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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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Usage of preposition “ by “

I wonder If i can use “ by “ after all verbs as is the case with “ increase by “. For example Firstly Can say “ I got into debt by 1000 dollars “ and second exaple : “The factory produced pens by ten ...
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“advantage of ” VS “advantage with”

Another important advantage with the Mobile Miner is the fact that it can produce tunnels at the same cost as drill and blast, but the efficiency is higher due to the continuous excavation. Another ...
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“nothing new to” VS “nothing new for”

Mechanical rock-cutting systems are certainly nothing new to us. Mechanical rock-cutting systems are certainly nothing new for us Which preposition is proper? Are there other alternatives?
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She was sitting to/on/at his left

She was sitting to/on/at his left. Which preposition should I use in this context? Do they mean the same thing? I found this post on the difference between "at" and "on", which gave me some clues ...
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Should I say “question of Math knowledge” or “question about Math knowledge”?

I feel very difficult to pick the proper preposition. For example, I want to describe some question in a Math quiz. Should I say "question of Math knowledge" or "question about Math knowledge"? Is ...
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“at” in “at the table”

This food falls into the category known as nabemono or nabe, traditionally made in Japanese earthenware called donabe, often on a portable burner at the table. (source) Why is the prepostion "at" ...
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“I'll never pray to a God since my butt issues”

I'll never pray to a God since my butt issues. The usage of 'since' drew my attention and puzzled me. I don't understand why it was used here and whether it was a substitute for either 'because of'...
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Using “to” or “for” or not

I have came across a sentence made without "for" or "to", therefore I have a little confused. The sentence is: It can help you maintain a healthy weight. Don't we need to use preposition ...
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Is LESS is a Adjective or Adverb in the particular context

You are paying less attention to your studies than you used to do. What is “less” in this sentence? A. Noun B. Verb C. Adverb D. Adjective I was studying English mcqs at a particular website which ...
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throughout / during / over / in the course of

Some dictionaries say "the course of" can be used with "over," "in," "during," and "throughout." I'm wondering if there's any difference among these options. For example, if event A happened ...
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Can I use “out of” instead of “off” in “He left her off the team.”?

I can't decide if both sentences are correct: He left her out of the team. He left her off the team. I believe that both of them are all right, but the answer key only lists the second one. I ...
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I have a question about prepositon in the sentence

When you are in a exam,you should avoid doing noises. Is this preposition usage right?
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What's the difference in using prepositions of place?

I've faced with two confusing examples in my English course: Notice at the restaurant: "Dogs must not be taken to the restaurant" and Notice in a picture gallery: "Cameras, sticks and umbrellas ...
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Proper use of preposition of

According to the Oxford advance learner's dictionary risk is often succeeded by of. But in the sentence Failure to take sustainable and urgent measures will inflict long-term harm on public ...
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How do I express 'a square' with a specific length of its side?

How do I put articles and prepositions into the following expression, please? A square with [a/the/nothing] side [of/with] [a/the/nothing] length [of/nothing] 42 In my native language (Slovak) it ...
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repeating prepositions in a sentence sounds more or less natural?

Does repeating prepositions in a sentence sound more or sound less natural? For example in the following example, What sounds more natural? This dog likes to yawl and hiccup. or This dog ...
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“made him” or “made for him”

Ann made (for) him a cup of tea. He drank the tea Ann had made (for) him. Are both sentences correct, with or without "for? If yes, is there any difference in register?
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“In” vs. “Since” in “She has graduated in/since 1990”

She has graduated [in / since] 1990. This sentence is in my homework and I don't know which answer I should choose. Choosing since doesn't make the sentence meaningful I think the correct answer is ...
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Apply a model to or for?

In this research, two types of assessment models have been applied for/to the sample. Do we apply a model to or for something in research? Or shall I paraphrase it? In this research, two types ...
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Why did Mick Jagger sing “I'm waiting on a friend”?

Why did Mick Jagger sing "I'm waiting on a friend" Why didn't he sing "I'm waiting for a friend" As I understand it if you are waiting on somebody you are working as a waiter or waitress.
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Chuseok is a big holiday in Korea

Chuseok is a big holiday in Korea. Chuseok is a big holiday of Korea. Can we use both sentences? What is the difference between 'in Korea' and 'of Korea'? Does 'in Korea' modify 'a big holiday'? ...
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Is 'to get enough time ON everything' grammatically correct?

I have come across the following sentence in Activate Level A2 by Carolyn Barraclough, Elaine Boyd, Suzanne Gaynor, Megan Roderick, Mary Stephens: The only bad thing was that it was very busy so we ...
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difference between phrases “at the moment” and “for the moment”?

Is there any difference between the following sentences? We do not know what dark matter is at the moment. We do not know what dark matter is for the moment. I cannot see any diffetence. Is ...
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Why is it 'a ticket _to_ the cinema' but 'a ticket _for_ a/the concert'?

I wonder if there is any difference in meaning between prepositions 'to' and 'for' in the examples above, if that is the case, what is it? Are they interchangeable? I have checked the site for ...
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Why do we need “Off” after verbs (not phrasal)?

