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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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“continuity and consistency of policies” VS “continuity and consistency in policies”

It is imperative for us to ensure the continuity and consistency of our monetary policyes. It is imperative for us to ensure the continuity and consistency in our monetary policyes. Could you ...
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except vs. aside from

1. Has this sequence any aesthetic or stylistic purpose except shocking the audience? 2. Has this sequence any aesthetic or stylistic purpose aside from shocking the audience? The first sentence ...
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“They seated themselves (?) either side of Harry”

In Harry Potter III, my attention was caught by the following construction: Hermione and Ron were looking daggers at each other, and when they got into class, they seated themselves either side ...
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“can simply select” vs “can select simply”

I would like to understand the correct way to use the words simply or easily in my sentence. For example, After the verb, directly: Method A can simply estimate the correct parameters. ...
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On the border/ in the border

The petition said an “extraordinary circumstance” was prevailing over armed forces personnel fighting in the insurgency-hit areas and the nation’s borders. The Hindu: 300 Army officers move SC ...
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Usage of 'as' before Adjectives:

In the following sentence, should I put 'as' before the adjective 'offensive'? I hope you won't take my criticism as offensive. I hope you won't take my criticism offensive. I feel as if the two ...
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A construction “of the” and the usage of “take a rest” + articles

1)"This place is an opportunity to take a rest in THE uniqueness OF THE local nature where you can feel Russian hospitality." 2)"You will have an opportunity to take a rest in the uniqueness of the ...
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What's the difference between “walk sth” and “walk + prep + sth”?

I've just seen the phrase walk the moon and I thought it should be walk on the moon. I double checked this in the Oxford Dictionary, and I found another phrase walk the moor. So I guess ...
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difference between she/he is IN and she/he is AT (a country)

I'm confused whether I should be saying: He's in Japan. He's at Japan. They both sound alright to me but I'm wondering which one is more grammatically correct.
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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Changing the position of “for/to”

Let's say that this is our original sentence. I am ready for our meeting. I think the following one is also acceptable, not terrible. For our meeting, I am ready. But if it was I am ...
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Using nouns with different prepositions

Is the following sentence correct: "I thank you for sharing with me your knowledge of and passion for X"? If not, how should the sentence be phrased?
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Can I say “on the first sign” instead of “at”?

For me differentiating prepositions at, in, and on are very difficult. Now I found the following sentence over Duolingo French course: At the first road sign, turn left. This is the translation ...
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Is it “be silent about” or “be silent on”?

So I wonder if it is more natural, for US speakers, to say "The writing is silent about this possibility" or to say "The writing is silent on this possibility"?
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what preposition follows than in the given sentence and similar constructions?

What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than by reading a book? What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than reading a book? What better way to spend a rainy afternoon than to read a book? ...
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Can I use “out of” instead of “off” in “He left her off the team.”?

I can't decide if both sentences are correct: He left her out of the team. He left her off the team. I believe that both of them are all right, but the answer key only lists the second one. I ...
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Do I need to use preposition all time to use 'Check out'?

I was studying about Phrasal Verbs For now, everything was fine but only this thing has been kept making me be confused 😣 He just checked out of the hotel. I cannot use it without a preposition 'of' ...
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“the following August” vs. “in the following August”?

She completed writing her first novel the following August. Is grammatically known, months name are preceded by the preposition "in" Why , in this sentence, the preposition "in" is not included?...
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Usage of preposition in “do this TO your computer”, “do this WITH information”

I need the clarification of these two particular instances. Do this to your computer when you finish using it. Do this with information that you don't want to keep on your computer. What rule am ...
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Order of prepositional phrases after voice change

Q1 - He selles mangoes in the market. My answer is Mangoes are sold by him in the market but my uncle says that I'm wrong , Mangoes are sold in the market by him is the right one. Q2- let them go. ...
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Why is it “to be increasing in” not “to be increasing with”?

I encountered a sentence in a paper. Stock-market participation has also been found to be increasing in household education. One interpretation is that education reduces the fixed costs of ...
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“In page” or “on page”, which preposition?

"Statement 2 in page 172" or "statement 2 on page 172"? I write a mathematical book and need to refer to certain page of another mathematical book.
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The preposition for “lyrics” and “song”

lyrics for a song. or lyrics to a song. or lyrics in a song. Which does sound good?
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Two prepositions used one after the other without conjunction?

Example (I saw it on some page) So, you can see that we need a conjunction to for the sentence to be clear! Which of the following are rewritten correctly? So, you can see that we need a ...
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Prepositional phrases adverbial or adjective

To be capable of working with people of different cultures on a project without having any conflicts is the ability we must possess. "Of different cultures" is an adjective describing "people" and I ...
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Introductory preposition

In making the link between gaming and work, the economists point to compelling data. Here, why " in making" is said? Why not only " making"?
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Is it okay to have the same preposition/pronoun consecutively?

