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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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“by passenger volume” VS “in passenger volume”

The busiest port by passenger volume is the Port of Miami in the U.S. The busiest port in passenger volume is the Port of Miami in the U.S. The busiest port in terms of passenger volume is the ...
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“Trapped for so long” vs. “Trapped so long”

They had been trapped so long that their first priority was to get medical attention Is sentence correct or not? I know 'trapped for so long' is very correct, but I wonder if the sentence is ...
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“end a run off five successive tournament exits on penalties” Why is “off” used in this sentence?

I don't quite understand the role and usage of the preposition off in this sentence from an online article: Eric Dier scored the decisive kick to end a run off five successive tournament exits on ...
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“what year” or “in what year”?

Tell me please which question is correct: What year did the song come out? In what year did the song come out?
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“challenge for” VS “challenge with”

One of the main challenges with advanced knee and ankle devices is the development of a robust sealing system for their hydraulic cylinders. One of the main challenges for advanced knee and ankle ...
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Confusions of or in?

I am not sure which of the following sentences sounds more natural/correct. Confusions of my head are driving me crazy Or Confusions in my head are driving me crazy Any help is appreciated. ...
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“environment in” VS “environment of”

Moves are underway to improve the working environment in the casting workshop in Shanghai. Moves are underway to improve the working environment of the casting workshop in Shanghai. The text ...
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question about “In” vs “For”

The agency expects the U.S. will continue to produce more oil than Russia and Saudi Arabia for the rest of this year. My question is, can I use "in the rest of this year", it is correct? What are the ...
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Using a single preposition with multiple conjunctions

I found this in a passage: Recall that the prime subfield of a field is the smallest subfield, and is isomorphic to Fp for some p or to Q. I noticed that every time the conjunction ( in above ...
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“People over age 35” or “people over the age 35” or “people over the age of 35”

The greatest beneficiaries have been rich people and people over age 35. This is a sentence I am writing. I feel uncertain about the noun phrase at the end. I know these two versions should be correct:...
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“a reduction of ” VS “a reduction in”

That has led to a reduction of CO2 emissions by approximately 425 tonnes per year That has led to a reduction in CO2 emissions by approximately 425 tonnes per year. That has led to a reduction of ...
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Usage of “to” vs “onto” with verb “send”

I just received a mail from someone about forwarding a document to a third person. I found this sentence: ...can you send it onto Amy for review?... But I would write ...can you send it to Amy for ...
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Between X with Y

I have recently come across a strange phrase and wanted to know if it might be correct. A comparison between X with Y The with in this sentence feels very strange. thanks for helping me out. ...
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Using the correct word: IN or OUT OF

According to Longman Contemporary Dictionary, out of is used to show how large a part of a group you are talking about, e.g. Nine out of ten students pass the test first time. However, I ...
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Ask someone (on,about,of,over,for) something

‎What are the differences between these sentences ? 1.I asked him on an opinion. it sounds like I wanted to know his thinking directly related to an opinion for a long time. 2.I asked him about ...
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Life is what you make (of) it

Is the preposition of necessary in the following? Life is what you make (of) it. I'd appreciate your help.
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“title for a company” VS “title of a company” VS “title with a company”

Michael is Production Technology Manager for the facility Michael is Production Technology Manager of the facility Michael is Production Technology Manager with the facility I have seen ...
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From VS On for a date

If I would like to express that the application has to be submitted on the two exact days mentioned below, can I use "from" as italic? Will the meaning change to "starting from that date" when using "...
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to look across at vs to look at

I read this sentence: When his name was called, he looked across at the teacher. I would like to know what is the difference between to look across at and to look at thanks in advance.
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Bump into/against: The car bumped into/against a tree

I don't know when to use against and when to use into, after bump: The cat bumped against the door The clumsy boy always bumps into the furniture While dancing, she bumped into me several ...
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Should I add an preposition before “the day before yesterday”?

Should it be "The day before yesterday we went to a supermarket and (we?) bought beef and chicken" Or it should be "In the day before yesterday we went to a supermarket and (we?) bought beef ...
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What does “free somebody for something” mean?

I get confused when I read this sentence: "An increasingly efficient agricultural industry freed British workers for factory employment." Does the phrase "free...for..." exist? Does it mean "workers ...
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Use of phrasal verb and preposition together in “He pulled the cap off of the marker.”

