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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Grammar / Prepositions [on hold]

Does this sentence sound strange? Can say like that? Thanks for that you helping me.
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Do I use 'of' or 'by' in connection with artist's work?

I often write about works of art and am unsure if I'm doing it correctly. What I am trying to express is that if you go to this exhibition you will see artworks by certain artists. Is this correct: ...
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correct preposition before 'environment'?

Which of the following sentence is correct? 1.Coal mines constitute a major percentage of the sources which cause damage on the environment. 2.Coal mines constitute a major percentage of the sources ...
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Usage of by in the meaning of per

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/22644/by-vs-per-which-one-should-i-use-on-expressions-like-pl-geography-or-va I saw this post. I’d like to know how to use “by” in the meaning of “per”. ...
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Could you help me to fix the car? Or without the preposition?

could you tell me which is the right way to construct this sentence: A. Could you help me fix the car? B. Could you help me to fix the car? Or perhaps both? What is the rule that governs the ...
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Preposition-usage in a sentence

Should I say: It's a book I need to make a summary It's a book I need to make a summary about It's a book I need to make a summary about it Which one is the most correct? And how can I ...
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“It was on Thursday” or “It was Thursday”

I am writing an essay. In the introduction, I wrote It was Tuesday. meaning the day was Tuesday. I am describing the setting of a story. The story didn't start yet. An alternative It was on ...
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The confusion of “for”, “In” and “after”

The use of the prepositions "for",after and " in" while talking about time periods is rather confusing for me because some times they are interchangeable and some times not. Let us observe the ...
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“its something of” vs “something of it”

I am bit confused between the Possessive adjective and Preposition I got a car from India for my brother and its one wheel are made from Germany. I got a car from India for my brother and one ...
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What preposition should be used with “course”?

What is the right preposition for the following sentences: Did you learn about things like that in\on your course. He is in\on the math course at college. I'll meet you in\on\at the course.
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to ask for vs to ask

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/common-verbs/ask-and-ask-for says that "to ask" is used for questions and "to ask for/to" is used for requests (the 1st with nouns, the 2nd ...
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to ask of vs to ask for

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/grammar/british-grammar/common-verbs/ask-and-ask-for says that "to ask" is used for questions and "to ask for/to" is used for requests (the 1st with nouns, the 2nd ...
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work for VS Work in

I have heard the expressions such as A David works for a bank B I am working in a school Are the expressions " David is working in a bank" and "I work for a school" possible? Is the change of ...
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use of preposition after verb prefer 'over' vs 'to'

Look at the examples below and please tell if both the uses are correct or there is any distinction in the meaning. I prefer tea to coffee. I prefer tea over coffee. Now if they are both ...
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“causing harm for” vs. “causing harm to”

I often say "causing harm for X", but I am not sure if this is semantically and grammatically correct? What do you think? We need to pollute less, because not doing so will cause harm for all ...
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I have a problem with Prepositions

I am a beginner in English. I have a problem with how to use proper prepositions. When I use or read prepositions with words, I am being confused. I know some usage of prepositions – something like: ...
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“Train to my hometown” vs. “train for my hometown”

Which is more correct? I am leaving early as I have to catch train to my hometown. I am leaving early as I have to catch train for my hometown. Any other suggestion to improve is appreciated.
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Which one is correct between these two sentences

Which one is correct Students are more interested to study. Students are more interested in studying. Please explain
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Preposition problem in or on

I have a dobt that which one is correct he is in the chair he is on the chair Which one is right and why?
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appropriate prepositon

Look at this example below I prefer to choose money over happiness In this example, prefer is the main verb which takes 'to' appropriate preposition. with it. Now if we use 'choose' (as an ...
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Is it correct to say “a speaking activity by using WhatsApp messenger”?

Can I use "by using" in a title or phrase or does it have to be a full sentence? I want to put a caption under one of my photos I took in one of my classrooms in which my students are doing a ...
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being usages dilemma

I've read in BBC that we use use "being" as a verb-ing. BBC has listed two kind of usage, What I want to learn here is about "preposition+verb-ing" form of usage.It has been said that "being+past ...
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Dissatisfaction with/at - which one is correct?

I am writing to express my complete dissatisfaction with the meal I was served last night. I am writing to express my complete dissatisfaction at the meal I was served last night. Which one ...
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AS a LAWMAN preposition [duplicate]

Do I have your word as a lawman not to shoot me down like a dog in the street?. I don't understand the "as a lawman" part. Why did he use "as"? This quote is from the movie Django Unchained. https:/...
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Can “people with confusion” refer to people that are confused?

I need to refer to a specific group of people that are feeling confused like me. According to my research, "with confusion" is used when dealing with confusion as an illness but not a feeling or ...
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AS meaning in this sentences

"As a beginner, I am happy that I learned a new thing." You will recognize this as your DoReMi-s.(https://youtu.be/n2z02J4fJwg at 4:52) What is the meaning of the "AS" there and when do we use that? ...
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Why do need to use “to”?

