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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Filling in the appropriate preposition

In the following sentence I am to fill in the correct preposition A cashier is liable to render account _________ the money received by him. According to the answer provided in the book correct ...
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To: infinitive marker or a preposition?

I am not sure when to is a preposition, in these two sentences below to works on the same way for me, however, avoid is not in gerund. Use good judgment to avoid.. It was critical to achieving ...
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The uses of prepositions

I know prepositions can be very confusing, at least for Spanih speakers. For example: The uses of "in" and "on" We normally use "in" to say: "IN the morning" or "he is swimming IN the river" It ...
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The word 'like' before a verb and after a noun

I'm reading a book by Salman Rushdie (Shame) and came to such a sentence, where I'm not sure to which word the phrase with like refers. ...while that wind like the cough of a sick giant burned away ...
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“of” vs. “from” in introductions with company affiliations

A person who owns a business called BBB Cupcakes is making a tutorial video for a for-fee e-learning platform. The hour-long video is purely a cupcake making lesson; it's not directly an advertisement ...
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When to use of and for?

The following sentence has been painted on the wall in an education building of a major university Harness your enthusiasm of learning. Is this correct, or should it be Harness your ...
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The use of preposition “on” in context

Tell me please If I used the preposition on correctly in the following sentence. What days do you like to go out on? Personally, I like to go out on Wednesday. What if I asked the following ...
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Why do we need to use an -ing verb/gerund after 'when'? What is 'when' actually?

I have a long-standing doubt on 'when'. 1) Is it a conjunction or preposition? I don't know whether it is preposition or not, for every verb after it will take -ing or becomes a gerund: 1) ...
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ON the field or IN the field?

I am confused about the usage of preposition in this sentence: "They work hard ____ the field everyday". What should fill the blank? a/ On b/ In
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Placing “through” after a subject

I wrote this sentence and my teacher underlined it as a mistake because I didn’t add a verb before the preposition “through” Children through getting exposure to media and listening to daily ...
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The use of the preposition “to” in the third conditional when talking about places

Tell me please if it is correct to the preposition to in the following sentence. If I had studied well, I would have been to California. If I had had the money, I would have been to the ...
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Correct use of Prepositions

Which of the following is grammatically correct a) The documents are attached along with. b) The documents are attached in. c) The documents are attached. d) The documents are attached with. Please ...
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Replacement of “in” with “to”

Should I always replace "in" for "to" in Perfect Sentences after "to be" forms? I have been TO America\TO the party He said he had been TO America\TO the party When she comes he will have been TO ...
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Adjective + Preposition Verbing

Everyone wants to be a student of this university because its good reputation is helpful in landing a job when graduating. When the adjective(helpful) is possitive, seems like the Adjctive+ ...
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Move “across town” or “across the town”

He moved across town to stay with his father. Why don't we use "a" or "the" in these situations. As: He moved across the town to stay with his father.
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“Over” means “because of”?

WHO rejects calls to move Olympics over Zika fears. (the link) The World Health Organization has ruled out any change in timing or the location of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,...
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The use of the preposition “with” in context

Tell me please if I need to include the preposition with in the following sentence? I need something to write (with). Could anyone give me a pen?
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Describing the object of the preposition phrase

A: Your cervix is ripening as we speak. B: Mention my cervix again, I will kill you! C: I don't understand why you don't like him when he talks about your cervix ripening. Can I use ...
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“in the corner of the mouth” or “at the corner of the mouth”?

Tell me please which preposition I should use in the following context. Person A: What is that on your face? Person B: Where? Person A: Right at/in the corner of the mouth. I tried to ...
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Preposition in for emphasis

Hi I usually use "at" to inform about a place I am, but can I say "I will be in the school at 8:15 a.m." , thus I want to emphasise that at the time I will be inside a school, indoors. not running to, ...
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Until then or By then

I have just searched for the usage of "until" and "by", and I was confused by these sentences. I've tried my best to tell the difference between them, and give my understanding in the bracket. Is ...
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“He spends a lot of money buying a house” or “he spends a lot of money for buying a house”?

He spends a lot of money buying a house Or He spends a lot of money for buying a house? Which one is correct?
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Which preposition should I use after “The figures”?

