Questions tagged [prepositional-phrases]

A "preposition phrase" or "prepositional phrase" (PP) is a phrase headed by a preposition such as "at", "on", "across", or "before".

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“Noun1+Preposition+Noun2” VS. “Noun2+Noun1”

If i want to write sentences such as the following ones, 1 Some people value the beliefs in respect. 2)The president gave him an approval to the policy. 3) there is a demand for water in some poor ...
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What is the difference of 'sat on' and 'sat in'?

According to ngram "he sat in" has slightly more frequency than "he sat on", but both are used, so they must be grammatically correct. Could they be used interchangeably without different meaning? ...
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to infinitive vs happen + to infinitive difference

Is there any difference between the following sentences, respectively? “It so happens that today is my birthday.” -- Today is my birthday. “I happen to have exactly what you need.” -- I have ...
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Which one is correct 'pour out' or 'pour'?

He poured out more drink. I found this passage on the internet. Since the usage of preposition still a mystery to me, I want to ask if I remove 'out' from this sentence, is it grammatically correct? ...
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prepositions + somebody/something + being or - + done

I just don't understand when to use "being" in those situations? What is the logic being them? 1- An earlier draft of the law proposed in August 2011 sparked widespread criticism for allowing ...
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Can I use the expression “Back at” to refer to some event that took place some time ago?

Back at our summer convention all the girls were using blue dresses. Back at our graduation party all the boys got together to sang her favorite song and most of them ended up crying like ...
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Correct prepositions for “named”

What're the common prepositions which can be used after "named"? For example: The rocky island named {by, for, from, after} its large pelican colony. In this sentence which preposition is correct ...
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“For + him/her/them + was + to+infinitive” vs “ was + for him/her/them to + infinitive”

The following sentence is from a book. [1] Her dying wish was for him to hike the Ap. trail. Why didn't the author write it as: Her dying wish for him was to hike the Ap. trail. Is there any ...
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Without Peter showing me what to do

Why is the preposition "without" followed by "Peter telling me what to do"? Does the construction have the same structure as "Without air, all animals will die"? Is "Peter (who is) telling me what to ...
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Selecting vs selecting for

See in this sense refers to selecting for variants that do reproductively useful things. What does for function here in this sentence. As far as i am concerned, we can use for when the word “...
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Is it correct to say “lend to me sth”?

Dictionaries usually recognize the following: lend me some money lend some money to me So how about placing "to me" immediately after the verb?
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Grammatical function of “for you” in this sentence

The best thing would be for you to tell her. Could you please help me identify the grammatical function of "for you"?
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Prepositional phrase attachment

Category killers and niche retailers compete effectively with department stores, which typically have slower inventory turns, high operating expenses, and larger inventory losses, but are experiencing ...
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Although they said nothing, she could sense their disapproval of her suggestion

why is the preposition of disapproval in the sentence "Although they said nothing, she could sense their disapproval of her suggestion." is of? Not for instead? Also for the verb disapprove, the ...
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Comma with preposition phrases

The man, from the country, is just one of my close friends. The man from the country is just one of my close friends. I'm curious to know whether there are any subtle differences in meaning or ...
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Prepositional phrase modify

Habituation is the decline in response to a specific stimulus over time, when that stimulus is repeatedly presented to the organism. The prepositional phrase in response is adjective and modifies the ...
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Meaning of “Around In”

Can somebody explain what does the author mean by using two prepositions after travel? With the construction of new subway and bus lines, Beijing became a much more comfortable place to travel ...
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Preposition after “price”

I have heard about: What's the price of the book. What's the price for the book. Today I have seen a sentence: We aim to bring down prices on all our computers. What are the uses of "on" ...
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Coming IN \ FROM the opposite direction

Macmillan dictionary says: The car smashed into a lorry coming in the opposite direction. If I use: .... coming from the opposite direction. Is there any difference?
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relative clause including prepositional phrase

You don't want to throw out all that equity you have with your current audience. I think a relative pronoun which or that is understood to be between "equity" and "you" , but was omitted to make it ...
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“In a week” or “a week”

A book says: There are sixty minutes in an hour. There are twelve months in a year. There are seven days a week. Where is the "in" in the third example, is "a year" an adverb here? ...
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are prepositional phrases ambiguous

We talked about the boy with a gun from the countryside. PP Phrases add information to nouns or verbs, but if there is more than one noun in a clause, Does it cause ambiguity? Like the example ...
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Can a relativizer be modified by PP phrase

The level of responsibility which the client carries for the whole development process with time & materials is much higher than with fixed-price or milestone projects. It can be understood that ...
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“I took five days off FROM work” vs. “I took five days off OF work” [closed]

I took five days off from work last year. I took five days off of work last year. Which is more appropriate? Thank you.
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Is this a correct sentence, “All over the world, English is spoken?”

