilato
    Nov 29, 2018 at 11:07
  • No, do you not label stickers. The stickers are the labels. Label is a transitive verb. You "label equipment". You "label stuff". The preposition with introduces the means of adding the label. He labeled the leftovers container with a sharpie. She labeled the box with a pre-printed sticker.
    – TimR
    Nov 29, 2018 at 11:23
  • Your recurrent issue is that you seem to be aiming for a bureaucratic register when simpler language would suffice. For example: Where to place asset-tracking labels. or Asset-tracking labeling standards.
    – TimR
    Nov 29, 2018 at 11:29
  • You're right. I will make it simpler. Thank you for clarifying for me the function of the verb label!
    – Gamilato
    Nov 29, 2018 at 11:46

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