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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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“Around {at, in} the middle of March”

I will be meeting him there on March the 16th. But I'm not really sure if I'll meet him on the 16th March, exactly. So, should I say this: I will be there around the middle of March. ? Is the ...
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“as” as a preposition or conjunction

Does ‘start’ mean the same as ‘begin’ in English? My new car is the same model as my old one. Tom’s house is the same size as mine. You have the same pen as I have. In sentence one to three, ...
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The role of “at” in “They felt uncomfortable at the thought of being ridiculed in this manner.”

Which one of these definitions: Expressing the time when an event takes place. Expressing a particular state or condition. Expressing the object of a look, thought, action, or plan. ...
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About the use of “whenever” in the headline “Why Working Till Whenever Is a Risky Retirement Strategy”

Does whenever in the construction: Why Working Till Whenever Is a Risky Retirement Strategy play the role of an adverb? And more generally is it grammatical to follow up a preposition with an ...
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What is the meaning of “The shame of [something]”? [on hold]

I didn't find the meaning of The shame of [something] in my search on the internet and that's why I can't conclude its meaning precisely. I want to use The shame of his book for some text in this ...
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“match” VS “match with”

It was a hard time for private enterprises to expand business as we relied mostly on imports of core parts that not always match our machinery. It was a hard time for private enterprises to expand ...
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Do we see through / in / behind/ by / from the window?

What preposition goes with see something or someone behind the window in the following contex? I live in a villege, and every morning when I get up, I go to the window to look at the nature. ...
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Do we get up -of / from / the- bed?

Do we get-up of / from / the bed? Examples: Pleaee Jon, get-up of / from / the bed. When he got-up of / from / the bed, he saw his frriend waiting next to the door.
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Is it fine without 'in'?

The original sentence: It is recognition of compassion’s part that leads the upholders of capital punishment to accuse the abolitionists of sentimentality in being more sorry for the murderer ...
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In / during the period of one's infancy or childhood

Is the usage of "period" redundant in the following phrases: In / during my infancy period In / during the period of my infancy In / during my childhood period In / suring the period of my ...
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“an idea ___ what I need to do”? (How to fill in the blank)

What sort of linking word should I use in the following sentence: "I thought you might have an idea ___ what I need to do"? I have always thought that the best linking word in the above sentence ...
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Correct prepositions for “named”

What're the common prepositions which can be used after "named"? For example: The rocky island named {by, for, from, after} its large pelican colony. In this sentence which preposition is correct ...
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“Looking for answers in…” - does “in” mean “related to”?

I found a similar phrase in a title where they used "in": Looking for Answers in Life? Although I have read the article to figure out what in does really mean, in the end, I came up with two ...
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“Score on points”

A sentence from this NYT article sounds a bit stilted. Why is the preposition on used here rather than simply "scored points"? My understanding: A person/thing scores (intransitive, active) on a ...
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Appeal “For / Of ” refund request?

We received a refund request from an insurance company. Now I have to send an appeal. So, what is the correct way of typing the subject? is it, Appeal of Refund request. Appeal for Refund request.
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Preposition with emphasis [closed]

Our Physics teacher often emphasizes on the end for a lot of practice. Our Physics teacher often emphasizes the end for a lot of practice. Our Physics teacher often emphasizes upon the end for ...
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By time or On/within time

To gain reputation among your clients, (a) / you ought to finish (b) / every assignment you undertake (c) / within the stipulated deadline. (d) / No error (d) / No error (e) This is question of ...
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Attended to vs attended upon

Which is/are correct. Are they mean the same? The senior doctor attended to the patient very quietly. The senior doctor attended upon the patient very quietly.
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Selecting vs selecting for

See in this sense refers to selecting for variants that do reproductively useful things. What does for function here in this sentence. As far as i am concerned, we can use for when the word “...
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“Below” and “down” preposition confusion in this context

While filling in a form on Net: Down / below / down below the entries you will see a submit sign. Down usually means: towards a lower position. And, Below usually means: at a lower position. So ...
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ration “comparing to” instead of “to”

Is the sentence below correct? It is calculated as the ratio of real errors comparing to all detected errors.
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From / By a different method

I need to send an email to my manager saying I got some details from an insurance using a different method other than calling them. But I wasn't sure which is correct from below sentences. I managed ...
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“Appeal from a decision”

This sentence from a wiki page of a court case grates. I have always seen/heard appeal a decision or appeal against a ruling. What does appeal from mean? Tiffany appealed from these decisions to ...
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Which preposition is to be used with the word “evidence”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Whiile Mr Modi said that Congress is trying to erase evidence on the attack..... My personal preference would be to use "of" instead of "on" after the ...
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“playing with balls” vs. “playing balls”

When do I need to use "with"? My son's English teacher said that it is wrong to say: "We played six balls at the same time", that I need "with" there unless "six balls" is a name of game. Is it ...
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Is it correct to say “you have an innovative approach to something” or ”an approach for"? (The recruitment and management of personnel.)

