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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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Involved in or involved with

there are two sentences: The HR department will also be involved with training and professional development of the company's staff. A company's HR department may also be involved in making ...
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Correct preposition in this context

There is a hill very close to a house, but the house is not touching the hill. We can say that the hill is starting a few metres away from the house. Which is correct to say in this situation: My ...
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“There sat the Shadow fear'd of man”

But where the path we walk'd began To slant the fifth autumnal slope, As we descended following Hope, There sat the Shadow fear'd of man... (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/...
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Using “to” or “for” to say “who has a particular feeling or opinion about something”

I have seen this description about "to" in the dictionary saying "used for saying whose opinion, attitude, or knowledge is being referred to" But there is another description about "for" saying "...
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Do we say “in the nightmarescape” or “on the nightmarescape”?

I am really not sure. I often have trouble determining if we should use "in" or "on", but in this case it seems both are valid. Is there a general rule, because I feel like I have asked similar ...
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Meaning of “suffrage by someone”

In the sentence Universal suffrage by the whole people of representatives and rulers of the state -- this is the last word of the Marxists as well as of the democratic school. can the word '...
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So + adjective + that / so + adjective + (as) + to-infinitive / too + adjective + to-infinitive

I have two questions that have made me confused since yesterday. a) Is it possible to use "so+adjective+to-infinitive" form instead of using "so+adjective+as+to-infinitive"? Is it possible to make ...
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“decide something” or “decide on something” in context?

Tell me please the correct sentence. We have yet to decide the share of the profit we will give them. We have yet to decide on the share of the profit we will give them. I think both are ...
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“turn something at 15 degrees” or “turn something 15 degrees”?

Tell me please the correct sentence. Turn your feet at 15 degrees. Turn your feet 15 degrees.
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So + adj + as to + verb / so +adj + to + verb

Can I use those forms interchangeably? I think 1 and 1' don't mean the same thing but 2 and 2' mean the same thing. 1-She was so radiant as to be almost beautiful. 1'-She was so radiant to be ...
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correct usage of preposition 'on' and 'with'

which of the following sentence is correct and why? 1.The principal started his lecture with a pessimistic note. 2.The principal started his lecture on a pessimistic note
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Why is the preposition omitted?

Examples: 1. I'm busy doing homework. 2. I could use your help getting the tire back on car. Why there's no prepositions, like : .....in doing homework. .....in getting the ..... ...
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“Up” is adjective or adverb in this context

Sentences: Further up the hill there was a small house. Further up in the hill there was a small house. He is up the tree. He is up in the tree. In example 2 and 4, up seems to be ...
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kind to vs gentle with

As a nonnative English teacher in South Korea, . I've seen and heard a lot "Be kind to the elderly." As far as I know, the preposition "to" ususally comes after the word " kind". One day, one of ...
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standing WITH / IN / AT a 45-degree angle

Which one below would be correct when explaining the way something stands ? 1) It was standing with a 45-degree angle. 2) It was standing a 45-degree angled. 3) It was standing in a 45-...
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A Preposition Question

"Tempe police show reporters more body cam footage in fatal shooting of boy with air soft gun." What does the "in" in the sentence mean? "Pertaining to" or "in the event of"? If it means "...
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The correct preposition after “I'm dying”

Saying "I'm dying" alone is normal and correct, but what if it was followed (for any reason) by a preposition? Would "at" be the correct one to use as in (I'm dying at this)? It was stated in that ...
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Difference between (in/on/at) [duplicate]

Using the three prepositions (in/on/at) when their use is related to the word after them is very confusing to learners. E.g. in these examples all the prepositions refer to a location: The players ...
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The usage of “of” or “for” with “forecast”

In the given sentence, is the preposition of more appropriate than the preposition for? The international monetary fund maintained its forecast of / for weak global growth. According to my ...
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Preposition before the word “agreement”

I have done the work on his agreement. This sounds good to me, but I am not sure. Online dictionaries didn't helped me much. Thank you.
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“Towards the past” or “in the past”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Roots of the India-Pakistan conflict can be found in a shared attitude of derision towards the past. What difference is the usage of "towards" instead of ...
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Climb or Climb to

I am so confused about using preposition after certain verbs. What is the difference in meaning between "climb" and "climb to" ? 1-The prisoners climbed the wall and escaped. (Climbed over it) ...
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Follow someone down street or down to street

What is the difference in meaning between these examples ? 1-Don't follow women down dark alleys after dark. 2-Don't follow women down to dark alleys after dark. 3-Don't follow women to dark alleys ...
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“all” vs “all of”

What's the difference between these two sentences? He ate all his food He ate all of his food
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use of word “Like” in the beginning of a sentence

Like smaller companies, the larger companies, continue to be impacted by the advancements in technology. Can anyone help me understand what function the word "Like" has in the sentence? Is it a ...
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Using “at about” for approximations

The material is processed in the autoclave at about 150 degrees Centigrade. My question relates to the usage of 'at about' to indicate approximate temperature rather than the exact temperature
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Which preposition to use with “access”? “To” or “of”?

