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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Should I say “She is in the park” or “She is at the park”?

I am really confused. Which preposition is correct? She is in/at the park. They are in/at the park. I am in/at the park. Should I use in or at in these sentences?
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“In” and “on”: How can I decide which one to use for vehicles?

Examples: In a car, van, etc. On a bus, boat, motorcycle, etc. How can one decide which preposition to use? Is memorization the only way or is there a better way? Note: People generally explain ...
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Why is wine made 'from' grapes, but tables are made 'of' wood?

(1) Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. (Wikipedia) (2) Tables were made of marble or wood and metal (typically bronze or silver alloys), sometimes with ...
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“Important to me” or “Important for me”

I cannot easily figure out which one is more appropriate to use: It's important to me. It's important for me. Are they the same? If not, what's the difference?
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Is ending a sentence with a preposition acceptable?

When I learned English at school, I was taught that I should not end a sentence with a preposition. Is it correct to end a sentence with a preposition? To avoid starting a sentence with a ...
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Difference between “in time” and “on time”

I have an appointment at 8 and I arrive there at 7:55, is it "on time" or "in time"? What about "the nick of time"?
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“than I” vs. “than me” [duplicate]

Between you and me Suhani is intelligent. Neither he nor his brother can walk faster than me. Whom did you mean to hurt by your unkind remarks except Sita and me? In these sentence book uses me (...
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Rules for “on”, “at”, and “in”: preposition of time

I have found the following usage of "on", "at" and "in" on the internet. Is there any other exception and/or rule for that? Prepositions of Time Use in for Months: in April / in ...
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Dates and times: “on”, “in”, “at”?

I’m often confused when I speak about times and dates. What is the rule for using on, in, and at in the following sentences? I will do it ___ Tuesday. We married ___ March. He returned ___ the same ...
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I left them (at) home

Consider this question: Where are they (things or people)? Would the following answer be with (at), without it or either one? I left them (at) home I have done a quick Google search and found ...
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(In, On or At) GitHub?

What's the difference between say: "The project will be on GitHub", "The project will be in GitHub" and "The project will be at GitHub"?
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I look forward to hearing from you or looking forward to hear from you?

Should I say I look forward to hearing from you or looking forward to hear from you? I have doubt because I know that the form of a verb is "to+ infinity" without the addition of the -ing ...
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“I've been doing this (for) a week” — When do you leave out the 'for' when talking about duration, and when do you not?

The other day I heard someone say: They've been going out a week; I mean, that's not (a) serious (relationship). I wondered if she was speaking correctly, which is presumable, since she was a ...
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Working in / for / at?

Which is the correct way to tell where I'm working? I'm working in XYZ company. I'm working for XYZ company. I'm working at XYZ company. Or is there any difference in the meaning?
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“Think of” versus “think about”

Could someone help me to understand when I should use think of and when think about in sentences? What is the difference between using one or the other?
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For me/to me, which is correct or better in these examples?

Prepositions are tricky to figure out. I'd like to know whether or not I can use these two prepositions interchangeably in the following examples. It's very important for me/to me to study abroad. ...
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Is it okay to use the phrase “try and”? Is it grammatically correct? e.g. “I will try and answer …”

I read the following sentence in English Grammar in Use book (App). I will try and answer any questions you ask. Why don't they use the following? (it is much common): I will try to answer any ...
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What preposition is correct 'sleep on the bed' or 'sleep in the bed'

Are both expressions correct? If yes, do they have different meanings? It seems to me that I came across both of them in books, but I'm not sure.
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Usage of: 'since', 'for' and 'in'

Which of these is grammatically correct? 1. a) He has been working under my direct supervision since the last two years 1. b) He has been working under my direct supervision for the ...
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Do we say - “in the meeting” or “at the meeting”

I am always confused with the preposition. Can somebody point me to the material where prepositional phrase is explained? Here is the problem I am facing currently. This was discussed (stated/...
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provides information “on”, “of” or “about” somthing?

Which is grammatical: "it provides information on something", or, "it provides information of something", or, "it provides information about something"? Or if all are grammatical, which one is used ...
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“compare with” or “compare to”

Please check both sentences and let me know, which one is correct and why? She compares me with her boyfriend. She compares me to her boyfriend.
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“Stay home” or “stay at home” – which is correct and why? [duplicate]

Stay home. Stay at home. When "home" functions as an adverb, it can modify the verb "stay". There are other examples, such as "go home",but there is no expression: Go to home. So I wonder ...
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“on”, “at”, “in” as preposition of location [closed]

I have found the following usage of "on", "at" and "in" on the internet. Is there any other exception and/or rule for that? Preposition of Place Use in for Enclosed place: in a room / ...
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When to use “of”, “in” and “at”?

