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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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I was admitted in Mathematics

Is the following sentence grammatically correct? I was admitted in Mathematics. I am confused about the preposition.
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difference between “any influence over sb” and “any influence on sb”

I wonder if I can replace over with on in the sentence below and if the meaning remains the same. If there is any difference, I would like to ask for the explanation of it. Her parents no longer ...
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“By night”, “during night”, “at day”… which propositions and articles should be used?

We travelled by night and rested by day. We travelled during night and rested during day. We travelled during the night and rested during the day. We travelled at night and rested at day. #1 is ...
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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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What is the preposition right here? He reached ___ his house at night

I am not sure what preposion i should put here. I am thinking of maybe at/to but i am not sure.
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Why is it “sat on my stomach” not “sat in my stomach”?

repeat 3. (of food) be tasted intermittently for some time after being swallowed as a result of belching or indigestion. "it sat rather uncomfortably on my stomach and repeated on me for hours" (...
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It doesn't on/for/to me(preposition)

Let's say there is a method/way that doesn't work in your case. Like this: spur-of-the-moment decisions do not work for me. Or spur-of-the-moment decisions do not work to me. Or spur-of-the-...
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Colby grew up “on” a cattle ranch in Texas [duplicate]

looking at English magazine, I found a example. Colby grew up "on" a cattle ranch in Texas. why not "in"? ranch is a place, isn't it?
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A day/Month vs In a day/ month

How many times do you brush a day? Vs How many times do you brush in a day? And How much do you earn a month? Vs How much do you earn in a month?
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“For such requests/questions” or “In such requests/questions”?

In/for such requests, you should make the details clear. It gave me a pause to choose between the two prepositions. Which one should be used? Does it have to do with the noun in the phrase? What ...
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appropriate preposition with 'influence'

The influence of three oxidizing systems on/over the reduction of concentration of water solutions of formaldehyde has been studies. What should be appropriate use of preposition in this case and ...
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Can we convert the structure “Noun 1 + Preposition + Noun 2” into “Noun 1 is / are Preposition + Noun 2”?

Ok, see the definition of investment [uncountable] the act of investing money in something to encourage foreign investment investment income investment in something This country ...
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What's the difference between “of ~” and “for ~” in this sentence?

Prepositions are still very difficult for me. Is there any difference between the two in meaning? Prices for gasoline have been fluctuating all month. Prices of gasoline have been fluctuating ...
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Do I need any preposition in front of “the second time”?

I am wondering if I need any preposition in front of "the second time" when I say "do something for/in/at/on the second time" for example,"I hope you get it ... the second time."
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What is meaning of “in…day(s), month(s), year(s) and etc?

What is meaning of “in...day(s), month(s), year(s) and etc? If I make these sentences below, what would be the meaning of them. -In 100 years, people will travel to the Mars easily. -In 10 ...
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“invisible to” VS “invisible for”

Nomination courses will be visible only for the enrolled participants. Nomination courses will be visible only to the enrolled participants. When I want to suggest that nomination courses will ...
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Prepostion after “on time” [duplicate]

What preposition is best in this sentence? I would rather you arrived on time to school. I would rather you arrived on time for school.
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“To take something from…” Vs. “To take something away from…” Vs. To take something off someone"

I've heard these forms for the same purposes, and I'm not sure what's more natural since most of these speakers are not really native English speakers. Which of these are correct? Friend: Do you ...
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Curious about what would happen or curious what would happen?

I know that I am curious what would happen is a perfectly valid usage. What I don't understand is why there is no preposition to connect "curious" and "what would happen", which is acting like a ...
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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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“Translate me” or “Translate for me”?

Which of these prepositions sound more natural in the following context? Translate to me this word to/ into English, please. or Translate for me this word to/ into English, please.?
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“Off” VS. “Off something”

1) Spend a hundred dollars and get 10% off 2) Approximately, on Black Friday you get 25% off any item you buy. As I know, that most prepositions have dual functions: as a preposition if it is ...
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Why is it “gains to trade” instead of “gains in trade” or “gains of trade”?

Standard economic theory (i.e., the Heckscher-Ohlin model) provides the sharp prediction that with perfect factor mobility, gains to trade flow to the abundant factors, such as unskilled labor in ...
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“Awaits for you” or “awaits you”?

Is it wrong to say: Happiness awaits for you? Is it totally wrong to put ‘for’ after awaits ?
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What is the right preposition in the sentence?

I am not sure what preposition I need to use in following sentence: Standard places for labeling of administrative department stickers It's a title so it is not put in some context. I doubt ...
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Why is “on” used instead of “in” in this sentence?

