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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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?
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What does “across” mean here?

... but at last the sailors on Bering's ship saw mountains a short distance across the sea. This proved that North America and Asia were two separate continents. I am wondering how does what the ...
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in elaboration of

The dictionary does not list "in elaboration of," but I'd like to know whether it is natural in the following: Peter delivered a series of lectures in elaboration of the theory. I'd appreciate ...
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What's the difference between “in itself”, “by itself” and “in and of itself”?

A. This in itself requires investigation. B. Energy by itself is useless. C. That in and of itself is interesting. What is their meaning and how to use them correctly? Subquestion: Let's ...
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Difference between “from a distance” and “from the distance”?

Consider these two phrases: "from a distance" "from the distance" Is there a difference in these two terms? When would you use which?
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“at” in “at the table”

This food falls into the category known as nabemono or nabe, traditionally made in Japanese earthenware called donabe, often on a portable burner at the table. (source) Why is the prepostion "at" ...
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“I'll never pray to a God since my butt issues”

I'll never pray to a God since my butt issues. The usage of 'since' drew my attention and puzzled me. I don't understand why it was used here and whether it was a substitute for either 'because of'...
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Is 'to get enough time ON everything' grammatically correct?

I have come across the following sentence in Activate Level A2 by Carolyn Barraclough, Elaine Boyd, Suzanne Gaynor, Megan Roderick, Mary Stephens: The only bad thing was that it was very busy so we ...
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What does the phrase 'in the enterprise' mean?

I saw it in the title of a book. My guess would be "on an enterprise level", is that correct or does it convey something more than that? Edit: I can understand what an enterprise is, but why is it ...
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Is it grammatically possible to use prepositions 'of/from' in the following sentence: 'I'm a long way off (of/from) being fluent.'?

I am not sure whether I can use prepositions 'of/from' in this kind of structures and how am I to know how to use them properly? I have looked the phrase up and the only examples they give are when it ...
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preposition choice: vary from…to… or vary between…and

I'm wondering whether "vary from ... to ..." or "vary between ... and ..." are interchangeable in the following. Both seem to describe the range within which something can vary. The value of ...
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with structure: with remote Australian mine sites often long distances from professional emergency services

With remote Australian mine sites often long distances from professional emergency services, on-site emergency response crews need to feel confident handling just about any type of crisis. I couldn't ...
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blow out / blow off / blow away

What prepositions should I use in here: I wiped with eraser what he had drawn with a pencil on paper and blew out the garbage on him. Blew out / away / off the garbage "on" / or "in" him?
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Why is “on the season” used in this sentence?

The 5-foot-8 midfielder scored a goal and notched an assist for three total points on the season. (The San Diego Union Tribune) I thought the preposition in usually collocates with season. Why is it ...
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Proving for someone that “Clothes don't present me”?

I want to defend my dress by saying that clothes (in general) don't present me, but after that, I want to support that sentence by adding one of these two: I'm a lot bigger than a piece of cloth to ...
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'get up to speed with' or 'get up to speed on'

A) We work to ensure that our technical staff are up to speed on new technologies. B) We work to ensure that our technical staff are up to speed with new technologies. C) We work to ensure ...
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Parenthetical Phrase? Preposition? Hyphens?

I had a dialogue. with someone. They sent something like: When it comes to work, I like structure and being detail-oriented. Should I call this a parenthetical phrase or preposition? I thought ...
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There is to such thing [closed]

“Talk of inspiration is sheer nonsense; there is to such thing. It is mere a matter of craftsmanship.” — William Morris I don't understand the quote, particularly the part I highlighted. I am ...
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what preposition is particularly followed by ‘communicate’ in terms of conveying message to the reader?

I find the verb ‘communicate’ a bit confusing when it comes to use preposition. Can I use ‘with’ when accompanying by someone/something? For example: Poets communicate with poetic devices. Writers ...
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Why has “to” been omitted in “We walk home everyday”?

I'm studying an English book instruction (Elementary 2). In a grammar part I've a sentence like this: We walk home everyday. but my knowledge says it's wrong and it has omitted "to" before "...
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after retired or after retiring or after retirement?