I read a sentence which was: Social differences among men and women were increased because of the difference in access of resources or property. Personally, I don't think "of" should be used there. ...
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Do you say the plural TO or OF something? [closed]

Are these sentences both correct? What is the plural of boy? What is the plural to boy? Are they interchangeable?
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Translate (from) something to/into something

Dictionaries say that when the word translate has its linguistic meaning, we use the preposition into: He translates English into Russian. If my understanding is correct, using to in the example ...
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Should you use “in Fortnite” or “on Fortnite”?

Just so that you understand Fornite is a video game and team deathmatch is a game mode. So here are two sentences: He wants to play team deathmatch in Fortnite. He wants to play team ...
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“I took five days off FROM work” vs. “I took five days off OF work” [on hold]

I took five days off from work last year. I took five days off of work last year. Which is more appropriate? Thank you.
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I go on the business trip

I go on the business trip. Why the above sentence use "on " as the preposition but not "to"?
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WITH RESPECT To time

Generally on time means at the exact moment and in time means within the given time. Example: We should be disciplined like seasons, as they are very punctual. Summer comes and goes in time. ...
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He is coming straight [ to \ for \ at ] me

We generally use to for showing movement. He is coming straight to me. But Cambridge dictionary says: The dog seemed to be coming at \ for me. Can I use to instead?
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Adverb vs preposition

He is going up the mountain road. He is going up along the mountain road. In 1, up is working as a preposition, while along is the preposition in the 2. Do the both carry same meaning? Thank you.
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The use of “touch” and “touch on” in context

This issue touches (on) personal beliefs, and beliefs always trumps facts. In this video at 2 minute and 16 second, a speaker used the version with on. But what if I omit the preposition, will it be ...
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“…a pen to write with” or “a pen to write”

So, I have come across a sentence: 1.He brought a camera to take photographs. Then I wondered, Can I use this format and say : He brought a pen to write. However, it doesn't sound right to me ...
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Could you spell it out for | to me

Is there any difference between: Could you spell it out for me vs Could you spell it out to me
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from what day he will be back

I am aware that he is on holiday. Can you tell me from what day he will be back at the office? I am not sure whether the bolded passage is correct. On the Internet, I have not found any match with ...
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Using “on” with “the day (on) which…”

September 3 was the day which I was born. September 3 was the day which I was born on. September 3 was the day on which I was born. Are all of these correct? Do we have to use the ...
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Give to or give? [duplicate]

Which of the following sentence is correct and why? What message do you have to give students like me? What message do you have to give to students like me?
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What is the right preposition when you write about limiting choices

Is this the right way to write about choices limitation. Students' choices should be restricted\limited to\in vocational courses. Or Your choices are limited to\in the following options (a or ...
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When to use determiners after a preposition?

As far as I know, while using a countable noun you should put a determiner before the countable noun. But some examples confused me. A type of metal button ("button" is a countable noun) A ...
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Using a complete sentence after a preposition?

As far as I know, prepositions are followed by a noun or noun phrase or a wh-clause. But the following sentence confused me because the author used a complete sentence after the "for". But ...
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Meaning of “exclusive+ to, of, in” in the given scenarios [closed]

Both of these albums are EXCLUSIVE to this Pledge. They rapidly became exclusive of others. Any such prices are exclusive of tax. We are always exclusive in quality.
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School and subject

Is the next sentence right or if it's not how can we rewrite it? Do you remember the school and the subject you were interested in at? What if we turn it: Do you remember the subject and the ...
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At about age 30

Is is grammatically right to leave out the definite article in the following sentence? what would change if the word about were not added? At about (the) age 30, Jesus was baptized
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The preposition for the verb (avenge) - avenge sb/sth (on OR from) sb

Please comsider the following example: Imagine a mother whose husband has been murdered. She is talking to the killer regarding the revenge! She says: One day my son will be grown up and avenge his ...
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candidate in me?

A: Who's going to be my partner? B: Maybe I will. C: But you also have an exceptional candidate in me! Why did C say like that? What is the meaning of 'in' here?
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“A way with” + verb?

When using the idiom "A way with", can I add a verb after it if it's a gerund? For example, She has a way with playing cards. The school has a way with accepting only good candidates.