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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Which clause a preposition belong to matters to determine whether who or whom is used?

In general, both who and whom can be used in the following sentence, although whom may be preferred in strict grammar: I knew who/whom he was talking with. I think in the following sentence, whom ...
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of vs for grammar

In this sentence the British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine's government with a pro-Moscow administration. Can I use "for" instead of "of"? ...
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Is it possible to put more than two prepositions before a relative pronoun?

I think the following is OK: I was talking to whom he was looking at. Question: Can I move the 'at' in front of the 'whom'? So the sentence will be: I was talking to at whom he was looking.
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What is the meaning of the phrase: "take huge leaps forward with"?

To be specific, I don't understand the meaning of the word "with". Here is a sentence: "Manufacturing innovation takes huge leaps forward with the 3rd generation Anaconda printing ...
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Can "Rinse off the apple/the apple off" or "Rinse the dirt off" be used as a short form of "Rinse the dirt off the apple"?

According to the dictionary, we can say She rinsed the dirt off the lettuce. He rinsed the soap out of the cup. And we can also say Rinse (off) the apple before you eat it. rinse (out) a cup or ...
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Correct or wrong? "They should have paid more attention on their first lecture about..."

is this sentence grammatically correct? Would a native speaking person say this sentence as it is? They should have paid (?) more attention on (?) their first lecture about the (?) law of supply and ...
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Prepositions usage of from and in

He asked me yesterday whether anyone from our class is participating. My doubt is whether we should use "from our class " or "in our class". Thankyou
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Can the phrase "out of" be used to specify part of the whole?

Only one out of twenty students in my class passed the test. I think the usage "out of" in the sentence above I created is correct, but I am unsure if the following usage is correct: This ...
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"There was no such thing as ... " + "nor were there..."? "Or..."? "Nor... ?"

I would like to convey two ideas in a single sentence. Idea 1 : "Rock music" was not (yet) an established music genre at some point in time Idea 2 : There were no more than a handful of ...
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Check after someone [closed]

Is it "check after someone"? As in I need to check after him lest the job is done wrong. By "check after him" I hoped to say "check if the job he has done is done right"...
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Usage of prepositions with "to smb's advantage", "for smb's benefit"

The meaning differences of these two phrases are slim. How can using the prepositions "to" and "for" be explained here from a grammatical point of view? Why is there such a ...
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Why is "for" used in "for me" in standup meetings?

In standup meetings where each attendee tells about what they did yesterday in turn, people always start with "For me", for example, "For me, yesterday I finished my task" or "...
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how does it different between "to " and "for" [duplicate]

In this sentence "I threw a chair at the gunman. And I headed for the door." If I say I headed to the door. how does it differ between I headed for the door. vs If I say I headed to the ...
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Need help doing or need help in doing?

Do you need help in doing something? Do you need help doing something? Which one is correct? I've heard sentences like the second one many times. But I don't think it's correct.
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What's the difference between "Would you like to go on a long drive with me?" and "Would you like to go with me on a long drive?"

Would you like to go on a long drive with me? Would you like to go with me on a long drive? The position of "with me" is different in both of the above interrogative sentences. As per my ...
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After a few hours or a few hours after

Which of these is correct and why? However, after a few hours of opening an incident occurred. or However, a few hours after opening an incident occurred.
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Why can we say "in a day/in a week/in a month", but not "in a night" and instead "overnight"?

You can't learn English overnight. You can't learn English in one night. I know that "in one night" may not sound idiomatic, so I should say "overnight" to sound natural. I often ...
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Tidal current is setting in the direction of Northeast

I use marine English at work. Which one is correct? Tidal current is setting to the direction of Northeast. Tidal current is setting in the direction of Northeast.
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At a good price or for a good price

I have a doubt about whether you should say “I will sell you these goods for a great price” or “ I will sell you these goods at a great price” When do you use at and when do you use for?
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"to apologise to someone for something" or "to apologise to someone about something" or "to apologise to someone over something"

"Downing Street apologises to Queen over lockdown parties." The sentence is from the BBC. As far as I know, the structure should be "to apologise to someone about something" or &...
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"She is at the end stage with cancer" or "She is at the last stage of cancer"

"She is at the end stage with cancer" "She is at the last stage of cancer". I can't be sure if "the end stage with cancer" is idiomatic or not. I would say ".....the ...
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Is "crashed into a field" correct?

He (driver) went off the road and crashed into a field. Would "into" be the correct preposition here? Does "crashed into a field" sound odd or is it completely natural?
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preposition: by one minute

What does "by one minute" mean in the following? Rolls-Royce said in a press statement the Spirit of Innovation set three world records in total, including reaching 345.4 mph over 1.86 ...
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I'll be back in an hour

What's the difference between these two sentences? I'm leaving. I'll be back in an hour. I won't be back for an hour.
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reported on 16,055 new Covid-19 cases

Is "on" used properly in the following sentence from CNN? On Friday, South Africa reported on 16,055 new Covid-19 cases, up from 4,373 new cases on Tuesday.
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on the outside or outside

The playground is on the outside or it’s outside. Which is correct.? Needed to say the location of places within the school. Can I say the playground is on the outside when I’m in the classroom?
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"From this Saturday," from this Saturday on," or "as of this Saturday"?

