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Questions tagged [prepositions]

A preposition is a word governing, and usually preceding, a noun or pronoun and expressing a relation to another word or element in the clause.

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“war on” or “war against” and “ ”war for"

we have waged a war against smog. we have waged a war on smog. If I want to figuratively convey the message we have started to tackle air pollution, smog in particular, which preposition should ...
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“outlook” VS “prospects”

Some people are concerned about the outlook of China-US relations. Some people are concerned about the prospects of China-US relations. In my dictionary avaliable in Chinese, outlook and ...
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“in the next” is correct sometimes?

Today I thought of the possibility of an existence of a correct sentence that has the following words "in the next", because it seems to me now not logic to have such sentence since it has a needless ...
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“painful on the eyes” or “painful to the eyes”

The Goblet of Fire now shone more brightly than anything in the whole Hall, the sparkling bright, bluey-whiteness of the flames almost painful on the eyes. I feel "painful to the eyes" might be ...
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How to remind a colleague about myself? Business phrases

I will delete my question later. How to remind a colleague about myself? Which option is correct? I just want to make sure you don't forget about (or on?) my request to send a photo. I would ...
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Word choice between before and until

You cannot harm me before you have strong evidence. You cannot harm me until you have strong evidence. I think 1. is more natural than 2. Am I right? Maybe 2. isn't correct at all. Is it so?
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“By a month” Vs. “in a month”

What's the difference between these two sentence? He's sure that he'll speak French fluently in a month. Vs. He's sure that he'll speak French fluently by a month.
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Furious with vs at

I was furious at her. Vs I was furious with her. Also I am angry at him. Vs I am angry with him. What’s the difference?
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A fern is unlike a flowering plant ___(in/on/at/with) that it does not have flowers to produce seeds [on hold]

The question is in the title. Which option should I choose for this question and why?
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over/during - interchangeability and difference

I'm considering going to France over the christmas holidays. I'm considering going to France during the christmas holidays. Or I went to my friend's place over the weekend. I went to my friend's ...
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The usage of “on” and “in”

I am trying to write a sentence, but I am not sure should I put "in" or "on". Or is it fine to put either one of them? James spends his family fortune on his opulent lifestyle. James spends ...
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“Why are we going on/ in this side” Vs. “Why are we going by this side”?

Imagine a couple going on the left sidewalk but this side isn't comfortable as the second side is, and then the girl asks the guy beside her "Why are we going ___ this side"? What preposition would be ...
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What is the difference between 'build' and build up'?

Is there any difference between 'built up' and 'built' in the following sentences? Does the preposition 'up' add special meaning to the verb 'built' in the first sentence? Thanks in advance.
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When to use “from” or “by”

Which is the correct usage here? Shaken by the experience, Tom decided to go home. or Shaken from the experience, Tom decided to go home. What rule do we use to know which preposition to use?
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Why is 'on' used in these expressions?

Be strong on I'm not too strong on organic chemistry, so I'm going to get a tutor this semester. Be low on We are running low on rice. Be long on He was short on patience, but long on a ...
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apply to or for, and apply to for

In the Oxford Learner's Dictionary's meaning 1, what is the difference between apply to and apply for, and what is the meaning of (for something) after apply to somebody/something? What element of ...
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I was admitted in Mathematics

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I was admitted in Mathematics. I am confused about the preposition.
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difference between “any influence over sb” and “any influence on sb”

I wonder if I can replace over with on in the sentence below and if the meaning remains the same. If there is any difference, I would like to ask for the explanation of it. Her parents no longer ...
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Why sometimes there is uses with multiple cases? [closed]

Sometimes i am hearing use of is in multiple cases instead of are, why is that ?
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walk by/walk along- differences and interchangeability

Since walk along is used to express horizontal movement on some surface, and at the same time it could mean movement next to something- how is it "walking/running along" different from "walking/...
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What is the preposition right here? He reached ___ his house at night

I am not sure what preposion i should put here. I am thinking of maybe at/to but i am not sure.
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Why is it “sat on my stomach” not “sat in my stomach”?

repeat 3. (of food) be tasted intermittently for some time after being swallowed as a result of belching or indigestion. "it sat rather uncomfortably on my stomach and repeated on me for hours" (...
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It doesn't on/for/to me(preposition)

Let's say there is a method/way that doesn't work in your case. Like this: spur-of-the-moment decisions do not work for me. Or spur-of-the-moment decisions do not work to me. Or spur-of-the-...
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Colby grew up “on” a cattle ranch in Texas [duplicate]

looking at English magazine, I found a example. Colby grew up "on" a cattle ranch in Texas. why not "in"? ranch is a place, isn't it?
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A day/Month vs In a day/ month

How many times do you brush a day? Vs How many times do you brush in a day? And How much do you earn a month? Vs How much do you earn in a month?
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“For such requests/questions” or “In such requests/questions”?

