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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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Climb or Climb to

I am so confused about using preposition after certain verbs. What is the difference in meaning between "climb" and "climb to" ? 1-The prisoners climbed the wall and escaped. (Climbed over it) ...
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“all” vs “all of”

What's the difference between these two sentences? He ate all his food He ate all of his food
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Follow someone down street or down to street

What is the difference in meaning between these examples ? 1-Don't follow women down dark alleys after dark. 2-Don't follow women down to dark alleys after dark. 3-Don't follow women to dark alleys ...
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Do you say the plural TO or OF something?

Are these sentences both correct? What is the plural of boy? What is the plural to boy? Are they interchangeable?
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“Insights on” or “Insights into”?

To provide some insights on how to construct the region, we give the following simple example. Is the usage of insights on correct in the above sentence ot it should be insights into ? Please do not ...
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use of word “Like” in the beginning of a sentence

Like smaller companies, the larger companies, continue to be impacted by the advancements in technology. Can anyone help me understand what function the word "Like" has in the sentence? Is it a ...
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Using “at about” for approximations

The material is processed in the autoclave at about 150 degrees Centigrade. My question relates to the usage of 'at about' to indicate approximate temperature rather than the exact temperature
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Which preposition to use with “access”? “To” or “of”?

I read a sentence which was: Social differences among men and women were increased because of the difference in access of resources or property. Personally, I don't think "of" should be used there. ...
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Which is the proper use of the adverb “equally”?

Because it matters to me as it does to you equally. -In this sentence I've placed the adverb at the end of the sentence even though I'd prefer to reform the sentence, for emphasis purposes, into: ...
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Translate (from) something to/into something

Dictionaries say that when the word translate has its linguistic meaning, we use the preposition into: He translates English into Russian. If my understanding is correct, using to in the example ...
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Should you use “in Fortnite” or “on Fortnite”?

Just so that you understand Fornite is a video game and team deathmatch is a game mode. So here are two sentences: He wants to play team deathmatch in Fortnite. He wants to play team ...
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“I took five days off FROM work” vs. “I took five days off OF work”

I took five days off from work last year. I took five days off of work last year. Which is more appropriate? Thank you.
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Do we need “The” in front of “Istanbul Chamber of Commerce”

On the Chamber of Commerce building in Istanbul I saw that they wrote their name as "The İstanbul Chamber of Commerce". I thought that it is wrong to put "the" before İstanbul. The correct way, I ...
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over/during - interchangeability and difference

I'm considering going to France over the christmas holidays. I'm considering going to France during the christmas holidays. Or I went to my friend's place over the weekend. I went to my friend's ...
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“it depends how” or “it depends on how”?

Is it needed to use the preposition on in the following sentence? The amount of cardio people do generally depends (on) how many calories they eat.
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I go on the business trip

I go on the business trip. Why the above sentence use "on " as the preposition but not "to"?
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WITH RESPECT To time

Generally on time means at the exact moment and in time means within the given time. Example: We should be disciplined like seasons, as they are very punctual. Summer comes and goes in time. ...
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“Why are we going on/ in this side” Vs. “Why are we going by this side”?

Imagine a couple going on the left sidewalk but this side isn't comfortable as the second side is, and then the girl asks the guy beside her "Why are we going ___ this side"? What preposition would be ...
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Is the use of “for” in this sentence correct? [on hold]

Is the use of "for" in this sentence grammatical or not: Its effects can last for two years, and sometimes for even ten years. Should I keep it this way, or should I omit the second "for"? Its ...
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One Son By One Woman

I have a question about the usage of "by" and "with". Let's say that a guy had a relationship with a woman and a daughter was born. That relationship ended, and then he had another relationship with ...
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He is coming straight [ to \ for \ at ] me

We generally use to for showing movement. He is coming straight to me. But Cambridge dictionary says: The dog seemed to be coming at \ for me. Can I use to instead?
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Adverb vs preposition

He is going up the mountain road. He is going up along the mountain road. In 1, up is working as a preposition, while along is the preposition in the 2. Do the both carry same meaning? Thank you.
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Are these sentences correct?

