The holes will be made in/to/at a diameter of 5 cm.

I couldn’t decide which preposition is correct in the sentence above. What I want to say is diameter of hole will be 5 cm. Is it correct to make sentence in this way. If it is correct which preposition should I use?


The way you built the sentence, it sounds like you either are Nostradamus, or you have a crystal ball.

If the sentence is supposed to be a requirement, then it should be:

The holes must have a diameter of 5 cm.

or even better:

The holes must have a 5 cm diameter.

Otherwise, you might say:

The holes will be made / drilled with a diameter of 5 cm.

  • I got it . Would it be ok if i say “ The holes MUST be made in/to/at a diameter of 5 cm. – language learner Oct 24 '19 at 7:03
  • Your choice uses too many words. Also, a hole in the ground is made (or rather, dug). A hole in a piece of wood / metal / ... is drilled. Also, I would still use the preposition "with". – virolino Oct 24 '19 at 7:10
  • Thanks a lot. But i still couldn’t understand difference between “in” and “with” in this sentence. – language learner Oct 24 '19 at 9:19
  • "in" implies inside, but a diameter has nothing "in". On the other hand, a circle has a "diameter". And the verb "has" suggests the use of "with". – virolino Oct 24 '19 at 9:25
  • I see no problem with "The holes will be made to a diameter of 5cm." It's just talking in a future imperative tense. – Corsaka Jan 31 '20 at 14:38

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