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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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How to use the word “smear” between two people?

I have two people (e.g: Sally and James). I want to damage the reputation of Sally in front of James, but I don't want to use "in front of" if it means that literally. "Smear" is the word that I have ...
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At or in my home

I have a question about the preposition usage with home. Saying: I have a same style furnishing in (or at) my home In this case, in seems to me too specific to describe its placement, but I ...
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In or on connected with contract meal booking

I am in a plight of choosing preposition between in and on. I have several instances as follows: Will free texts be included in/on the phone contract (plan)? What am I going to get in/on this meal? ...
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What is the meaning of “below” in here?

As far as I know, below something is like saying that one thing is physically under something else because it’s beneath it. But I’ve come across what looks like a different usage of the preposition ...
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Through Verb+ing

contribute to health care in an effective way through 'the delivery' of accurate diagnosis as well as 'increasing' our understanding of diseases. Is this form acceptable? I know that you can write ...
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Does adding a “while” change the meaning

There is plenty of work to be had catering for weddings and parties. I think it is same as There is plenty of work to be had while catering for weddings and parties. Am I right?
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“Ends in” or “ends with” a phone call

I was writing a question on Security.SE and couldn't figure out which pronoun was actually correct in the sentence: This [process] always ends with/in a phone call. The intended meaning is that ...
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“A deep bronzing effect to her skin”

Why is the preposition to used here in this sentence? Does it go with effect or skin? I thought it's more common to say "effect on something" and "on the skin." The controversial image, taken by ...
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Advance in or advance to

What is the preposition for this: In life, you have to secure the basics first, before you advance in/to another stage. Can you use them interchangeably? While googling, some entries have advance ...
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Is “spaced by 1 meter” correct English?

Suppose that the distance between A and B is 1m, is it correct and natural to say A and B are spaced by 1 meter
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Why “ON the New Haven Green”, not “IN the New Haven Green”?

First responders found about 46 people who appeared to have overdosed on the New Haven Green on Wednesday, with 25 of those overdoses occurring within a three-hour span in the morning and some four to ...
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'for' or 'in' before a period of time: For the past two decades VS In the past two decades

For the past two decades, I have been truly impressed by the remarkable entrepreneurial spirit. In the past two decades, I have been truly impressed by the remarkable entrepreneurial spirit. Which is ...
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by/through/with [on hold]

I found these facts by Google I found these facts through Google I found these facts with Google which one or two of the above sentences sounds natural or correct?
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What's a wind is blowing In the direction North meaning?

What's the different between "wind blowing IN" and "wind blowing FROM"?
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Till and up to difference

What is the difference between these two sentences? I will stay in Singapore from Monday till Thursday. I will stay in Singapore form Monday up to Thursday. Thank you.
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On the border/ in the border

The petition said an “extraordinary circumstance” was prevailing over armed forces personnel fighting in the insurgency-hit areas and the nation’s borders. The Hindu: 300 Army officers move SC ...
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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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Which of these two sentences is correct? [on hold]

Which of the following sentences is correct? I have a tremendous amount of respect in you. I have a tremendous amount of respect for you.
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Which preposition should I put before a season?

over the autumn in the autumn during the autumn Example: Over/In/During the autumn, the company embarked on the next stage of its efforts to boost efficiency, which are aimed at better equipping the ...
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Preposition 'about' before number

Can the preposition 'about' be used before numbers like one or two? Example: 1) It employs about one contractual workers in the business. Can the preposition 'about' be used before a range of ...
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Preposition for conversion to another unit

Which preposition should be used when I want to say a value in a different measure unit? For example, what is a correct preposition in the following sentence? Twelve miles? I have no idea how far ...
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Preposions following Ph.d: 'Ph.d in' or 'Ph.d on'

I'm confused using a preposition after the word PhD. Say, PhD on Archaeology PhD in Archaeology I have seen both "in" and "on" follwoing PhD Is there any difference?
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Correct preposition [duplicate]

What is the appropriate preposition before a subject? Which one of the following sentences is correct? I am a postgraduate student of University of Reading in Applied Mathematics discipline. or ...
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depending {upon/on} if

What is the correct use of "depending" in this sentence? Please note you are allotted one ½ hour of commuting time either to or from a meeting location depending if your meeting is in the morning ...
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Why prep 'on' used in the phrase “being held on an additional $50,000 bond”?