Affirmative: You are in love with her. Question: With whom are you in love? Who are you in love with? Are the both question forms correct?
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“…a pen to write with” or “a pen to write”

So, I have come across a sentence: 1.He brought a camera to take photographs. Then I wondered, Can I use this format and say : He brought a pen to write. However, it doesn't sound right to me ...
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with all good wishes

I wonder whether it is correct to write “with all good wishes of health and happiness”? Is it ok to use the preposition “of” here. Thanks in advance for your help.
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The use of “touch” and “touch on” in context

This issue touches (on) personal beliefs, and beliefs always trumps facts. In this video at 2 minute and 16 second, a speaker used the version with on. But what if I omit the preposition, will it be ...
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Could you spell it out for | to me

Is there any difference between: Could you spell it out for me vs Could you spell it out to me
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from what day he will be back

I am aware that he is on holiday. Can you tell me from what day he will be back at the office? I am not sure whether the bolded passage is correct. On the Internet, I have not found any match with ...
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In/on - which do we use talking about episodes or seasons of a tv series?

What episode does that happen on? What episode does that happen in? When talking about episodes or seasons of a tv series, do we use in or on? They have the fight on or in the second episode?
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Using “on” with “the day (on) which…”

September 3 was the day which I was born. September 3 was the day which I was born on. September 3 was the day on which I was born. Are all of these correct? Do we have to use the ...
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The use of the preposition “about” with the verb “wonder”

Tell me please if the preposition about change the meaning of the following sentence. I have noticed a tattoo on your left shoulder, and I wonder (about) what it means. And now I wonder if could ...
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What is the meaning of “in” and “on” when they are used together?

I have never seen the prepositions in and on used together in any sentence. I cannot imagine what in out would mean in a sentence. However, I recently have seen this kind of usage, and I had ...
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What is the right preposition when you write about limiting choices

Is this the right way to write about choices limitation. Students' choices should be restricted\limited to\in vocational courses. Or Your choices are limited to\in the following options (a or ...
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Give to or give? [duplicate]

Which of the following sentence is correct and why? What message do you have to give students like me? What message do you have to give to students like me?
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use of ''as '' in sentence below while evaluating something

Is use of ''as'' correct in sentence below: Authorized person evaluated my appeal as out of scope .
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candidate in me?

A: Who's going to be my partner? B: Maybe I will. C: But you also have an exceptional candidate in me! Why did C say like that? What is the meaning of 'in' here?
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The correct preposition with name of office

There is a company which has many offices, every office has a specific name, for example, "Mercury", "Earth", "Sun" etc. How do I say? " See you later on Mercury" or "See you later at Mercury"...
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When to use determiners after a preposition?

As far as I know, while using a countable noun you should put a determiner before the countable noun. But some examples confused me. A type of metal button ("button" is a countable noun) A ...
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Using a complete sentence after a preposition?

As far as I know, prepositions are followed by a noun or noun phrase or a wh-clause. But the following sentence confused me because the author used a complete sentence after the "for". But ...
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Meaning of “exclusive+ to, of, in” in the given scenarios [closed]

Both of these albums are EXCLUSIVE to this Pledge. They rapidly became exclusive of others. Any such prices are exclusive of tax. We are always exclusive in quality.
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The difference between “of”, “to” and “for” in these sentences

What is the total cost of attending the seminar? What is the total cost to attend the seminar? What is the total cost for attending the seminar? Are all these sentences correct, and do they ...
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Why do we say *Police Departament* instead of *Departament of Police*?

Why do we say in English Police Departament instead of Departament of Police.
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“at” in “at the table”

This food falls into the category known as nabemono or nabe, traditionally made in Japanese earthenware called donabe, often on a portable burner at the table. (source) Why is the prepostion "at" ...
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Should I use preposition or not

"He held the post () ten years." I saw this line somewhere.It was written there that ten years is acting as adverb.But it seems stilted to me.I think for must be used in place of bracket. Am I right,...
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At about age 30

Is is grammatically right to leave out the definite article in the following sentence? what would change if the word about were not added? At about (the) age 30, Jesus was baptized
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School and subject

Is the next sentence right or if it's not how can we rewrite it? Do you remember the school and the subject you were interested in at? What if we turn it: Do you remember the subject and the ...
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“A way with” + verb?

When using the idiom "A way with", can I add a verb after it if it's a gerund? For example, She has a way with playing cards. The school has a way with accepting only good candidates.
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Should I use “to whom” or “for whom”? [closed]

This is a statement being used as a stand-alone on a website. Are you someone to whom values are important? or Are you someone for whom values are important? Which of these is the correct ...
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The preposition for the verb (avenge) - avenge sb/sth (on OR from) sb

Please comsider the following example: Imagine a mother whose husband has been murdered. She is talking to the killer regarding the revenge! She says: One day my son will be grown up and avenge his ...