I never know how to use prepositions like of, in or at. What's the rules for each one of then? My last doubt was about this sentence: Order of importance Order in importance Order at importance ...
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Right use of prepositions in, on, under in relation to water

The dictionaries do not provide good enough answers for the right use of these prepositions in the following context: The man is IN the water. The man is under the water. The man is below the water. ...
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Redundant prepositions?

This is a tooltip in an application: Identifies the site name to which the GL code belongs to. Can I say that it is incorrect to use "to" twice here and we should remove 1 of them? Other examples:...
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It's been too hot the last / the past few days

Is it grammatically wrong to say It's been too hot in the last / the past few days It's been too hot for the last / the past few days I saw this following sentence also, can we omit in it?...
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Difference between (in / for / ∅ / during / over) the (past / last) three years

Microsoft has steadily improved its operating cash flows in the past three years. Microsoft has steadily improved its operating cash flows in the last three years. Microsoft has steadily ...
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Double preposition?

I am reading a journal and found a sentence which seems wrong. The sentence is, It is apparent that the errors originate from outside the model. This sentence used from and outside together ...
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Why do we have to use 'to' instead of 'will'?

I saw the sentence like Donald Trump to run for president next month. in the newspaper on the internet. But I don't know why we have to use to instead of will. Is there any rule I don't know? ...
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“It's an interesting topic for me” versus “It's interesting to me”: Does it really matter?

I've just caught myself out twice by writing something down as being interesting for me! This is a typical Italian mother-tongue error, but Italian is not my first language. It used to be English, but ...
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“To your left” versus “on your left”

There is a security camera on the building to your left There is a security camera on the building on your left Is there any real difference in meaning here? Which sounds more natural to native ...
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“nearby” (close by) as an adjective, a preposition, or an adverb

Would you show me if there could be any potential difference semantically between the two? Please, would you possibly take into account the bounds of possibility that the word "nearby" in the ...
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Why is a preposition sometimes optional?

This question arises after seeing this thread. Consider the following sentences - There is no point discussing this here (Between "point" and "discussing", there is a "in" and that is ...
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What is the difference between 'located in' and 'located on'?

I am solving the TOEIC workbook, by the way, I faced conflict that doesn't match meaning I knew. The problem is The newest branch of the library is located in/on Pine Street. I think either 'in' ...
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by doing it VS. in doing so

Although I almost know what in doing so means, actually, I am wondering whether or not by doing this/that et cetera, could mean the same meaning as the former. Thanks in advance
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Which is the correct tense to use with 'by'?

I gave him the money by 6 PM. I had given him the money by 6 PM. I can't spot the difference between them and both seem right, but I was told the first one is wrong. Can anyone say, why? Here is a ...
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discerning between until and by

The 10th and last round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna in a bid to strike a final deal. However, after the sides failed to agree on a final deal they decided ...
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She has been oversleeping on or in the train and missing her stops - which is the correct preposition?

She has been oversleeping on the train and missing her stops. She has been oversleeping in the train and missing her stops. Which is the correct preposition in the sentences above?
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where do people say ON the weekend (geographically speaking)?

I've always been taught to say AT the weekend, not ON the weekend, but recently I've come across the following sentence: Clifton's very crowded ON the weekend. It makes me wonder where native ...
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How to use “by” and “until” in these specific contexts?

I've watched 10 movies until now. He should have been here by now I think in the first sentence, "by" doesn't work and using it will not be idiomatic. This applies to the using "until" in later ...
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AS meaning in this sentences

"As a beginner, I am happy that I learned a new thing." You will recognize this as your DoReMi-s.(https://youtu.be/n2z02J4fJwg at 4:52) What is the meaning of the "AS" there and when do we use that? ...
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Which preposition goes better for computer system?

When we say something in specified operating system, which preposition should I use? e.g. I play games {in/on/under} Windows.
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Omission of “that” (in this text)

I'm trying to re-write published newspaper articles for practice writing. The original reads: We seem to forget that we all have some rights over the government. The government has come into being ...
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What is the difference between “talk to” and “talk with”?

Does the meaning of "talk to" and "talk with" relate to their one-side or two-side conversation?
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“Of” being used instead of “have” [duplicate]

Recently I've seen many people on Twitter use "of" instead of "have". Eg. Ben Stokes tweeted after the world cup final, " So proud to of represented my country in a world cup final" I don't want to ...
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What's the difference between “go”, “go to”, and “go to the”?

I want to apply for a job in the US in one or two years and now I'm trying to learn English grammar. I remember that I once read in a book the following sentences: I'm going home. I'm going to school....
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Between or Among

Sentence A feasibility survey has now been completed in India to establish a network to felicitate contacts between small and medium enterprises. What is the right form? Between small ...
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Difference between “As For” and “As To”

1a. an explanation as for what happened 1b. an explanation as to what happened 2a. As for funding, the committee might have a meeting to address that. 2b. As to funding, the committee might have ...