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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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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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“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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'justify their idleness to their intelligence' Why 'to'?

What is the difference if I would say - justify something by something, instead of - justify something to something. Would it better say - justify something to somebody. Why here the author used ...
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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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Get into / get in

which is correct? He always looks at me when I get IN the room or He always looks at me when I get INTO the room
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What's the meaning difference between “the meat of a deer” and “the meat from a deer”?

Macmillan dictionary https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/venison the meat from a deer Longman dictionary https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/venison the meat of a deer I'...
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Should a father's first name be used?

Richard was born in 1885 to Mr Blake and his wife Edith. Is it a better form to express parents' name?
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Can “bed wetting” be said: 'pee your bed' or 'pee in your bed'

Kids wet their beds. So can't it be: He peed his bed. Or He peed in his bed. What sounds right:#1 or #2? It occurred to me because it's said 'he peed his pants.'
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on the job market / in the job market

Student debt keeps rising for a degree that may be worthless on the job market. Student debt keeps rising for a degree that may be worthless in the job market. Is there a difference? As far as I ...
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Shouldn't there be “because” instead of “but” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Ill fares the land where wealth accumulates, but the social and natural environment suffer. We use but while introducing a contradictory or not so ...
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“effort in answering” or “effort for answering”? [closed]

I want to thank someone for answering my question by appreciating his effort. What do have I to say? Thanks for your effort in answering. Thanks for your effort for answering.
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preposition + relative

The lack of data available puts the researcher in a position in which he has to rely on the internet to gather materials for his thesis. I am having trouble trying to interpret this sentence, the ...
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Preposition used for curtains

is ''the curtains are on the window'' correct in British English? The preposition ''by'' sounds weird to me when talking about curtains. I'd say '' in front of'' or ''next to''.
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Is it right that “to adults” is obligatory as in “I taught English to adults”?

Could you tell me If "to adults" is obligatory or not as in I taught English to adults. I was told in school that "to adults" is an indirect object. I (S) + taught (V) + English (D.O) + to ...
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Preposition for terms of foreign trade

Sometimes i am in two minds about which preposition i should use before trade terms such as FOB,CIF etc..Are the sentences below correct or weird for native speakers. I bought theese products as ...
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do we say 'repairs on vehicle' or repairs of vehicle'

what is the best way to say 'repairs on vehicle' or 'repairs of vehicle' Because i get confused on how to use it whiles others use it the other way round
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Which one is correct? “to ask someone for a date” or “to ask someone on a date”?

It is not easy to decide for a non-native speaker, so I want to ask which one is the right one: "To ask someone for a date" or "to ask someone on a date"? Or are both of them correct? Thanks
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shop in vs shop at

If I want to get something when I go abroad then can I use a sentence like "I made a shopping list in Canada", 'I'll shop a pair of sunglasses in Canada' and 'Shopping in CA'(This is the title of my ...
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What's the difference between “onto” and “on”

Are they near synonyms? I always thought that they pretty much meant the same thing, meaning you could always replace "onto" with "on" without meaningfully changing the meaning of a sentence. ...
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“do something around 9 o'clock” or “do something at around 9 o'clock”?

Tell me please of the preposition "at" is optional in the following sentence. Yesterday I went to sleep (at) around 9 o'clock. I have heard a native speaker say it without at. Did he make a ...
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I am not asking for a higher mark in/of your assessment

Let's say you are relatively disappointed of the grade of your performance. You have got nothing against it, not begging for mercy, you are just verbalizing. You say: I am not asking for a higher ...
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Prepositions: can we avoid them

Example: The tasks this layer is responsible for are meaningful to the business or necessary for interaction with the application layers of other systems. Can we omit for in responsible ...
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We make an appointment TO / FOR a dentist or physician?

Which preposition should I choose? (When I want to say that we need to have an appointment for treatment) We make an appointment to a dentist. Or We make an appointment for a dentist. Or ...
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“Break into” vs “break up into” vs “break down into”

I was writing the following sentence: "you should break this long paragraph into smaller ones." For a moment, I wondered whether I should add something between paragraph and into. I searched on ...
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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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Prepositional phrases. Help to sort into the right order

I fill like something is wrong in the phrase bellow. Could someone explain how the phrase in bold should be formed? We talked just as easily as we had in the past, when we would sit in the field ...
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**breeding ground** VS **hotbed** [closed]