1. English is spoken all over the world 2. All over the world, English is spoken Are they both correct sentences? Is there any difference in meaning?
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Would you tell me if “in the driveway” functions as adjectives in the sentence “The car is in the driveway”?

From The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English grammar and usage, 320p Adjective prepositional phrases are prepositional phrases functioning as adjectives to modify nouns. For example, in the ...
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Prepositional phrase. How does it work in this case?

I've got a huge argument about the following sentence: 'Every now and then a ray of moonlight through the branches above lit a spot of silver blue blood on the fallen leaves.' It's originally from ...
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“In the east” VS “to the east”

Today I come across a sentence in my book: There are more people farther away, especially to the east. But if I say: There are more people further away, especially in the east. Do the both ...
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Agree with VS. Agree on/about

I'm looking for the right explanation of the difference between "agree on/about something" and "agree with something." My guess is that if we agree with something, we second someone's comment, ...
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“What is the opposite word for X?” Is the sentence correct?

I always use: What is the opposite of X ? But today I came across: What is the opposite word for X ? Are the both grammatical? Thank you.
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The meaning of “up” in the phrase “up in London”

He'd been to a lecture the previous night up in London. I looked it up in a dictionary. 'Up' as adverb has many meanings. Would you tell me if the meaning I chose is applied to the sentence? From ...
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“Spread across” vs “Spread through”

The disease spread through the region. The disease spread across the region. Explain the difference. Thank you.
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What is the appropriate PREPOSITION here

Keep all defective items ..... It will come in my work. It will come to my work. Which of the two or something else is suitable in this context?
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Which one (verb or object) do Prepositionsl phrases modify

He found the book on the table. If I ask Which kind of book /which one he found, the answer would be the book on the table. Here, on the table modifies the BOOK, not the verb find. But, for the same ...
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These dreadful circumstances bring out the worst in 'absolutely' everybody

These dreadful circumstances bring out the worst in absolutely everybody. Might I trouble you to tell me why absolutely is between them? Why is an adverb placed between 'in' and 'everybody'? Could ...
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Prepositional phrases and what they go with

He delivered a presentation which students are not likely to see in class. What does the PP goes with , does it go with the verb delivered or the verb in the relative clause see ? Involvement is ...
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prepositional phrase behind adjectives

They may become active in consumer movements for political reasons. There are two PPs in this sentence, but I am not sure what they modify, do both PP go with the verb become or the adjective ...
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prepositional phrases :what it describes

What happened next offered an astonishing lesson in developing an emotionally charged event. What does the PP go with, does it act as an ADJ to add extra information to the noun lesson, or does it ...
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Adjective clauses and PP phrases

Brands often have clearly defined images or ‘personalities’ created by product advertising, packaging, branding and other marketing strategies that focus on positioning a product a certain way or by ...
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Prepositional phrases vs participle phrases

After eating rice in the kitchen, I usually go to school. vs Eating rice in the kitchen, I usually go to school. In either sentence , After eating rice in the kitchen, eating rice in the kitchen, ...
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sentence structure S V ,and prepositional phrase

This is the kind of mistake which the teachers haven't been able to prevent the students from making. Which the teachers haven't been able to prevent the students from making. S= the teachers , V= ...
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Position of prepositional phrases

From a book It will be evident that poet’s function is not to report things that have happened, but rather to tell of such things as might happen , things that are possibilities by virtue of being ...
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Relative clause and prepositional phrase

He faced the same difficulty which we had at the airport in finding the direction to the gate. Firstly, I think the entire clause "which we had at the airport in finding the direction to the gate" ...
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Prepositional phrase and What it modifies

This is a sentence from Cambridge dictionary I was rather quiet as I didn't feel I had much wisdom to impart on the subject. Does "on the subject" function as an adverb to modify the verb "impart" ...
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Do I need to use preposition all time to use 'Check out'?

I was studying about Phrasal Verbs For now, everything was fine but only this thing has been kept making me be confused 😣 He just checked out of the hotel. I cannot use it without a preposition 'of' ...
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The key to my room. Vs The key of my room

To. Vs of I am looking for the key of my room. I am looking for the key to my room. I have just known that the second is right and the first is wrong. However, sometimes it is ...
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Student of Industrial Engineering or Student at Industrial Engineering? [closed]

What is the correct choice of preposition here: Student of Industrial Engineering or Student at Industrial Engineering or anything else?
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at or in the middle of the picture

Suppose I have a picture of something. Suppose further that there is a cut in the middle of the picture. So, is it correct to say: There is a cut in the middle of the picture or There is a cut ...
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Is ‘having’ a participle or gerund in the prepositional phrase?

Is ‘having’ a participle or gerund in the prepositional phrase ‘to having his own office’ He is accustomed to having his own office.
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Prepositional phrase “at him”

In this sentence: When he walked into the room, everyone stared at him. "into the room" is a prepositional phrase but is "at him" also a prepositional phrase?