Stine was arrested and booked with four misdemeanors including resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. He was also charged with felony robbery for the incident and is being held on ...
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Can I say ‘I am not clear with you.’when I don’t understand? [duplicate]

Is the sentence correct? 1I am not clear with you . Or how it should be?
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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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'living in an era of untold opportunites' or'living in an era with untold opportunities'

A) we are living in an era of untold opportunities B)we are living in an era with untold opportunities Which one sould natural?
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Choose 'in the dim light' or 'under the dim light'

A: He smoked elegantly in the dim light; B: He smoked elegantly under the dim light. Between A and B, which one is proper?
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Can I can say ‘ I am not clear with with you.’

This is the case of preposition. Please let me know which preposition is correct to use ? 1)I am not clear with you. 2)I am not clear with what he said.(Is the use of with correct)
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“The starting lineup to the Lakers”

I was watching the show The American Bible Challenge, and heard Jeff Foxworthy say: They have written all the books of the Old Testament, all the books of the New Testament, the Ten Commandments, ...
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In/for a scientific paper

Which of in/for should be used in a context like this: A document may be published by more than one publisher. For example, in/for a scientific paper, each of the authors can be considered a ...
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Amused to, by, with: Which one?

How should I use "amuse" with prepositions in phrases? Is following examples correct? Amused by something: Being entertained by something Amused with something: Being entertained with something This ...
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Should I use during at the time of the accident

Should it be The weather was fine during (or at) the time of the accident.
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Should I use in or at the corner?

Which is correct ~ lying in or at the corner was the huge lion. Is there any different in meaning.
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Ask someone 'about' something or ask someone 'for' something?

When A wants to know the telephone number of B, do we say: A wants to ask B about B's cellphone number or: A wants to ask B for B's cellphone number.
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I'm all in to <verb> vs. I'm all in ~ing

I know there is an idiom 'be in' to describe someone is totally immersed in something, but I've never seen the usage where that 'something' is described along with the idiom 'be in'. For example, is ...
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Register to/register for or register from?

Let's say there are multiple test centers to choose from, but one is different from the rest because it has freebies to offer only to registered clients. Assuming a friend has just given you that tip, ...
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Difference between “both ways” and “in both ways”

What is the difference between the two sentences given below? You cannot have it both ways. You cannot have it in both ways.
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save the effort in/to/into

In an increasingly mobile society, people only stay in one place for a relatively short period of time. As a result, they often save the effort IN/TO/INTO building meaningful relationship with ...
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Repeating of a preposition in a subclause

I have found this sentence in an article in NYT: Our visibility into the inner workings of public companies isn’t great, but we know far more about them than we do private companies, which aren’t ...
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What does besides mean?

besides has two definitions in the dictionary one is apart from (except) and second is in addition to I was wondering aren't these two antonyms??
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Please explain “may be OF great help to”

In this sentence: A market research and feasibility studies may be OF great help to succeed in business. When do you exactly use this ''of'' in sentences? Sometimes I just include them in my ...
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One caveat: know when the passengers must be back on board the plane

I encountered this sentence when I looked for meaning of caveat in Cambridge dictionary: One caveat: know when the passengers must be back on board the plane. I interpret its meaning as: There is ...
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Is the word despite always used to show contrast?

I dont think so What about this sentence? Despite being a king you should not misuse your power Here there is no contrast or irony the meaning is clear and straightforward am I wrong? but the ...
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What to use here? Besides or Despite?

When I corrected my friend's grammar in a comment he said Thanks for correcting me. I guess I need some grammar lessons despite studying for CPA. I think he was supposed to say besides, not ...
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Which preposition is correct and why? To or For?

Which one of the following sentence is correct and why? This letter is very important to your admission. This letter is very important for your admission.
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His path was beset with/by difficulties - which is correct?

His path was beset _____ difficulties. A) by B) with I am confused between the two, some sites suggest "with" while some suggest "by". Can anyone explain when to use which?
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Five months ago he was acquitted on a shop lifting charges

Usually acquit of something is used. Is it wrong if I say Five months ago he was acquitted on a shop lifting charges. and what is different in Five months ago he was acquitted of a shop ...
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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 "...