Sometimes I read a verb (or adverb) and I get the complete meaning yet I find "Off" (or some other prepositions) follows the verb or adverb. For example, In the following sentences why do we need an ...
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All vs. For all

According to the fourth edition of English Grammar in Use by R.Murphy, we can't use for + all: However, I can often hear people use for + all. They might say, for example: I wanted to remember it ...
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Confusion between “where” and “with”

When I am reading some articles related to engineering or mathematics, I see many times the usage of "where" and "with" interchangeably. For example, f is the utility function mapping from S to R, ...
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“to the benefit of” VS “for the benefit of”

Bringing both organizations together allows us to capitalize on the best of both companies, to the benefit of facilities across China and beyond.” Bringing both organizations together allows us to ...
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What subjects did you do in year 12 or what subjects did you do for year 12?

is it What subjects did you do in year 12 or what subjects did you do for year 12? Thanks!
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“on the hunt for” VS “in the hunt for”

A company is on the hunt for best minds A company is in the hunt for best minds I have seen two different prepositions preceding "hunt", namely in and on. Which one should I choose when I want ...
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Should we always use “between” with “and”? What about using “between” with “or”?

I know I can say I have to choose between A and B. I am wondering if I can say something like: I have to quickly decide between doing it now or tomorrow. And generally speaking, is it correct ...
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Preposition - when do i have to use preposition the end a sentence? [duplicate]

I am new and i would like to understand the rule of when do i have to use preposition the end a sentence? I have problem when to use this rule of sentence... Example I want to know where he came **...
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Happy birthday 'for' or 'to' sb?

Can I put 'for' after 'Happy birthday'? I don't know why it is not suitable.
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“decline by 20%” or “declined 20%”?

Shares of energy firms in the index declined 1.6% as oil prices slumped (source) I somehow feel like there should be a preposition after "declined" marking the degree of the decline. Shouldn't it be "...
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down: along or towards a lower point? [duplicate]

While driving down the street, Carlos sees a girl on a bicycle. Is it correct to assume that Carlos was driving along the street if the context didn't provide any information about the landscape? Or ...
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I can use “of” in this sentence?

I found a following sentence in my TOEIC training book. For most of our investing clients, stable stocks from renowned companies are usually ideal. My question is, Can I use "of" in this case? I ...
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The video filmed “ON” the phone or “BY” the phone

I saw the Pixel introduction video by google and there was a clip showed that it was Filmed on Pixel 3. I wonder that why it was on rather than "by". And "by" is a correct way to describe it ? ...
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“by passenger volume” VS “in passenger volume”

The busiest port by passenger volume is the Port of Miami in the U.S. The busiest port in passenger volume is the Port of Miami in the U.S. The busiest port in terms of passenger volume is the ...
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“Trapped for so long” vs. “Trapped so long”

They had been trapped so long that their first priority was to get medical attention Is sentence correct or not? I know 'trapped for so long' is very correct, but I wonder if the sentence is ...
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“what year” or “in what year”? [closed]

Tell me please which question is correct: What year did the song come out? In what year did the song come out?
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“challenge for” VS “challenge with”

One of the main challenges with advanced knee and ankle devices is the development of a robust sealing system for their hydraulic cylinders. One of the main challenges for advanced knee and ankle ...
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Confusions of or in?

I am not sure which of the following sentences sounds more natural/correct. Confusions of my head are driving me crazy Or Confusions in my head are driving me crazy Any help is appreciated. ...
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“environment in” VS “environment of”

Moves are underway to improve the working environment in the casting workshop in Shanghai. Moves are underway to improve the working environment of the casting workshop in Shanghai. The text ...
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question about “In” vs “For”

The agency expects the U.S. will continue to produce more oil than Russia and Saudi Arabia for the rest of this year. My question is, can I use "in the rest of this year", it is correct? What are the ...
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Using a single preposition with multiple conjunctions

I found this in a passage: Recall that the prime subfield of a field is the smallest subfield, and is isomorphic to Fp for some p or to Q. I noticed that every time the conjunction ( in above ...
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“People over age 35” or “people over the age 35” or “people over the age of 35”

The greatest beneficiaries have been rich people and people over age 35. This is a sentence I am writing. I feel uncertain about the noun phrase at the end. I know these two versions should be correct:...
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“a reduction of ” VS “a reduction in”

That has led to a reduction of CO2 emissions by approximately 425 tonnes per year That has led to a reduction in CO2 emissions by approximately 425 tonnes per year. That has led to a reduction of ...
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Usage of “to” vs “onto” with verb “send”

I just received a mail from someone about forwarding a document to a third person. I found this sentence: ...can you send it onto Amy for review?... But I would write ...can you send it to Amy for ...
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Between X with Y

I have recently come across a strange phrase and wanted to know if it might be correct. A comparison between X with Y The with in this sentence feels very strange. thanks for helping me out. ...
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Using the correct word: IN or OUT OF

According to Longman Contemporary Dictionary, out of is used to show how large a part of a group you are talking about, e.g. Nine out of ten students pass the test first time. However, I ...