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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 “of” to describe amount , measurement and belonging

I couldn’t how to use “of” while describing amount,measurement and belonging. I gave some examples by explaning what I tried to want . Could you please explain my mistakes ? 1) I need two of this ...
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“Curt with someone” or “curt to someone”?

Which preposituon do I use with the adjective curt when I want to say that someone was briefly rude to someone? For example: The boss was curt with/to me this morning. I checked a few dictionaries,...
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“during the agglutination process” or “in the agglutination process”

Which is the best variant between the two? A downside of population migration is considered to be the forfeit of unique cultural aspects in the agglutination process. A downside of population ...
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“Stand up in a train” or “stand up on a train”?

Is there any difference in meaning between the following sentences? I have been standing up in the train a few hours. I have standing up on the train a few hours. Not a long time ago, I ...
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Enrolled in or at

I got enrolled ‘in’ university. I got enrolled ‘at’ university. Which preposition is correct here?
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Difference between 'ask' and 'ask for'

Can I use 'ask' and 'ask for' interchangeably? For example, there's no difference whatsoever (including stylistic difference) between 'ask forgiveness' and 'ask for forgiveness', is there?
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“Since” vs “since then” at the end of a sentence

Related to this question: "Since" at the end of a sentence where it was stated that since can be used at the end of a sentence: There were the children to consider. She had told him she ...
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Correct preposition choice

1) There is a color tone difference between the glass wall building and the prefabricated buildings. 2) There is a difference in color tone between the glass wall building and the prefabricated ...
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Pick on someone your own size

Wilbur should leave his little brother alone and pick on someone his own size. I couldn't understand structure of the phrase '' pick on someone your own size'' .I thought there should be a ...
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“About” at the end of sentence

Is this correct to use "about" at the end of the sentence like that? I thought all the times this guy must have heard that his music was no good about.
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Which preposition is correct in the following sentence? to or in

My friends have been to/in Africa. They brought me a present. What is correct?
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Difference between by and with

Is there any difference between with and by in sentences below? You can buy better one by an extra payment of $400. You can buy better one with an extra payment of $400. When I use these ...
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“The boss of a company” or “the boss in the company”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentences is correct? Kate is the boss of a company. Kate is the boss in a company.
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Use of “to” or “of”

I just heard “the lyrics to the song” and I thought te correct way to say it is “the lyrics of the song”. Am I right? Otherwise, what’s the difference? I’ve gotten this doubt because I’ve heard “to” ...
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Look back at/on/to

I need to know what is the difference between “look back at”, “look back on” and “look back to”. I have understood that they all mean “to remember” so I don’t know where I should use each one.
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Why does it say “arrive to” , not “arrive at”?

I have found the sentences below in the UK newspaper The Guardian. Why does it say "arrive to", not "arrive at" ? Prosecutors from the House of Representatives, known as “managers”, are expected ...
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A does something over something

SOAP SOAP is an XML-based protocol for accessing web services over HTTP. 'Over' here means "based on" or "not based on"?
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Where not to use word “to”

During the final minutes of his speech the speaker requested to the audience to hold its applause... In the above sentence, there should not the word "to" after requested... But why and how to ...
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What is the correct preposition to use in/for this sentence?

What is the correct preposition to use in the following sentence? I found some information on the Internet and I used it in/for my project.
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About the usage of “on”

Is the following title correct: On Equations, Series and the General Method for Solving Questions I.e. can I use “on” meaning about like this? Because the two first are in plural and unspecific, on ...
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Does the question “until what time do you work” sound natural?

Tell me please which one of the following questions sound the most natural? Until what time do you work? What time do you work until? What time do you work to?
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The usage of prepositions “about, with, at” after the adjectives expressing irritation, touchiness

Are there any firm rules of how to pick out the right preposition to use after the adjectives expressing irritation, touchiness, annoyance (fractious, nettlesome, peevish, petulant, testy, tetchy, ...
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Taking risk “In” or “of”

Which is the correct way? a) Taking the risk in b) Taking the risk of. I’ve heard and read both of them. Is there any difference between them?
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Which is correct “Your file can be found at/in/on C:\Users\User\Desktop/file.txt”?