Without regulation, the Internet would become a breeding ground for/of crime. Without regulation, the Internet would become a hotbed for/of crime. My first question is whether the two above ...
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You type the words IN/ON the chatbox? (Preposition)

What is the correct preposition here? When you chat online, you type the words IN the "chatbox" Or When you chat online, you type the words ON the "chatbox" *I've seen results of "in" and "on" ...
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You had me at/with hello

In a movie, "Jerry Maguire", there's a famous catchphrase "you had me at hello". And what about: You got me/had me with that frown( that is, you convinced me with that frown, I don't want any ...
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The use of the prepositions “in” and “after” in terms of time

Tell me please if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences. I will do the work after an hour. I will do the work in an hour. I cannot see any difference in meaning. ...
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Which is correct? “…purchased from/in/at your store”

Which sentence is grammatically correct in formal letter writing context? a.) I am writing to express my concern about the laptop that I purchased from your store last week. b.) I am writing to ...
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Buy products from or buy products on amazon

Does "buy" verb has dependent preposition or you just apply appropriate preposition? You can buy products from amazon (website) You can buy products on amazon (website) Which is correct?
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Which is correct or natural, “over a range” or “within a range”?

I created the following sentences: The room temperature can be adjusted within a range set by the room owner. The room temperature can be adjusted over a range set by the room owner. ...
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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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Is (in) the correct preposition in “… the real poverty is in manners…”?

I want to say the following sentence as a way of comforting a poor person. The sentence: There is no shame in it since the real poverty is in manners rather than in money. it refers to the fact ...
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using verb with a specified time

I have a sentence: "I will be dead by soon" And there is my question. Can I use some action adding an adverb with "by" like that. I know that "I will be dead by noon" will do, but what about this ...
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Can “with” be used with “invoice”?

After buying something, I request seller to make sales invoice. But he said that he couldn't give invoice. Upon this can say the sentence below by using "with" in this way? I always buy with ...
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“a book” vs “any books” vs “any book”

I have asked many questions regarding the usage of 'any'. Now I know in questions we use 'any' with plural nouns. Or we use indefinite article 'a/an'. But no grammar book says that 'any' with singular ...
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Which preposition should I choose for “lunch”?

I'm reading kids' textbook. The question is "Which preposition should you choose?" We drank the milk ___ lunch. Is the blank at, to, in, or on? The book provides those four options.
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Why is it wrong to say “We'll meet on next Monday”?

I heard that it was wrong and we use: We'll meet next Monday. This is apparently because we don't use on before next. Is this true and why? It sounds good to me. Is it just an idiomatic thing?
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“London in England” vs. “London of England”

How to write this sentence properly? "He lives in London in England." Or: "He lives in London of England."
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collocation: idol to or of?

I'd like to know which preposition should be used in the following: John is an idol of / to many teenagers. John is the idol of / to many teenagers. I'd appreciate your help.
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Difference between using “of” OR “for”

Im designing an award certificate but not sure how to word it. Option 1. Certificate of Entrepreneur of the year. vs. Option 2. Certificate for the Entrepreneur of the year. Do I write "...
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The appointments were contained inside a decree signed on January

Which one is preferable? The appointments were contained in a decree signed on January or The appointments were contained inside a decree signed on January Do I say in a decree or inside a ...
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Do I need to use “and” to add indirect details

I would like to add some information to my sentence, indirectly. So, I wonder, do I need to use and or not. In this research, and instead of doing A as in reference B, we will investigate... or ...
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Does “inserted on” make sense?

A bar is inserted through a ring. I am trying to rewrite the above sentence such that the subject is "a ring". My example is as follows: A ring is inserted on a bar. Does my example make sense? ...
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Is it necessary to precede this verb with “to”?

Example sentence: I had more important work to do: (to) think about how sell more bottles. Is it necessary to add to in cases like these? Why or why not? To my ears, the version without to ...
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Is it fine to use other prepositions other than “in” for months?

In the following sentence (from Duolingo French course): It is windy, in early April. This is the correct answer and I wrote the following: It is windy, at early April. I found this got ...
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Can “to” mean “that will”?

I recently wrote something like this: "You have reached [name of company], the hand that will catch you before jumping off [some marketing metaphor]." A native English speaker suggested the ...
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What's the meaning of “be good of sb”?

“I should like very much to see her,” thought the soldier; but he could not obtain permission to do so. However, he passed a very pleasant time; went to the theatre, drove in the king’s garden, and ...