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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“Stole data for employees” vs “stole data of employees”

Thief Stole Payroll Data for Thousands of Facebook Employees [link] Why use "data for" instead of "data of" ? Isn't that "for" means "data given to" and "of" means "data belong to" ?
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Why should I say, for example, 'the city of New York' instead of just 'the city New York'?

Can I say, another example, 'the city London', without 'the', if I refer to the settlement itself, not "the city" within it (that financial district of London with skyscrapers and stuff)? I see no ...
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Please identify the incorrectly used preposition [closed]

Please identify the incorrectly used preposition in the sentence. Across my room, all the books were lying scattered beside the floor.
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100 mg (of?) caffeine

I'm aware that it is common to write: 8 oz of an energy drink can contain 100 mg of caffeine. I'm also aware that "of" is often omitted in short texts, like in charts. Anyway, is it plain wrong ...
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Can “across” be used instead of “astride”?

The lake is located across the border between the two cities. The lake is located astride the border between the two cities. I am trying to describe a certain lake that has a portion in one city ...
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Query about preposition of ' to' below sentences

In the sentences below. 1) The road runs paralle to the river. 2) The road and the canal run parallel to each other. There seems to be similar in using the prepositon of 'to' above sentences. ...
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Correctness and difference between “On” or “For”

For example, someone asks someone about something that was done wrong and someone answers that all the questions are not for him, since he does not know this and it was a fault of the answerer. Is ...
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Question about the preposition 'to'

In the sentence below: The photos may cause offence to some people. The preposition 'to' is confusing. I think there are three possible meaning of 'to'. In the direction of sth To show the person ...
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“Under these circumstances” or “In these circumstances”? How prepositions work for abstract concepts?

I kinda know how to use propositions for space/time, but how do I choose correct prepositions for abstract concepts? It makes much sense to say "In these circumstances" for me? Is it correct? Also ...
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What is the meaning of by in this sentence?

The green faction in city council meetings can then be expected to play its green role by the other actors.
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Does “to swim across” mean I reached the other side?

If you swim across a lake or a river does it mean you reach the other side, or is it possible to swim across without reaching the other side, as in: "I was swimming across the lake, when I got a cramp ...
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Accommodate vs accommodate for

I think I have read "accommodate for" in many places (and it actually has millions of hits on Google), but I am having trouble finding if it really is a correct or recommended expression or not. ...
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Question about preposition of 'in'

I'll show you two sentences concerning the preposition of 'in'. 1) I'm interested in traveling. In this sentence, there seems to be two possible definitioins to me. First, taking part in something....
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Meaning of the “on”

What does it mean "on"? I’ve never ever posted on here, but thought maybe today I would.
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He is smart as/for/to be a country person

“He is smart as/for/to be a country person”, which preposition should I use to express the impression that - he’s a countryman but smart?
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Do I have to use 'due to the fact' or 'by the fact'

Could someone please tell me whether I have to use 'due to' or 'by' in the following phrase? This tone is mainly created due to/by the fact that the video contains real footage of wars and attacks ...
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Indirect objects in relative clauses - where to put the preposition?

I've found this example for point here: Carol looked to see what her finger was pointing at. Can we rephrase the sentence as shown below? Carol looked to see at what her finger was pointing. ...
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Is “I'm on Heathrow airport” correct?

Is "I'm on Heathrow airport" correct? I mean is it correct to use the preposition "on" here? With "I'm on Heathrow airport" I meant being inside the main building/terminal, I know the usual ...
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How to understand “waving it in the bloke from the Ministry's face”

"The ring, the ring that became the Horcurx, Marvolo Gaunt said it had the Peverell coat of arms on it! I saw him waving it in the bloke from the Ministry's face, he nearly shoved it up his nose!" ...
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Correct preposition in sentences below

Is there any preposition I can use instead of same as or like in sentences below? I mean Can I say ; 1) I wish to buy a car of/from yours. Or should I say ; 2) I wish to buy a car of the same ...
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Get out of or from a place

And many of you asking me about how to think positively, how to focus on the good stuff and how to get out (of or from?) that “place” of the constant stream of negative thoughts.
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What is the difference between in meaning “in the job”, “on the job” and “at the job”?

Is there any difference in meaning between in the job, on the job, at the job? For example: I have to do a lot today in the job/on the job/at the job. I feel they all mean the same in the context,...
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“by” or “on” in context of 'road'

Now, as we often say: I have never traveled to the city by road. (I always go by air) Which preposition should I use in the context given below: There are two different roads which takes us to ...
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What are the differences between “careful of / with / about the child”?