I am writing a program that creates a file and lastly tells you where the file can be found. Should I write: "Your file can be found at C:\Users\User\Desktop\file.txt" or in C:\Users\User\Desktop\...
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That and which in a sentence

I have some sentences that i want to know which one is correct: I'm trying to get trending tags with the number of posts that are tagged with them. I'm trying to get trending tags with the number of ...
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among the foothills

I'm interested in the meaning of "among" as in the following: The village is located among the foothills. Does it necessarily mean the village is surrounded by the foothills? I'd appreciate your ...
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Pour {in/on/onto/into/over} my cup

Please, pour the wine _____ my cup. a) in b) on c) onto d) into e) over which preposition would be appropriate here in the gap?
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For or to the purpose

Do “to the purpose” and “for the purpose” mean the same? What’s the meaning of each one and what is the difference? Which one is correct? “To what purpose?” or “for what purpose?”?
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In or on the poster? [closed]

Is this sentence correct? or should I change it?
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Use of “in”, “that” and “on”

1.In the/that moment. 2. At the/that moment. What is the difference? Also I read: 1.”On another ocassion” 2. “In another ocassion” what’s the difference? Could I also use “at”?
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What is the difference between 'suck', 'suck at', and 'suck on'?

Can those be used interchangeably? These are three examples from the Longman dictionary. I see no essential difference between the cases so I assume you can use any option you like without any ...
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Write to or write for?

Which is the correct way to express that I am writing or I wrote a letter aimed at another person? Is it ‘I write / I wrote a letter to you’ or ‘I write / wrote a letter for you’? I’m so confused. ...
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The standards “on” or “of” something?

When "standard" means the level of quality of something, it can be followed by "of", "for" or "on". I understand that "a standard for something" emphasizes the purposefulness of the standard, and it ...
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Best preposition for “ part time”

I had to work in//as // for part-time while I was studying in the university. Which preposition should I use in sentence above? Should I say “ work in part-time” or “work as part-time”or “work for ...
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Which propositions should follow the noun “cost” in different context?

Recently I find myself struggling with choosing the appropriate proposition in a certain context. One of my worst nightmares is the propositions followed by "cost" and how they differ in meanings. The ...
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Which one should I use, “of” or “to”?

I’ve been struggling with these two propositions because I’ve read “There are parts to her that I don’t like” and I’m confused because to me it should be “parts of her”. Also I’ve heard “there’s more ...
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Use ‘for’ or not

Those who missed the 20 years of the show, this is a very rare footage. ‘For’ those who missed the 20 years of the show, this is a very rare footage. Does the ‘for’ in the second sentence sound odd ...
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using two prepositions 'at' one after another

For the following sentence: Jack and Jenny arrive at school at 3:00 pm. If I wanted to ask a question about Jack and Jenny's particular place of arrival at specific point in time, which is 3:00 pm,...
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Do we say “The rat ran to and then under the ticket booth” or just “The rat ran under the ticket booth”?

Look at this picture, a rat was at a distance from the ticket booth. The suddenly, the rat ran towards the booth and then sneaked under the booth. The dictionary says under (prep) in, to or ...
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Is “ think yourself” grammatically correct?

I was practicing English with my uncle, and he used that word which I think it’s incorrect. Am I wrong here? I’m very confused right now.
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Of vs same as in sentence

There must be one more same piece as this . There must be one more piece of this . While playing lego , I know that there two same pieces . But I couldn’t find one of them. Ithis case which one ...
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Annoyed ‘by’, ‘for’, ‘to’ or ‘because of’

Let’s imagine few disciples of a priest have committed crimes by misusing their power and that makes the priest very annoyed. Now, which preposition should I use in the sentence below which describes ...
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“Shoot in something” vs “shoot at something”

Is there any difference between shoot in something and shoot at something? For example: The guy shot a few rounds in/at the car with a machinegun and ran away. I have definetly heard native ...
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On or over - - which one should I use?

Which one of the two is correct/ natural?  a) I shouldn't have wasted money on this b) I shouldn't have wasted money over this
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What does “up” and “is she” mean?

I read short-story Andrina. I saw these sentences. A young woman up at your house? A home help, is she?. Could anybody explain me why the author wrote "is she". I suppose it's the repeated ...
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What to say in this case?

I am on bus or coach right now and someone call me.I answered: I am coming after half an hour, I am in the transportation now. Please note that I don't want to say bus or coach and I said ...
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“He was introduced (to) essay structure.”

I introduced essay structure to him Which passive sentence is correct and why? He was introduced to essay structure. He was introduced essay structure.
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Is this sentence correct “We are going shopping mall”

The statement above does not have 'to' before the destination. We can write 'going home' without 'to'. Where else can we skip 'to'?
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What is the use of “in” and “on”?

Is it "in" or "on "? Where is the ball? It's in the pool. Note that : The pool is full of water and the ball above the water.
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Are “call a taxi (a cab)” and “call for a taxi (a cab)” the same?

I want to make a question sentence like below: "Is calling a taxi the only way to take a taxi here? (Or from here?)" I'm wondering if 'calling for a taxi" would mean the same thing as "calling a ...