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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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Selecting vs selecting for

See in this sense refers to selecting for variants that do reproductively useful things. What does for function here in this sentence. As far as i am concerned, we can use for when the word “...
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“Below” and “down” preposition confusion in this context

While filling in a form on Net: Down / below / down below the entries you will see a submit sign. Down usually means: towards a lower position. And, Below usually means: at a lower position. So ...
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ration “comparing to” instead of “to”

Is the sentence below correct? It is calculated as the ratio of real errors comparing to all detected errors.
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From / By a different method

I need to send an email to my manager saying I got some details from an insurance using a different method other than calling them. But I wasn't sure which is correct from below sentences. I managed ...
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“Appeal from a decision”

This sentence from a wiki page of a court case grates. I have always seen/heard appeal a decision or appeal against a ruling. What does appeal from mean? Tiffany appealed from these decisions to ...
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Which preposition is to be used with the word “evidence”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Whiile Mr Modi said that Congress is trying to erase evidence on the attack..... My personal preference would be to use "of" instead of "on" after the ...
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“playing with balls” vs. “playing balls”

When do I need to use "with"? My son's English teacher said that it is wrong to say: "We played six balls at the same time", that I need "with" there unless "six balls" is a name of game. Is it ...
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Is it correct to say “you have an innovative approach to something” or ”an approach for"? (The recruitment and management of personnel.)

Is it correct to say "you have an innovative approach to something” or "an approach for"? (The recruitment and management of personnel.) Trying to finish English assignment. Thanking you in advance.
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graph description

Originally, the information is presented graphically in a pie chart, but here for simplicity, the part in question is verbalized. In 2003 Travel sector 36% Clothing sector 24% In 2013 ...
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“Best return on your money” vs “Best return for your money”

I am confused which preposition is correct in the statement: Best return on your money. or Best return for your money. ? Which do you think is correct? Please explain.
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Prevail on/upon or prevail of

Dictionary says prevail on/upon prevail on/upon (someone) : to ask or persuade (someone) to do something I have come across following sentence. But nowhere find defination prevailed of I ...
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Confide in or confide to

I usually say I confided my doubt to Mr X. You can confide in me. But I have seen a sentence You should not confide *to* stranger. Is the above sentence right or should we replace confide to with ...
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She has hating AGAINST / FOR her?

Which preposition goes together with "hating" (as a noun) in the following contexts? Ann took Lee's boyfriend, therfore Lee has hating against / for Ann. They have hating against / for ...
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I got this shirt for 10% off, I got this shirt 10% off

If a person gets 10%off on a shirt, then what is the most natural way out of the two below: 1.) I got this shirt 10% off. 2.) I got this shirt for 10% off. I guess #1 doesn't sound natural ...
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words in the brackets? Thank you ^_^

1.The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...
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Difference between “on doing” / “in doing”

While reading a book, I saw a phrase which distraced me. ("on entering the door") And I searched the internet for more information on this usage "upon/on doing". Then I found a very competent comment ...
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It was the first Sunday of / in December

It was the first Sunday of December. It was the first Sunday in December. To me 'of' seems like: 'possession' and 'in' seems like: 'containing'. Sometimes we get to see: Buildings in this ...
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“Start something” and “start on something”

I don't know when to use "start on" instead of "start", ıs there a difference in meaning if I omit "on" ? 1- We're starting a new book in class that's supposed to be really interesting. 1a- ...
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on the truth quest vs in the quest for truth

What is the difference in meaning between: on the truth quest vs in the quest for truth or: on the happiness quest vs in the quest for the happiness Examples https://dictionary.cambridge.org/...
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Borrow from or borrow to someone?

I made an English test and the question was: While waiting for my paycheck, could I please borrow ... A: money to you B: you money C: money from you D: money at you The correct answer is ...
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“ListView”, but “summary of new entries” (not “new entry summary”)?

I had a discussion with my programmer colleague about the word order and prepositions in English. The discussion started when he named one website "new entry summary". That sounded wrong to me and I ...
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Is second one passive form of the first one?

I am to deliver the money . The money is to be delivered . Thank in advance
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One day I [do something] and another day I [don't]

Could somebody help to understand if it is possible to use the phrase in the title in situations when you change you mind on certain subject, for example: "I can't decide on my future career. One day ...
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Behind on/in/- something and behind schedule on/in/- something [on hold]

Which preposition should I use after "behind" ? I am little confused about it. 1- I'm a little behind in my work right now 1a- I'm a little behind on my work right now 1b- I'm a little ...
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Shouldn't there be “from” instead of “to” in this sentence?