If I write a phrasal verb or an idiom (what do you call it?), is it okay to have the same preposition after? I don't fit in in this world. "Fit in" is a phrasal verb, right? Is it okay to have ...
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What is the as in the sentence called, preposition or adverb clause?

But yogurt tasted with that spoon was also rated as less sweet than when eaten with heavier or larger spoons. I have been always wondering what this kind of as is called grammatically, e.g. adverb, ...
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How can I repeat things (fall in the same category) using a comma

Suppose I have many things that are fall in the same category. Suppose further that I need to use a bracket ( ) to add further information. Then, how can I repeat these things correctly? The ...
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“in the plate” or “on the plate”

I am learning English with Duolingo. One example sentence is: The forks are on the plates. Another one is: I have her fork in my plate. What's the difference between "in the plate" and "on ...
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“The focus of this section is on..” vs “The focus of this section is …”

I would like to understand the using of the word focus. Do I need to use focus on or focus? Which one is correct? The focus of this section is on introducing something. or The focus of this ...
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“RULE sth OUT ON/OVER people's complaint”

Let's say a government of a country implemented an UNBENDING rule on its citizens that they should pay higher taxes than other countries. You hypothetically say: "if the government rule the high ...
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As a preposition

"We can even shut out everything external to us, and concentrate on an internal dialogue, as when we are lost in thought." Is "as" a preposition or an adverb? Thanks.
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Is the transitive usage of “back off” common?

Both of them backed off their verbals, and eventual Indiana pledge Romeo Langford cut Louisville from his list of schools. (source) The meaning is clear, but I find the usage of "back off" as a ...
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working on?/with? his laptop

Given an image above, which one is correct as a description for it? A. He is working on his laptop. B. He is working with his laptop. Or, do A and B have different meanings?
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“since late on the previous evening”

I read this sentence in a book: He has been unconscious since late on the previous Saturday evening. I am wondering about this construction. I thought it should be "since late the previous ...
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The key to my room. Vs The key of my room

To. Vs of I am looking for the key of my room. I am looking for the key to my room. I have just known that the second is right and the first is wrong. However, sometimes it is ...
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Prepositional phrases modifying nouns

"The dynamic development of motivation and self-efficacy in University EFL learners" What confuses me is the prepositional phrase "in University EFL learners", does if modify "the dynamic ...
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“in an era of” vs. “in an era with”

A) We are living in an era of untold opportunities B) We are living in an era with untold opportunities Which one sounds more natural?
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When do i use an definite or indefinite article instead of nothing after the word “of”?

I hear it's not correct to use an indefinite article after "of". But i don't know exactly in which cases it's correct and in which not. And also, maybe it doesn't only apply to the word "of". Maybe ...
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the category of “as” here?

I looked up the word “as” in my dictionary and got three categories of it: prep. conj. and adv. However, in the following sentence, I think the word “as” possesses the attribute of “noun” or “pronoun”...
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What are the differences between “a plate of gold” & “a plate in gold”?

Ok, in cambridge dictionary of: preposition (MADE OF): made or consisting of; having: dresses of lace and silk plates of gold and silver a land of ice and snow a woman of great ...
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'Merry of soul', part of a sentence in one of Stevenson's poems: is it grammatically correct and why?

'Merry of soul' I came across that phrase in a song called 'skye boat song', I have also learned that it's a quote from one of Stevenson's poems. I understand that merry is an adjecctive that means ...
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What does the preposition “in” in “I’m looking for a sweater in a size medium” mean?

We can say: The dress is a size 12. The dress is in a size 12. The dress comes in a size 12. We have this dress in a size 12. My question is: What does the preposition "in" in "I’m ...
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can still .. about or can still .. on

I am learning the proposition, about, and on. I still need to improve my understanding. I wonder do I need to use about or on with the word information. For example, The method A can still give ...
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“Commonly used to select” or “commonly used for selecting”

I read about the prepositions, for, and to. For example, to can be used with times, directions. for can be used as because of. However, I am still confused about my sentence. I think the first one is ...
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Why need 'from' in “from whence his large yellow eyes glowed in the darkness”?

Harry and Sirius were both laughing; Mundungus, who had toppled backwards off his chair, was swearing as he got to his feet; Crookshanks had given an angry hiss and shot off under the dresser, from ...
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Came back TO the U.K or Came back IN the UK?

What the correct preposition here: I Came back TO the U.K last year from a holiday or Came back IN the UK last year from a holiday.
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to/at which is more appropriate here?

Q1. Which sentence is more appropriate here to or at? I don't want them to come to my house. I don't want them to come at my house. The first sentence feels natural to me. But I was ...
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Can I make a sentence with “impressive of”?

Is the word "impressive of" an appropriate preposition? Do you think the sentence is correct: The museum is impressive of its design. Can I make a sentence this way or correct me please.