In the dictionary careful [not before noun] giving attention or thought to what you are doing so that you avoid hurting yourself, damaging something or doing something wrong Be careful! ...
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The use of prepositions “in” and “within” - “I will graduate in/within the next year”

I am curious if these sentences make any sense to you: I will graduate next year I will graduate in the next year I will graduate within the next year If those sentences do make sense, could you ...
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The use of “within”

I am still confused with prepositions. I think I can't bear the situation within the next 30 days Is that sentence correct? Or there are other prepositions that might suit the sentence, replacing ...
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We cannot accept returns [ on / for ] those items

I've seen both are used. Is there any difference between on and for in this sentence?
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52 votes in favor/for

Normally, prepositions require objects. However, someone told me the following is correct: The House of Representatives approved the budget, with 52 votes for, 16 against and 12 abstentions. ...
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In our end or On our end

I need help to explain as to why the phrase "in our end" is incorrect (or is it?) as I feel like it should be "on our end". Why is "in our end" incorrect? For example: We are unable to locate your ...
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Query about preposition

I'll show you a sentence below: I learned about American history in middle school. In the clause, you can see the preposition of 'in'. What is the correct definition of 'in' in the above sentence?...
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I don't get how to use prepositions in these simple sentences!

"What time did you arrive at class?" "What time did you arrive to class?" I looked up a grammar question and the top "at" sentence is what one of the users wrote in the comments. I think the first ...
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Use of “by“ in a sentence

Let's say that someone borrow ten dollars from me. Would it be correct if that person say by using the preposition "by" that I became indebted by 10$.
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Which preposition to use: At Earth or On Earth?

We have Extreme temperatures on the Moon, but why do we not experience such extreme temperatures on the Earth? The reason is at Earth we have our atmosphere... Is using "at" here correct? Or should I ...
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Are this sentence grammatically correct?

The closer we study life, the more extreme places we find it thriving. Is there a proposition "at" missing at the end of this sentence above, to express the places at which life thrives?
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What is “at” used to express in each case?

1.I want to succeed at life. 2.I want to win at life. 3. I want to flourish at life. 4. I want to do well at life. 5.I don't want to fail at life. 6.I want to succeed at love. 7.I want to win at love....
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What is the purpose of the words 'over' and 'up' in expressions like 'go over/up to [some place]'?

I crossed over to the other side of the road. Why not just 'crossed to'? Jane drove up to the driveway and honked to indicate her arrival. So? Why not just 'drove to'? Other than what are those ...
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When can I use “to” instead of “of”?

I have been noticing that sometimes when referring to ownership, the preposition to is frequently more accurate than of. For example, consider the phrase "These are the keys to the door," and "These ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “come with someone” and “come along with someone”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences? Why don't you come with us to the party. Why don't you come along with us to the party. I cannot see any difference, but I ...
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Is there a context in which a native English speaker would use the word “happen” with the preposition “with” and “for”?

Is it possible to use happen with "with" and "for"? For example, can I say the following? I don't know how I pulled it off. It just happened for/with me.
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Police searched the house [preposition/ prepositional phrase] the murder case. Fill the blank

If police carry out some investigative activities (for example, interrogation) as part of an investigation of some particular case, how can denote the connection between the former and the latter (...
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Gaze at it/out at it/out over it?

If you're standing next to a field gazing at it, do you gaze at it/out at it/out over it? What's most natural?
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In infinitive phrase, prepositions are optional?

So confusing about the uses of prepositions. A1: The library is too noisy for us to study. A2: The library is too noisy for us to study in. B1: The bag is too small for me to put books. ...
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Is “through” the most natural word to use here?

I would like to know if through is the best word to use in these sentences or maybe in is better? Robert drives through the city. He parks outside a building and gets out of the car. Robert ...
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What is the difference between “during the night,” “through the night”, and “throughout the night”?

Tell me please the difference between the following sentences. I didn't sleep during the night. I didn't sleep through the night. I didn't sleep throughout the night.
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among us vs between us

I know that "between" is used when the individual items are specified and "among" is used when they are not. Ref: https://www.grammarly.com/blog/between-among/ . Examples: I need to choose between ...
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Meaning of “have been brought into”

Is the below sentence grammatically correct? The properties of this material have been brought into wide applications What does "have been brought into" mean?
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The use of “take”, “take away”, “take from” or “take away from” in context

Let's a girl has dropped her toy and a boy comes up to her, picks up the toy and instead of giving it back to her he keeps it. Which one of the following sentence ls communicate the idea the most ...
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What is the difference in meaning between “in church,” “at church”, “in a church” and “at a church”?

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentence? I am in church. I am in a church. I am at church. I am at a church. I am aware that in a church means being inside ...
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Use of a preposition

In the image posted, what preposition fits best? A. The boy is passing through a house. B. The boy is passing in front of a house. C. The boy is passing past a house. Actually what I know about ...
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Use of preposition in relative pronoun or relative adverb

Please see the following sentences; 1-1. This is the house which I was born in. 1-2. This is the house I was born in. (after cancellation of the relative pronoun 'which') 2-1. This is the house ...