Why do need to use "to"? Can it be without to? And how to understand that one or another preposition after a word should be used? a person's emotional state or the atmosphere of a place as ...
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Preposition rule in a sentence with or/and

... before the exchange or intervention of/on the engine. It comes from "exchange of the engine" and "intervention on the engine". Which one should I use? Additional example with lack of ...
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Meaning of “over one day”

"I read 192 pages in French, in just two sittings over one day . " What does "over one day" mean here?
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Does 'to' function as a preposition in 'the trick to getting this chair to fold' but as a to-infinitive in 'some tricks to speed up your …'?

In a dictionary, I find two example sentences of the use of "trick": What's the trick to getting this chair to fold up? On page 21, some tricks to speed up your beauty routine. As we know, "...
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I have heard about “in/on the news”. What about “at the news”?

I know that we commonly use “on the news” or “in the news”. However, I came across a sentence which is: They were overcome by a wave of horror at the news. As far as I can understand is ...
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Is there a phrase such as “Anxious of”?

I want by the following sentence to express that death causes anxiety for souls: And why do souls become anxious of it?.. It refers to death I have looked for the phrase, but it gets corrected ...
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Use of prepositions “at” and “in”

Which of these two is right? This project can raise the sale at the global level This project can raise the sale in the global level
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Regarding the usage of “at” in “A chance at that dream”

I went through the Wiktionary as well as Webster's dictionary, and I still couldn't find what definition of at is being used in: The great debts we pay for a desperate chance at that dream. Source:...
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In the entrance VS. at the entrance

Is there any difference in meaning between these two prepositional phrases? I am standing at the entrance I am standing in the entrance
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“at the picnic” vs “on a picnic”

My question is can I say: I was at a picnic yesterday? Or do I have to use on? I was confused because it sounded correct at first, but then I got no results when I looked it up on Google.
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Correct preposition when saying “Carrots grow …”

I was writing something and realised I don't know where carrots grow. Do they grow under the ground, or on the ground, or in the ground? Or something else entirely? Furthermore, someone told me I ...
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On Friday morning, at night…but what about on\at Friday 9 AM?

Should it be on Friday 9 AM or at Friday 9 AM?
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“Upon” means “after” in this context

We use on / upon in these sentences: Don't forget to call me upon reaching there. The recipe was deliciously awesome that everyone licked their fingers upon finishing it. upon here means ...
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“to” as a word before an infinitive or as a preposition

In a dictionary, I find two example sentences of the use of "trick": What's the trick to getting this chair to fold up? On page 21, some tricks to speed up your beauty routine. As we know, "...
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“A few hours earlier” VS. From a few hours earlier

In the book, Friend Zone “And she was a thousand times better than the drop-dead gorgeous yoga instructor from a few hours earlier.” What is “from” adding to the context here? Well, I mean if “...
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'Under' preposition meaning?

The war between Iran and Iraq lasted under a decade and caused a great deal of bloodshed. Is this under usage equal to by, some, nearly ... etc, or throughout, through ... etc, or else none of them ?
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Is 'to commute on foot' grammatically right?

Is it okay to say, 'He usually commutes on foot and hence he always gets 10,000 steps by the end of the day'? Do commute and on foot match? In my effort to get an answer to this question, I googled ...
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Let's cross on/at the green light. which one is correct?

Let's cross on the green light. You should cross at the red light. I've heard both expressions used, but not sure which one is right. I've also seen on the internet that You cross at, on, ...
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Short answers - 'In Tokyo' v 'Tokyo'

This issue arose in a recent lesson. In short, it centres on the difference between: Where do you live? I live in Tokyo. v In Tokyo. v Tokyo. and: Which city do you live in? I live in Tokyo?...
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What is the function of “of” in “of her immortal sisters” and “that of Roy Bhaskar”?

There are two long sentences here, I quoted from different books. If you paint the same face, and set a winged rose or a rose of gold somewhere about her, one's thoughts are of her immortal sisters,...
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For people vs To people

As I am currently writing an essay about the role of the government and the public in protecting endangered animals, when writing about the responsibility of people, I was not sure if I should use "...
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Sounds over something

Sometimes all you could hear were the flat, hard, packing sounds over the yelling. (A line from Fight Club) What does "over" mean here?
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A space which is good to be in -> A space to be in (?)

It seems that "a space which is good to be in" is grammatically acceptable (with "in" at the end of the sentence). "Space" in this example refers to an intentionally designed living/working/public ...
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(for) any longer

Is 'for' necessary before 'any longer', or at all? I won't be able to talk (for) any longer. I can't talk (for) any longer. I can't workout (for) any longer.