I read this sentence in a weekly magazine published by "The Hindu": However we may protest to the contrary, we do judge and remember a book by its cover, Covers decide if the reader will take the ...
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noun of (adjective) worth

Could you explain to me why this one is correct: He is a person of great worth. However, this one is not correct. This is cheese of fifty dollars worth. Their structures are identical a person/...
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Which is correct: “of my own will” or “of my own free will”?

Situation: I purchased a book. However, no one demanded that I purchase the book. Which of the following should I say? I purchased the book of my own free will. I purchased the book on my own....
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Good job “on or in” something

I have seen both being used. But I don't know when to use which one. 1- You have done a good job on this (Context: Your teacher saying this after he examines your homework) 1a- You have done ...
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“put one's attention on X” vs. “put one's attention to X”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: Someone put their attention on X. Someone put their attention to X. Example: As a result of the rapid advancement of neural-network-...
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About “tolerant of”

Alpine strawberries are tolerant of most soils They need to be tolerant of different points of view I think that "of" in each sentence doesn't function in a same way. I mean "of" could be ...
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Can “lot” stand without the article 'a' to mean “so much”?

Thank you for [...]. It means lot! Thank you for [...]. It means a lot! Can the first sentence be used instead of the second one when wanting to give the word a different value than the one in ...
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Using “for” or “in” with perfect tenses

I am not sure about the difference between "for" and "in" with perfect tenses. Is there a difference in meaning? 1- She hasn't taken her eyes off her phone in two hours. 2- She hasn't taken ...
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About correct preposition

It appears from/ through the study that the author is inspired by/with/from historians of Ghazna period. tell me the correct preposition to be used here.
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Meaning of for in a sentence

What is the meaning of for in the following sentence I know him for an Indian. When I looked up the meaning of for in dictionary, I found for can mean because of or as a result of something. So ...
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Which preposition goes with mind? and what is the difference when it is used with strike?

A strange question came to my mind. A strange question came into my mind. A strange question strikes me.
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On computer vs. over computer

As far as I know, "on a tool" means that someone is using that tool and "over a tool" means that something is done using that tool as a way to do it. For example: I have accepted the job over the ...
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What is the difference between “favour of” and “favour from” in the given sentences?

I need favour of her. I need favour from her. in the sentence whether I should use "favour of or "favour from". Do they will mean exactly the same?
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A question regarding the conjunction “when”

I understand that: 1) A gerund is used after the prepositions "After" and "Before". 2) Is it the same in the case of a verb following the conjunction "When"? Does the verb in -ing that follows the ...
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Can I replace ‘failed in’ by ‘failed to’ in the sentence?

I had failed in every attempt to find her. Can I replace ‘failed in’ by ‘failed to’ in this sentence?
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Take data type for parameter

Consider the following sentence: This function takes/accepts/expects integer for the first parameter, not string. Should I use "as" in place of "for"? Any other way around?
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confused between work on /work for/work against/work to

whatever the tactic we had, just didn't work for them. context: yesterday Barcelona lost to Liverpool 0-4. I'm speaking as a Barcelona fan. I'm not sure what preposition should be followed after "...
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Is “A hole for peeping in” grammatical?

Is “A hole for peeping in” grammatical? I am wondering if the phrase is grammatical, because I found it as a definition for "peep hole" in a Hindi dictionary, but I am not sure if this is something a ...
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Why is the word 'is' not considered as a preposition?

I am reading through the blue grammar book and the following is the definition of prepositions- A preposition is a word or set of words that indicates location (in, near, beside, on top of) or some ...
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Using “in doing” instead of “while doing”

Can I use them interchangeably? If so, is there a context where one of them is more plausible than the other? 1- Choose your words wisely while speaking to him. 2- Choose your words wisely ...
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Should we say “in the home page” or “on the home page”?

I've to write the following sentence: In the home page, select xxxx from the xxxx panel. Should I use "in the home page" or "on the home page"?
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'at' or not? - Should I use 'at' in that sentence?

Which of the following sentences is correct, or perhaps both? And why? Standard check-in time is 3 pm. Standard check-in time is at 3 pm.
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Shouldn't there be “to” preceding “be” in this definition? [closed]

I read a definition of the word "aberration" by Merriam Webster dictionaries which was: something or someone regarded as atypical and therefore able be ignored or discounted I think the ...
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I don't have any special plans for this weekend

I don't have any special plans for this weekend. Q1: What is the meaning of 'for' here? Q2: What is the part of speech of 'for this weekend'? Does it modify 'any special plans'? Or does it modify '...
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What collocates with the term login account?

I would just like to know what prepositions are used with the term login account. Do you have a login account for paypal? Do you have login account in paypal? Do you have a login account on paypal? ...
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“Get married SOMEWHERE” in this context

As we can say: He got married into a prosperous family. Can I say: He got married in / to London(spouse's city). And: He got married around / about London. {When the exact place is ...