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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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.
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Meaning of for in a sentence

What is the meaning of for in the following sentence I know him for an Indian. When I looked up the meaning of for in dictionary, I found for can mean because of or as a result of something. So ...
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Which preposition goes with mind? and what is the difference when it is used with strike?

A strange question came to my mind. A strange question came into my mind. A strange question strikes me.
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Confused: Use of Important to and important for

I have seen a sentence in book Bacteria are important to human health I have searched on stackexchange And according to that answer - To is used as : It is important to me For is used as: It ...
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On computer vs. over computer

As far as I know, "on a tool" means that someone is using that tool and "over a tool" means that something is done using that tool as a way to do it. For example: I have accepted the job over the ...
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A question regarding the conjunction “when”

I understand that: 1) A gerund is used after the prepositions "After" and "Before". 2) Is it the same in the case of a verb following the conjunction "When"? Does the verb in -ing that follows the ...
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Can I replace ‘failed in’ by ‘failed to’ in the sentence?

I had failed in every attempt to find her. Can I replace ‘failed in’ by ‘failed to’ in this sentence?
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Take data type for parameter

Consider the following sentence: This function takes/accepts/expects integer for the first parameter, not string. Should I use "as" in place of "for"? Any other way around?
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confused between work on /work for/work against/work to

whatever the tactic we had, just didn't work for them. context: yesterday Barcelona lost to Liverpool 0-4. I'm speaking as a Barcelona fan. I'm not sure what preposition should be followed after "...
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Is “A hole for peeping in” grammatical?

Is “A hole for peeping in” grammatical? I am wondering if the phrase is grammatical, because I found it as a definition for "peep hole" in a Hindi dictionary, but I am not sure if this is something a ...
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Why is the word 'is' not considered as a preposition?

I am reading through the blue grammar book and the following is the definition of prepositions- A preposition is a word or set of words that indicates location (in, near, beside, on top of) or some ...
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Using “in doing” instead of “while doing”

Can I use them interchangeably? If so, is there a context where one of them is more plausible than the other? 1- Choose your words wisely while speaking to him. 2- Choose your words wisely ...
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Should we say “in the home page” or “on the home page”?

I've to write the following sentence: In the home page, select xxxx from the xxxx panel. Should I use "in the home page" or "on the home page"?
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'at' or not? - Should I use 'at' in that sentence?

Which of the following sentences is correct, or perhaps both? And why? Standard check-in time is 3 pm. Standard check-in time is at 3 pm.
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Shouldn't there be “to” preceding “be” in this definition? [closed]

I read a definition of the word "aberration" by Merriam Webster dictionaries which was: something or someone regarded as atypical and therefore able be ignored or discounted I think the ...
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I don't have any special plans for this weekend

I don't have any special plans for this weekend. Q1: What is the meaning of 'for' here? Q2: What is the part of speech of 'for this weekend'? Does it modify 'any special plans'? Or does it modify '...
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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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“Get married SOMEWHERE” in this context

As we can say: He got married into a prosperous family. Can I say: He got married in / to London(spouse's city). And: He got married around / about London. {When the exact place is ...
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Of all those OR from all those

Could you explain why we use OF and FROM in the following sentences and why we can't use them vice versa? From all those applying for the position, Mr. Jamison was the one chosen, as he was the most ...
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To behind, to under

I can be behind the house and throw stones: I am throwing stones behind the house If I am in front of the house and throwi the stones onto the territory which is behind the house, I should say ...
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Open to or open for further discussion?

This is a bit similar to another question already asked but I think the context is somewhat different. I was taking a sample Cambridge CPE test and one of the tasks involved was to change a sentence ...
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“On” means “by using”

Does "on" has the meaning of "by using" ? 1- I cant diagnose mental problems just by using this test. (or just by) 2- I cant diagnose mental problems just on this test. Can I use the second one ...
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Do we wait out of the room or outside the room?

Do we wait out of the room or outside the room? a) She needs to wait outside the room. b) She needs to wait out of the room.
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growth of/ growth in

I know both versions are used, but are they interchangable? If not, when do we use which one? Let's take this sentence: A sudden growth of child's popularity might be disturbing for their emotional ...
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“for the previous day”

A Canadian police officer interviewed in a documentary says: "Both (guardians) on Saturday and Sunday believed that Jonathan was with the other guardian. On Sunday evening the two of them met at ...
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“one hour earlier”

I would like to ask you whether it is possible to postpone our meeting one hour earlier. Does a native speaker find the part "one hour earlier" OK? I want to suggest that the meeting could start not ...
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Is it “live on Facebook” or “live at Facebook”?

There are three prepositions to use with the verb live when describing the location you live at/on/in. What makes the situation here different is that in the previous case your location would be an ...
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Which is correct usage? “…in connection with/to the crime.”

Which is correct? Jones was arrested in connection with the crime. or Jones was arrested in connection to the crime.
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Parted with or parted from

I saw a sentence Radha parted with her mother But it hears weird . Rather it should be Radha parted from. Tell me if i am wrong
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“In” or “on”? Which preposition to use?

Which preposition would be the right one to use in this context? "I have published a number of papers in/on theoretical syntax." Is there a meaning difference?
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What is the correct preposition to use with “corporation”

I see that both "in" and "at" used with the word corporation. Does it make no difference which one to use or each of this prepositions convey a different meaning? A couple of real-world examples that ...
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A letter from, or a letter by?

I am not a native speaker and am wondering what the difference is, if any, between "from" and "by" in the context of a letter, as set out below. I think that a letter "from" may indicate the letter ...
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Search for or simply search

He had lost a ring in the sand and (a)/ I helped him search for it, (b)/ but it was like a look for a needle in a haystack. (c)/ No error (d) In book , it says to remove for in (b)??? But Why??
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OVER / THROUGH / FROM / IN sections 1 to 5 I will explain [closed]

Over sections 1 to 5 I will explain this problem. Through sections 1 to 5 I will explain this problem. From sections 1 to 5 I will explain this problem. In sections 1 to 5 I will explain this ...
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Omitting “the” while using “most” before adverbs

As far as I know, when using "most" as an adverb to describe a verb we can omit "the" . 1-They all cried, but Claire cried the most. 1'-They all cried, but Claire cried most. But when using "...