Prepositions are still very difficult for me. Why is "on" used instead of "in" in this sentence? This library has the definitive collection of books on ancient Egypt. I have no idea. Why is that? ...
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Prepositions of Place: “next to” or “behind”?

I'm a non-native teacher of English and I work with adults. On Monday we studied prepositions of place and when my students were working with the picture one of them asked if we should say "The ...
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Wait for tomorrow / wait until tomorrow

What is the difference between: You can better wait for tomorrow. You can better wait until tomorrow. Context examples: "It is cloudy today. You wanted to go to the beach, but you can better wait ...
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Is “in spending quality time” correct in this sentence?

I am in the process of translating my mission statement for my company to English, and I am in doubt: Is the following statement grammatically correct: "My vision is to bring the family together, ...
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The use of “in” or “on” in context

Tell me please which preposition is correct to use in the following sentence. We are going to work the shoulders in/on the next workout. I am leaning towards in, but not 100℅ sure if it is correct,...
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Why say “buy shares in a company” but not “buy shares from / of a company”?

In the dictionary: share /ʃeəʃer/ noun 1[countable] one of the parts into which ownership of a company is divided Friendly companies and banks hold (=own) 56% of all shares in Germany’s ...
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Position of more than one prepositions in sentence

I am a bit confused that how to place the preposition "for". I took some apples for you from India. I took some apples from India for you. The placement of "for you" is correct in which ...
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bespeak of my heart / bespeak my heart

I am creating a joke card for my niece and her film director husband. The content says: "Ah, my Darling, my Drama, bespeaketh my deepest heart this day." "Oh, Truest, I shall, I shall. So,...
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which prepositions is correct? In or from? [closed]

I wonder which one is better: "She is a pupil/student IN an American junior high school" or "FROM an American junior high school"? Thanks a lot.
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What's the difference between wanted and wanted to?

Is there any difference between "wanted" vs "wanted to" for such situation? A: I'm not going to eat a lot this weekend! B: Couldn't do it even if you wanted to, I bet! A: I'm not going to eat a lot ...
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Usage of “in” or “at” in “you can do well IN…”

1a) you can do well at a lot of things 1b) you can do well in a lot of things 2a) you can do well in many things 2b) you can do well at many things I am confused about the usage of "in"...
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“Regarding” vs. “For” in this sentence [closed]

Consider these two sentences I wrote: Relaxation is an issue for interfacial systems in general, especially when there is an IL on one side of the interface. Regarding the interfacial systems, ...
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Learnt something at or learnt something in?

If I say, I learnt something at 11th grade, is that correct? Or at should be used only when referring to places or particular dates?
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Repeating prepositions after not

I would like to ask about repeating the preposition in this sentence "he focused on learning the poems by heart not (on) how to write poetry." Is it necessary to use the preposition with the bracket ...
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I want to reinforce the exact difference between these two prepositions used in the same sentence

I want to reinforce the exact difference between these two prepositions used in the same sentence. I'll go for a walk in the seaside. I'll go for a walk at the seaside. Is it grammatically ...
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“express congratulation to someone for” VS “express congratulation to someone on”

He expressed congratulation to you for your election as president of America. He expressed congratulation to you on your election as president of America. Which preposition is good?
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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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How to use “get late”?

I know the meaning and usage of "get late" in "It's getting late, I've got to go" Now I am wondering if it is correct to use the phrase "get late" in this sentence: "Sorry I got late for school today" ...
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“development of U.S.-Chinese trade relations” VS “development in U.S.-Chinese trade relations”

The stock market is most focused on developments in U.S.-Chinese trade relations, and positive developments around the G-20 meeting. The stock market is most focused on developments of U.S.-Chinese ...
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How to understand the usage of 'at' in “… followed at a walk”

... blood splattered the grass and Hagrid ran with him, up the slope towards the castle. Very shaken, the Care of Magical Creatures class followed at a walk. I don't understand the usage of the ...
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Write my research results to/into conference papers?

I want to say that I have results from my thesis that I already done with, and now I am working on publishing these results in conference papers. What preposition should I use in the following ...
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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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What is the difference between 'to be important _to_ smb' and 'to be important _for_ smb'?

I have read in LDCE for Advanced Learners (2009) that 'when you mean that you care about smth a lot, say that it is important to you, not that it is important for you' and for instance in Face2Face ...
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“award something out” Is it idiomatic?

I find the preposition out in this sentence strange. When we left the office, Sally gave voice to her fear that promotions are unfairly awarded out in our department. Most Google search results ...
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Usage of preposition in “do this TO your computer”, “do this WITH information”

I need the clarification of these two particular instances. Do this to your computer when you finish using it. Do this with information that you don't want to keep on your computer. What rule am ...