I have read it in a book: He pulled the cap off of the marker. Doesn't "pull off" show that the person removed the cap? Why to use "of"? In another sentence in the same book it is: He pulled ...
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Through or because of

Is it acceptable to say “John earned a medal of Bravery through his actions”? It would makes sense to prefer ‘because of’ instead of ‘through’ but is this acceptable or simply poor grammar?
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appropriate preposition to use in the given sentence(s)

People say he's a great chess player. As true as that might be, i think i can school him at chess. People say he's a great chess player. As true as that might be, i think i can school him in chess. ...
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“electronics on the vehicle” VS “electronics in the vehicle”

The requirements for electronics on the new energy vehicles are higher than that on traditional vehicles. The requirements for electronics in the new energy vehicles are higher than that in ...
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The difference between 'in', 'to' and 'into'

I cannot decide what is a proper preposition in a sentence below: Then place the discharged battery to the charger. So is the preposition "to" right? I am not sure whether "in" or even "into" is ...
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Relative Clause with Preposition

“...to destroy the windmill, the building of which had aroused furious jealousy in him” Regarding the above quote from Animal Farm, I'm confused about the use of the preposition "of" and relative ...
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In a sentence, would I say, “Becoming part of”, or “Becoming a part of”? [closed]

I need this for a poem assignment! Please help would be greatly appreciated... we are all english-language-learners, regardless of whether it is our first language or not!
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What is the rule of thumb when it comes to giving priority to one or another preposition when talking about islands?

I have always wondered how to choose a preposition properly when you talk about islands e.g. I live ON an island. but I was IN Tenerife. What is the rule?
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“products of high reliability” VS “products with high reliability”

Company A delivers products of high reliability. Is this sentence clear enough to convey the meaning company A provides highly reliable productis. Or I should say: Company A delivers products ...
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“experience in” VS “experience with”

A has many years of experience in material design and production technology. A has many years of experience with material design and production technology I have seen both 'with' and 'in' ...
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“requirement on” VS “requirement for”

With increased requirements on the reliability of automotive electronics, integrated solutions are in higher demand With increased requirements for the reliability of automotive electronics, ...
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Care from? How is it different from care for and care about?

Buffy: I don't care from private! I care from dead guys attacking us. I care from you Lost Weekending in your apartment. (The Dark Age episode) It occurs around 27:10. Here is a copy of the ...
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Pride oneself on something

He prides himself on his singing. A restaurant that prides itself on speed of service. She prides herself on being a good listener. What does 'on' mean when it is collocated with 'Pride ...
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“Near the lake” vs. “by the lake”

What is the difference between "near the lake" and "by the lake", meaning-wise? Just never seen "by the" form in texts before.
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How to use “spend”?

I want to spend more time exercising. I want to spend more time on exercising. My parents spend two months in touring Europe. What situation should I use "on" or "in" ?
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“Of selecting” vs “about selecting”

What's the correct preposition in this case? Example sentence: He was as nervous of/about selecting a woman as they were of/about being selected. I searched on Google: "nervous of selecting." ...
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meaning of the word “on” in context

It is from this article. Here is the passage: On its work on the Skripal poisoning, Bellingcat says investigators searched images on several online search engines, contacted former Russian military ...
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Has vs had (past tense)

Which one is grammatically correct? It was not until grade 2 when I discovered the 'earth' has a name. Or It was not until grade 2 when I discovered the 'earth' had a name.
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On closer examination

On closer examination, the investigators found out the blood type didn't match that of hers. I would like to know what on means here. I think it seems to mean either on the basis of closer ...
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the Dragon Boat Festival, ON or AT?

In an English textbook used in China, a sentence reads like this: We (Chinese) eat boat cakes at the Dragon Boat Festival. FYI: the Dragon Boat Festival is a 1-day national holiday, which ...
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Application to identify parts of speech

I’m helping my third grader with grammar homework and have differing opinions with some solutions provided to her. Is there an app where we can input sentences and they’ll identify different parts of ...
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What does 'on' mean in this sentence?

James Gleick on being cited in the OED. (https://public.oed.com/blog/james-gleick-cited-oed/) It's the title of the writing in the link. I want to know what 'on' means exactly in the sentence. I ...
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Preposition, Which form is correct?

From the Collins Dictionary's definition of take If a person, vehicle, or path takes someone somewhere, they transport or lead them there. or If a person, vehicle, or path takes someone to ...
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Do you want to go (to the) father? (preposition + article addition)

In case that a mother asks her son if he wants to go to his father. What would be the natural way to ask him about that? "Do you want to go to the father?" Or "Do you want to go father?" (...
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In the way or the way

“Eat the Greek way” vs. “Eat in the Greek way” Are these sentences both correct? Have they the same meaning? Is there a difference in the grammar structure? Is there a rule that explains when to ...
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About expressions such as on a walk, on a hike, on a ride

I have a question about such idiomatic prepositional expressions where on is used as on a walk, on a hike, on a stroll, on a climb, on a ride, on vacation, on leave, on offer, on show, on display, on ...
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“Under the name of” OR “in the name of”?

I want to ask that if there is a cheese product "paneera" in the market. Then what should I say? Cheese is available under the name of paneera? OR Cheese is available in the name of paneera? ...
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How to use preposition of software?

The question is like I do my report on/in Word. I do xxx on/in Excel. which is correct? use on or in. Btw, I often use "I write my code on my computer." is it correct?