In/for such requests, you should make the details clear. It gave me a pause to choose between the two prepositions. Which one should be used? Does it have to do with the noun in the phrase? What ...
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appropriate preposition with 'influence'

The influence of three oxidizing systems on/over the reduction of concentration of water solutions of formaldehyde has been studies. What should be appropriate use of preposition in this case and ...
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Can we convert the structure “Noun 1 + Preposition + Noun 2” into “Noun 1 is / are Preposition + Noun 2”?

Ok, see the definition of investment [uncountable] the act of investing money in something to encourage foreign investment investment income investment in something This country ...
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What's the difference between “of ~” and “for ~” in this sentence?

Prepositions are still very difficult for me. Is there any difference between the two in meaning? Prices for gasoline have been fluctuating all month. Prices of gasoline have been fluctuating ...
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Do I need any preposition in front of “the second time”?

I am wondering if I need any preposition in front of "the second time" when I say "do something for/in/at/on the second time" for example,"I hope you get it ... the second time."
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What is meaning of “in…day(s), month(s), year(s) and etc?

What is meaning of “in...day(s), month(s), year(s) and etc? If I make these sentences below, what would be the meaning of them. -In 100 years, people will travel to the Mars easily. -In 10 ...
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“invisible to” VS “invisible for”

Nomination courses will be visible only for the enrolled participants. Nomination courses will be visible only to the enrolled participants. When I want to suggest that nomination courses will ...
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Prepostion after “on time” [duplicate]

What preposition is best in this sentence? I would rather you arrived on time to school. I would rather you arrived on time for school.
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“To take something from…” Vs. “To take something away from…” Vs. To take something off someone"

I've heard these forms for the same purposes, and I'm not sure what's more natural since most of these speakers are not really native English speakers. Which of these are correct? Friend: Do you ...
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Curious about what would happen or curious what would happen?

I know that I am curious what would happen is a perfectly valid usage. What I don't understand is why there is no preposition to connect "curious" and "what would happen", which is acting like a ...
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“On some days” vs “Some days”

On some days she is pretty lethargic; otherwise, she is super energetic. Vs Some days she is pretty lethargic; otherwise, she is super energetic. Is preposition on necessary?
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“Translate me” or “Translate for me”?

Which of these prepositions sound more natural in the following context? Translate to me this word to/ into English, please. or Translate for me this word to/ into English, please.?
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“Off” VS. “Off something”

1) Spend a hundred dollars and get 10% off 2) Approximately, on Black Friday you get 25% off any item you buy. As I know, that most prepositions have dual functions: as a preposition if it is ...
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Why is it “gains to trade” instead of “gains in trade” or “gains of trade”?

Standard economic theory (i.e., the Heckscher-Ohlin model) provides the sharp prediction that with perfect factor mobility, gains to trade flow to the abundant factors, such as unskilled labor in ...
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“Awaits for you” or “awaits you”?

Is it wrong to say: Happiness awaits for you? Is it totally wrong to put ‘for’ after awaits ?
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What is the right preposition in the sentence?

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 ...
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Material mapping “to” or “onto” the models

To write a title for a section of a manuscript that is about mapping material properties to the models described in the former section of the manuscript, which of the titles below is correct ...
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Why is “on” used instead of “in” in this sentence?

Prepositions are still very difficult for me. Why is "on" used instead of "in" in this sentence? This library has the definitive collection of books on ancient Egypt. I have no idea. Why is that? ...
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Prepositions of Place: “next to” or “behind”?

I'm a non-native teacher of English and I work with adults. On Monday we studied prepositions of place and when my students were working with the picture one of them asked if we should say "The ...
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Wait for tomorrow / wait until tomorrow

What is the difference between: You can better wait for tomorrow. You can better wait until tomorrow. Context examples: "It is cloudy today. You wanted to go to the beach, but you can better wait ...
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Is “in spending quality time” correct in this sentence?

I am in the process of translating my mission statement for my company to English, and I am in doubt: Is the following statement grammatically correct: "My vision is to bring the family together, ...
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The use of “in” or “on” in context

Tell me please which preposition is correct to use in the following sentence. We are going to work the shoulders in/on the next workout. I am leaning towards in, but not 100℅ sure if it is correct,...
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Why say “buy shares in a company” but not “buy shares from / of a company”?

In the dictionary: share /ʃeəʃer/ noun 1[countable] one of the parts into which ownership of a company is divided Friendly companies and banks hold (=own) 56% of all shares in Germany’s ...
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Position of more than one prepositions in sentence

I am a bit confused that how to place the preposition "for". I took some apples for you from India. I took some apples from India for you. The placement of "for you" is correct in which ...
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bespeak of my heart / bespeak my heart

I am creating a joke card for my niece and her film director husband. The content says: "Ah, my Darling, my Drama, bespeaketh my deepest heart this day." "Oh, Truest, I shall, I shall. So,...