I have a question about which preposition should I use in this sentence: The figures ____ (for/of) train and bicycle use reveal a steady drop in these types of transport. I think of should be used. ...
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“Perfect to me” vs. “Perfect for me”

Which one is correct? You're perfect for me. You're perfect to me. If both are correct, what is the meaning difference from those two sentences?
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“Been to” vs. “been in”

I would like to know the difference between the sentences as follow: I have been to Germany twice. I have been in Germany twice.
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Preposition to use for challenge (in or of)

I'm struggling with the choice of preposition to use for the following sentence. Amy enjoys the challenge of doing X,Y,Z to improve her run time. Amy enjoys the challenge in doing X,Y,Z to ...
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“On an angle” vs. “at an angle”

Prepare fish by rinsing it, then patting it dry. Make 2 to 3 diagonal cuts on the side of the fish (with the blade of the knife on an angle facing the head). (source) The preposition phrase "on an ...
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“Take” vs “Take Up”

Recently I wrote a sentence that similar to the sentence below: She took the ribbon But someone (native speaker) suggested that I should change the sentence to: She took up the ribbon My ...
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Enrolling a second major?! Enrolling IN?

I heard a sentence: "Enrolling a second major will increase the career option." But I think it should be enrolling "in" a second major. Am I right? I looked at dictionary examples and I didn't find ...
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Which is correct, to my knowledge. or for my knowledge.?

I was studying prepositions and stumble upon these phrases: First to my knowledge. for my knowledge. Second Go for a ride Go to a ride Third He went to England to a Sales Conference. He went to ...
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Which is correct, go for a walk or go to a walk?

I was studying prepositions and stumble upon this phrase "(1) go for a walk (2) go to a walk" which one from these two is correct and why?
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“lost to the middle ages” or “lost in the middle ages”?

I was reading "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare and in the introduction there was a sentence which was: Shakespeare made it resonate with the most fundamental themes and problems of the Renaissance - ...
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Should I say “in drugs” or “on drugs”?

Which one is correct “in drugs” or “on drugs”? And whats the difference between both. I am not sure which one is right to use.
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Which one is the correct sentence using prepositions?

I am a bit confused here. Help me clear out. Which of the following sentences is correct? 1) We were discussing about the matter. 2) We were discussing about the whole matter. 3) We were ...
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“things are going great with something” or “things are going great in something”?

Tell me please which sentence is correct. Things are going great with the company, so the workers are going to have a pay rise. Things are going great in the company, so the workers are going ...
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The right preposition in this sentence?

I don't trust him. My distrust in/of him is severe. Which one is the right preposition: in or of?
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Plans of vs plans for?

Which one of the following is correct and why? 1) He had no plans of going to his house. 2) He had no plans for going to his house.
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“a second officer on a ship” vs “a second officer at a ship”

In 2005, she became a second officer on Ocean Diamond. In 2005, she became a second officer at Ocean Diamon. Ocean Diamond is the name of the ship. Methinks the first is correct. That is what the ...
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What is the proper use of Preposition here?

I am posting here for the first time. Please help find the correct sentence: 1) Mr. Keanu is not at the committee. 2) Mr. Keanu is not on the committee. 3) Mr. Keanu is not in the committee. 4) Mr....
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An Interview on BBC News or in BBC News

What is the correct way to write this sentence? This is for a post on Social Media. Daniel Smith, CEO of TXT Systems, in an interview on BBC News. Daniel Smith, CEO of TXT Systems, in an interview in ...
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An article about her at New York Times vs alternatives

An article about her at New York Times An article about her on New York Times An article about her at newyorktimes.com An article about her on newyorktimes.com I suspect that the first and the fourth ...
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Difference between “act according to” and “act under”

“In particular, acting under orders caused participants to perceive a distance from outcomes that they themselves caused,” said study co-author Patrick Haggard, a cognitive neuroscientist at ...
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what's the right choice talking about specific time of the day, at or in?

I believe At is used for : specific time and Holiday period and IN is used for: months, years,Decades, century,season and time period. But when I try google translator with both options: At night.......
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“studied hard on” vs. “studied hard for”

I found one sentence while I was reading a book: He did not study hard on the test. Is this sentence correct in reference to the preposition 'on' ? I think the better version is: He did not ...
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Ditched me for breakfast?

I was watching The Santa Clarita Diet and in one episode, a girl named Abby promises to have breakfast with a boy named Eric. However, Abby later ditches Eric to do something else. Eric finds her ...
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Choosing till or before

In an exercise I am to fill blanks with suitable prepositions He does not leave his house ________ 9 o'clock. Answer according to my book is before but I think I can also use till without any ...
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Permission is required + infinitive clause

Is there a correct and natural way to construct a sentence starting by "Permission is required" that contains both the action that requires permission and the person who would do the action. For ...
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Renovations IN/ON the backyard

On the phrase: Next week, renovations on the backyard will be made. is the correct preposition "on" or "in"?
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I shall do my duty by him

In the following sentence I shall do my duty by him What is the force of the preposition by. I think its force is that of agency, but the answer given in my book is direction. I don't know how Also ...
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“In my workouts”, “on my workouts”, or “during my workouts”?

Tell me please which one of the following sentence sounds the most natural: I generally squat more than I deadlift in my workouts. I generally squat more than I deadlift on my workouts. I ...