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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The way we chose/follow or the path we choose or…?

"the answer to this question will change depending on... [1] the way we chose to solve the same issue." [or-2] the way we follow to solve the same issue." [or-3] the path we choose to ...
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that + adjective + a/an + noun

Is it possible to omit "of" in such sentences. 1- It wasn’t that nice of a host family after all. 2- It wasn't that nice a host family after all.
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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 ...
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Usage of preposition “ by “

I wonder If i can use “ by “ after all verbs as is the case with “ increase by “. For example Firstly Can say “ I got into debt by 1000 dollars “ and second exaple : “The factory produced pens by ten ...
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Work + preposition + noun or work + noun

1- Doctors often work very long hours. (Why not "work for..." ?) 2- He worked the clubs long before TV made him famous. (Why not "work in/for the clubs..." ?) 3- I am working a drug case....
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“Plugged in” or “Plugged in in”

Where's the charger? It's not plugged in in the usual place. Where's the charger? It's not plugged in the usual place. I'm a native English speaker, but I've realised I'm not sure which of the ...
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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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What is the difference between these three sentences

Can you get high by smoking weed? Can you get high with smoking weed? Can you get high from smoking weed? Can you get high from weed? Can you get high with weed? Can you get high by ...
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Usage of “over”

1- "If anything remains vague, it is only because of the dark cloud which has come over my mind." (Context: He has been questioning for a while. And saying this sentence.) What does "come over my ...
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Sat watching far on into the night

In my prepositions chapter I found an example sentence He sat watching far on into the night I don't understand this bold part
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What grammatical error is there in this sentence?

What grammatical error is in the following sentence: Five thousand years ago, the ancient inhabitants of Orkney- a fertile, green archipelago of the northern tip of modern Scotland In the solution ...
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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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“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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Oblivious that something

The adjective oblivious is used with preposition of/to, but in the following sentence I don't understand its usage. Oblivious that an unconscious patient was still lying alone on a bed, staff of a ...
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Shouldn't there be “in” instead of “with” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in my book which was: Thus with the early 1970s the Congress's political success depended on attracting people on the basis of sharp social and ideological divisions and the ...
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time expression with from … to vs between

Which of these two expressions are correct? I studied at school N4 between grades 1 and 4 I studied at school N4 from grades 1 to 4
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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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Concerning the meaning of “of” in “less of”

Which specific meaning does the preposition of takes on within: It was less of a thought than I expected. ? Edit: the original phrase (before the first answer) was: It was less of a thought ...
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walk by/walk along- differences and interchangeability

Since walk along is used to express horizontal movement on some surface, and at the same time it could mean movement next to something- how is it "walking/running along" different from "walking/...
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“On some days” vs “Some days”

On some days she is pretty lethargic; otherwise, she is super energetic. Vs Some days she is pretty lethargic; otherwise, she is super energetic. Is preposition on necessary?
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“Verb1 preposition1 and verb2 preposition2” VS. “Verb1 and verv2 preposition2”?

When we have two verbs followed by a preposition separately, should we omit the first one? I am addicted to and pleased with the new drug. I am addicted and pleased with the new drug. ...
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Preposition + being + adjective

Can I omit "being" in such cases. (preposition + being + adjective) For example: 1- Despite (being) poor, he was happy. 2- He was very fast in spite of (being) terribly overweight. 3- ...
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“Live with every day”

In this quotation: Strange counterfactuals emerge in Vaughan’s tale, as a result of the very real disparities we live with every day. (Context) What does "live with every day" mean? Can I use ...
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people make fun on you is correct?

is it correct to say "people will make fun on/over you" or it should be "people will make fun of you" what makes me to think the two phrases has discrimination/difference is. "fun of you"=here the ...
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Preposition problem

I bought two discounted tickets on Standard airlines to Honolulu Or I bought two discounted tickets for Standard Airlines to Honolulu Out of the two , Please tell me which one is correct with regard ...
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“On the test” or “in the test”?