Would you tell me if all the following sentences are natural and grammatically correct? From this Saturday I'm going to do more exercise. From this Saturday on I'm going to do more exercise. As of ...
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Original with me

There are many ideas in this book which are, to the best of my knowledge, original with me. A favorite technique, original with him, he called "word-count." I do not know whether this ...
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imposed new travel restrictions from several African countries

Is "from" properly used in the following sentence from CNN? At least 70 countries, among them the United States, imposed new travel restrictions from several African countries after Omicron ...
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Which sentence is better grammatically?

I would like to have fewer classes on Friday than on any other day. I would like to have fewer classes on Friday than any other day. Is it redundant to use "on" twice?
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"in the morning" vs "on cold mornings"

I always know is "in the morning" until I read this article "should I let my vehicle warm up on cold mornings?" Why did it use "on cold mornings" instead of "in cold ...
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"With that name" or "by that name"?

Could you tell me which preposition, with or by do I need to use before that name in the dialogue below? Person A: Does Sara Smith live in that house? Person B: Sorry, I don't know anyone with/by ...
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When someone says "I'm on the 10th episode of the show," do they mean they just finished the 9 or they've started to watch the 10th?

When someone says I'm on the 10th episode of the show, do they mean they just finished the 9 or they've started to watch the 10th? Also, is there any difference in meaning between I'm on the 10th ...
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Is it optional to include "at," as in "where are my keys at?" when you are asking where someone or something is?

Would you tell me if it is optional to include at when you are asking where someone or something is? For example: Where are my keys (at)? I haven't seen Kate since the morning. Do you know where she ...
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Through your help or with your help

Which is correct and why? Through your help I became a better person. or With your help I became a better person.
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"The package can be picked up till 5 p.m." or "the package can be picked up by 5 p.m."?

Would you tell me if I have to use till or by in the context below? The package can be picked up till 5 p.m. and then we close. The package can be picked up by 5 p.m. and then we close. Generally ...
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Calm someone from or of something

What else can I give my dog to calm him from fireworks or thunder? And how soon, out of compassion for him, you will calm him from his sorrows... It worked pretty quickly to calm him from a storm. ...
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"In which" vs "of which" in a sentence refereing to activities

Is using "of which" in the following sentence correct? can anyone tell me why it is correct and can we use "in which" instead of "of which"? I have taken the statistic ...
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How to use "conclude" in a phrase?

Can "conclude" be used in the following way: a) conclude by the fact that... --> e.g. He is smart. This, one can conclude by the fact that he solved the tasks easily. b)from x one can ...
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Character of or from the novel xy

Which preposition is the correct one: Paul is the main character of/from the novel XY. I found both online but was told by a friend that only "from" works here.. which doesn't make sense ...
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"Before" implies a change?

"Before" doesn't normally imply a change, but in the following sentence, does it imply a change, like "until" does? Does "before" equal "until"? Before last ...
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What word should I pick for the "digital room" of a storage device?

What word should I pick for the "digital room" of a storage device, e.g. an SD memory card? And what about the preposition? I couldn't download the file because there wasn't enough space/...
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Pass covid to someone vs pass covid on to someone

He went to the party and passed covid to everybody. He went to the party and passed covid on to everybody. As far as I know, in the case of flu, virus, etc we should use pass on to. However, is there ...
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"I am joined by two guests today" or "I am joined with two guests today"?

I am joined by two special guests today. I am joined with two special guests today. I often hear the first one on TV and it makes sense. But, today I have seen the second one "joined with" ...
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Word usage and their functions [closed]

I am going for shopping... I am going to Shop ... Which one is correct?
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He walked to the mall for or in ten minutes

He painted the wall for an hour. He painted the wall in an hour. In the sentences above, I think "for" and "in" are both correct. "For" means he spent an hour painting ...
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Is it correct to say "I can see my reflection on the TV screen" or "I can see my reflection in the TV screen"?

If I stand in front of a TV that is not on, I can see my reflection in or on the screen. Normally, we say "I can see my reflection in the water/ in the mirror" and "The image came up on ...
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He reached the summit in an hour

Peter started climbing the mountain. He reached the summit in an hour. What does "in" mean in this sentence? I've consulted some dictionaries, but haven't found the correct explanation. I ...
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more of something versus more something

What guide lines are there in respect to the proper choice between "more of something" and "more something"? I can't see a logic behind it. Here are some examples which I think are ...
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Meaning of 'for' in context

What's the meaning of the preposition 'for' in the below sentence? They were provisioned for a very long journey.

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