Is it correct to say "you have an innovative approach to something” or "an approach for"? (The recruitment and management of personnel.) Trying to finish English assignment. Thanking you in advance.
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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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“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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Prevail on/upon or prevail of

Dictionary says prevail on/upon prevail on/upon (someone) : to ask or persuade (someone) to do something I have come across following sentence. But nowhere find defination prevailed of I ...
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Confide in or confide to

I usually say I confided my doubt to Mr X. You can confide in me. But I have seen a sentence You should not confide *to* stranger. Is the above sentence right or should we replace confide to with ...
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She has hating AGAINST / FOR her?

Which preposition goes together with "hating" (as a noun) in the following contexts? Ann took Lee's boyfriend, therfore Lee has hating against / for Ann. They have hating against / for ...
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I got this shirt for 10% off, I got this shirt 10% off

If a person gets 10%off on a shirt, then what is the most natural way out of the two below: 1.) I got this shirt 10% off. 2.) I got this shirt for 10% off. I guess #1 doesn't sound natural ...
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words in the brackets? Thank you ^_^

1.The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...
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Difference between “on doing” / “in doing”

While reading a book, I saw a phrase which distraced me. ("on entering the door") And I searched the internet for more information on this usage "upon/on doing". Then I found a very competent comment ...
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It was the first Sunday of / in December

It was the first Sunday of December. It was the first Sunday in December. To me 'of' seems like: 'possession' and 'in' seems like: 'containing'. Sometimes we get to see: Buildings in this ...
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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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on the truth quest vs in the quest for truth

What is the difference in meaning between: on the truth quest vs in the quest for truth or: on the happiness quest vs in the quest for the happiness Examples https://dictionary.cambridge.org/...
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Borrow from or borrow to someone?

I made an English test and the question was: While waiting for my paycheck, could I please borrow ... A: money to you B: you money C: money from you D: money at you The correct answer is ...
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“ListView”, but “summary of new entries” (not “new entry summary”)?

I had a discussion with my programmer colleague about the word order and prepositions in English. The discussion started when he named one website "new entry summary". That sounded wrong to me and I ...
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Is second one passive form of the first one?

I am to deliver the money . The money is to be delivered . Thank in advance
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One day I [do something] and another day I [don't]

Could somebody help to understand if it is possible to use the phrase in the title in situations when you change you mind on certain subject, for example: "I can't decide on my future career. One day ...
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Shouldn't there be “from” instead of “to” in this sentence?

I read this sentence in a weekly magazine published by "The Hindu": However we may protest to the contrary, we do judge and remember a book by its cover, Covers decide if the reader will take the ...
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noun of (adjective) worth

Could you explain to me why this one is correct: He is a person of great worth. However, this one is not correct. This is cheese of fifty dollars worth. Their structures are identical a person/...
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Which is correct: “of my own will” or “of my own free will”?

Situation: I purchased a book. However, no one demanded that I purchase the book. Which of the following should I say? I purchased the book of my own free will. I purchased the book on my own....
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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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“put one's attention on X” vs. “put one's attention to X”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: Someone put their attention on X. Someone put their attention to X. Example: As a result of the rapid advancement of neural-network-...
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About “tolerant of”

Alpine strawberries are tolerant of most soils They need to be tolerant of different points of view I think that "of" in each sentence doesn't function in a same way. I mean "of" could be ...
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Can “lot” stand without the article 'a' to mean “so much”?

Thank you for [...]. It means lot! Thank you for [...]. It means a lot! Can the first sentence be used instead of the second one when wanting to give the word a different value than the one in ...
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Using “for” or “in” with perfect tenses

I am not sure about the difference between "for" and "in" with perfect tenses. Is there a difference in meaning? 1- She hasn't taken her eyes off her phone in two hours. 2- She hasn't taken ...
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About correct preposition

It appears from/ through the study that the author is inspired by/with/from historians of Ghazna period. tell me the correct preposition to be used here.