I know we should say "on the test" meaning performance wise, but does using "in the test" go as well or has another meaning? Do we say: So the kids are able to do their best on the test. or ...
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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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“Ends in” or “ends with” a phone call

I was writing a question on Security.SE and couldn't figure out which pronoun was actually correct in the sentence: This [process] always ends with/in a phone call. The intended meaning is that ...
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Difference between put up/ put on

I was looking for the meaning of "put up" and came across this explanation in a dictionary : " [put up something] to make a particular effort in order to achieve or prevent something : For example :...
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Which one is more appropriate when talking about K-means visualization “about” “for” “of”?

Visuals and Animation are helpful to understand a concept like this which one below is more appropriate? expression_1: visualization about K-means clustering expression_2: visualization for K-means ...
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The preposition 'about' before numbers

Can the preposition 'about' be used before numbers like one or two? Example 1: It employs about one contractual workers in the business. Can the preposition 'about' be used before a range of ...
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Using with and alongside simultaneously

In the following sentence The rise of Mr. Modi with Mr. Shah alongside, and their combined role in the party’s outstanding electoral performances in recent years, have inspired commentaries that put ...
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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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Which preposition should I uses 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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“The place where I work.” or “The place where I work in.”?

"The place where I work." or "The place where I work in." ? Which is correct ? Should I add "in" ? I have problem with prepostions.
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<at> (the) last moment/night

I am confused about using these terms. 1- He came at last night. 2- He came last night. 3- He came at the last night. 4- He came the last night. 1.1- He came at last moment. 1.2- He came last ...
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Based on/ depending on

Are these phrasal verbs classified as "prepositions" ? I came across this page in a dictionary, it classifies "according to" as a preposition. Or they are just participles(reduced from a participle ...
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Is 'to tomorrow' correct?

"The meeting is postponed to tomorrow" Is this grammatically correct? If not, how should it be conveyed?
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Use “motivation for learning English” or “motivation in learning English”?

The researcher also will give questionnaire to the students and interview them to measure their motivation FOR / IN learning English.
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Which is the appropriate preposition: “at” or “on”?

The detector is placed at the center of the brick. or The detector is placed on the center of the brick. If I mean to say the detector is placed on top of the brick but at its center, which one ...
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be ease for when

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - 12. The Search for the Wicked Witch "How, then, are we to find her?" inquired the girl. "That will be easy," replied the man, "for when she knows you are in the ...
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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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Can we put infinitives at the beginning in order to emphasize them?

In order to emphasize the infinitive, can I change its position? Example, 1-) Your brother has some opportunities to get a better education in the U.K, but to go to the U.S, he doesn't have any ...
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Directly asking questions about adjective complements

Can we ask some questions about adjective complements? I was disappointed with your behaviour.(1) Can we ask its question like With what were you disappointed? (2) or What were you ...
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When you are carrying an item, should you use WITH or ON(preposition)

Let's say you are asking a caller if she is carrying a machine at the time. It goes like this: You:Do you have your machine WITH/ON you?(you assume that the machine is beside the caller) ...
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“I study two hours daily” vs. “I study for two hours daily”

Which one is correct? I study two hours daily. I study for two hours daily. Is the preposition "for" correct here or not, and why? If both sentences are correct, what is the difference in ...
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participle or adverb

In the following sentence Agreeably to the terms of the settlement, we herewith enclose our check for Rs 10000. In this sentence is agreeably modifying the adverb herewith? Can I write it in the ...
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uptodate used adjectively or as a preposition

In the following sentence With a view to an amicable settlement, we offer you without prejudice Rs 10000 in full settlement of your claims uptodate I looked up the meaning of the word uptodate and ...
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The system was extended by/with several new functions

I would like to know whether the following is correct: The system was extended by several new functions. Our tool extends the system by a few new functions. I have read similar questions but ...
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Preposition as and in used

I am confused which one of the below sentences is correct. 1.Mohan works in the Hotel as a waiter. 2.Mohan works as a waiter in the Hotel.