I am preparing a speech about the life after retire. But not sure which one is correct below. After retire, I want to be a happy person. After retirement, I want to be a happy person. ...
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Usage of “in” or 'on' with ''deal'

I came across the following two sentences, but I can't find out the reason or different meaning in two sentence for using on and in before the deal. Could I switch them around? There is talk that ...
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“With Maria we/I solved the problems”

Assume the following: There were problems and Maria and I solved them together. The most straight forward way of telling someone about what happened would be something like: Maria and I solved the ...
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These terms are important for me to work here happily

Can I use infinitive clauses in that way? 1-) These terms are important for me to work here happily. 2-) These terms are important to work here happily.(If it is obvious that I am talking ...
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Do we have to use adjective complements just after adjectives?

Examples: I had already been very sorry but with your behaviour, I was extremely disappointed. (Instead of "but I was extremely disappointed with your behaviour") I was good at software ...
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After whom are you looking? At what are you looking?

The Cambridge dictionary says: "Prepositional verbs have two parts: a verb and a preposition which cannot be separated from each other." If they cannot be separated, does it mean that we can't ...
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I prevented you from going there

I prevented you from going there. What is the function of "from going there" ? I think that it is an adverbial prepositional phrase because I have studied object complements and learned that ...
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Which should be used: 'swap over' or 'swap with'?

Which of the following should be used: Swap big portions of food over smaller ones. Or Swap big portions of food with smaller ones. Thank you.
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“for a walk to the seashore” or “to the seashore for a walk”

Which of the following sentences is grammatically correct? Are both grammatically correct? I sometimes go out for a walk to the seashore. I sometimes go out to the seashore for a walk.
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The complements of linking verbs

We know that the complements of action verbs can be neither an adjective nor a prepositional phrase, but, it seems that that situation changes for linking verbs. He was upstairs. "Upstairs" ...
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Prepositional phrase after the verb “was"

What is the role of the prepositional phrase with his friend in the sentence below: He was with his friend when I saw him today. Does it function as an adverbial or complement?
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How scared are you of snakes?

Do you think that it is grammatically correct to ask questions by leaving adjective complements alone? How happy are you about the exam results? How disappointed were you with my last ...
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Difference between in/on a social network

What's the difference between in/on a social network? For example, "If two individuals are friends in/on a social network, they ...".
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This bed has not been slept in … ? “for a long time by anybody” vs “by anybody for a long time”

This bed has not been slept in for a long time by anybody. This bed has not been slept in by anybody for a long time. Which is grammatically correct? Or, is there a difference between the two ...
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“What should we do IN / FOR the rest of the day?” – can I omit the preposition entirely?

A very short question: is the following sentence correct? What should we do (...) the rest of the day? Could the sentence do without a preposition (in, for), or is one needed?
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Emphasize vs emphasize on [closed]

Are these sentences correct? Some schools emphasize physical education. Some schools emphasize on physical education. Some schools lay emphasis on physical education. Thanks.
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prepositional pattern with choice of prepositions (“to” vs. “for”)

Now I am learning about prepositional patterns, but I have questions about when to use proper prepositions. Here's question sentences I gave a book to John. I gave a book for John. He brought a ...
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Is a preposition missing/misplaced in this sentence from an NYT article?

I have read this sentence below several times, but can't be sure if the last clause is grammatical. Our reactions to these foods are often instructive about our own prejudices on how to eat and are ...
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I am following up as to

I spoke with an attorney on the phone yesterday and he said he would get back to me with regards a quote for the service I was requesting. I am writing a follow-up email to him today to see if he has ...
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Is this Sentence Correct? “I am accusing him because of the mistake”

I was interested in English since when I have started to understand English. Now when I'm learning "Prepositions", I've figured out that:- i) We have to use Accuse of as you can see in this ...
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Turn into, Change to or Become

Is this a correct statement? As the parameter increases, the distribution turns from right-skewed into left-skewed. Or should I use As the parameter increases, the distribution changes from ...
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Question on active and passive voice

WE can correct the below sentence by adding "was" before assigned verb A new textbook focused on recent advances in artificial intelligence assigned by our instructor. But why do we want to ...
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“Membership **to** physics-related entities”?

This is a question that cropped-up while John Doe was preparing the English version of his CV. He wanted to include a section wherein he was to list some of the physics societies to which he belongs. ...
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The use of preposition with time

Going off of this question: "This semester" or "In this semester"? Having read through the question, its answers, and the discussion in comments, I would like to get to the ...
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Is there a difference in meaning between these sentences using preposition “of”?

First sentence: Protection of privacy and personal information on the internet and social media Second sentence: Privacy and personal information protection on the internet and social media If ...

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