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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This ongoing tragedy cannot be blamed (on/for) any lack of aggressiveness on the part of law enforcement

This ongoing tragedy cannot be blamed (on/for) any lack of aggressiveness on the part of law enforcement link​ I want to know what's the correct word for the bracket. I think that either of them is ...
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At minutes in length

I don't understand the function and meaning of the "at" in the following examples. Is the "at" necessary in these phrases? Could it be omitted? At over 17 minutes in length, it is a tour de force ...
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Using a past participle adjective before or after a noun?

Why do "past participle adjectives" sometimes come after a noun( especially when "with" was used before them) but sometimes come before a noun( as normally should come) ? 1- Send the email with the ...
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“Reply about” or “Reply to”

"I'll reply about this later.", is this correct grammatically and right usage of the proposition "about"? or should I have used "to"?
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It's kind of/for you to help me with this

Usually, we use the structure "for...to..." to indicate an infinitive with its own subject. Anna will be happy for the children to help you. (The children will help you.) My idea was for her ...
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“To be back to/at work”, which preposition is the correct one?

I am studying with the "Grammar in Use" (2019) by Murphy, going through phrasal verbs. I found this example at pag. 275. "My holidays are nearly over. Next week I´ll be back at work". Is it a mistake?...
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Time Expressions with “in”

I have seen some examples about using "in" with time expressions. They give some examples as shown below: I will leave for vacation in a month. (Exactly one month from now I will go on vacation.) ...
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A problem related to prepositions

I read a sentence -------- A dent in the door of the car. For things that touch or are found on surface on is used. So can I say A dent on the door of the car. Thanks in advance.........
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Choose correct sentence

He reached the village just when the sun was setting. When just the sun was setting he reached the village. When the sun was setting he just reached the village. He just reached the village when the ...
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“By / with the name” in this context

I use this application with / by the name of X, but my real name is something else. Which is more appropriate? Thank you.
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Is this sentence from 'Merriam Webster" dictionaries grammatical?

I read an example of the word "lump" in Merriam Webster dictionaries which was: When we lumped all of our pocket change together, we found that we had just enough a buy a carton of ice cream. ...
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''In'' before '' Last ''

I had mugged up a rule that we should not use prepositions like '' in '', '' on '' and at before some words like '' Last'', '' every'', this and so on, but I found a sentence recently; 1) Do you know ...
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Using prepositions after '' regret , '' bemoan ''

I give some sentences I saw below ; 1) you'll regret it. 2) they bemoan lack of fund. My question is that if i use a preposition like "about" after these above given synonyms whether it be ...
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I'm available for 7 o'clock - is it correct?

Someone ask for my availability, can I say I'm available for certain time? I'm available for 7 o'clock
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Questions about indirect object “me” being made into “to me” or “for me”

Here are two sentences where the direct object and indirect object is obvious for each, but then when I change the sentences to have the same meaning, questions come up: He gave me a shirt. I ...
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Use of “past” in sentence

Would you be okay drinking milk that is few days past its expiration date? I couldn’t understand how the past is used in this sentence . Is it adverb or preposition?
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Is “in” redundant in the phrase “in during”?

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: The number of civilian security personnel deaths from Islamist terrorism in India, excluding Jammu and Kashmir, was 926 in during 2000 to 2018. I don't ...
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Is “they are by the hill” grammatical?

Can I write: They aren't by the lake, they are by the hill. My son had task in workbook to continue sentence They aren't by the lake, they are by the .... He wrote in such way They aren'...
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''went'' vs ''went off''

A)'She left school and went off with a group of people who were against the war' B)'She left school and went with a group of people who were against the war' what is the difference in meaning ...
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I am going to have a talk with you on may 7 or on 7, may?

I am confused with the order of data, which one I should use?
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Placement of a preposition in questions

In my workbook, I have two sentences: He waited for her on the street and He is apologising to her for his misbehaviour. My task is to make questions to the word her in both of the sentences. Which ...
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Take out — to or for a meal?

In sentences like I would like to take you out for/to a meal. I took her out to/for a meal. should to or for be used? Do these prepositions equivalent here, or do they differ in meaning or ...
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“Cause unwholesome inspiration and impact on viewers”

So I have this sentence, and I don't know if you can say "cause" or if I should replace it with another word. Thank you, thegirlinneedofhelp
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OVER or IN the period/periods given?

1999: travels-50 2000: travels-60 "The figure for travels increased over the period/periods given." When it comes to the "over" in the sentence, is this a grammatically correct sentence? I ...
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on a book due to be published in 2020

In 2016, Forbes Magazine named her one of their 30 under 30 in media and she was working on a book due to be published in 2020. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-lyra-mckee-shooting-two-...
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preposition before coffee

Should I say by coffee, at coffee or on coffee? What preposition should we use before coffee, lunch, tea, dinner? Example: Let's meet up by coffee. meaning I want to meet up with you at a cafe and ...
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By which preposition is “equality” followed:on,of,or in?

I am writing an article to discuss whether a recent reform of college entrance examination in my country equally benefits every students,so I give a title that "Education equality on The New College ...
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“Get {something} through to {somebody}” vs. “Get {something} across to {somebody}”

How do these expressions differ? Does one of them sound more forceful to you? For instance, in the following sentence, does using each one make any change in meaning: What are you trying to get ...
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We are expecting to or expecting for?

Which preposition is more idiomatic with the verb 'expect' when it's followed by a noun, is it 'to' or 'for'? We are expecting to positive changes in future. We are expecting for positive ...
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Word usage of 'ON' in “On they flew through the gathering darkness”

On they flew through the gathering darkness; Harry's face felt stiff and cold, his legs numb from gripping the Thestral's sides so tightly, but he did not dare shift his position lest he slip ... he ...
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“Join us!” vs “Join in us!”

I ran today into a weird piece of English. We were a few colleagues chit-chatting on the hallway at work. Another colleague passed by, and we invited him to chat with us. I expected the invitation ...
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The usage of the preposition “to” in this sentence

Hill grows from having to teach herself new makeup trends and translating them to her viewers. (source) I find the use of "to" in this sentence somewhat strange. Wouldn't "for" be a better choice of ...
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After my arrival to/in Prague

After my arrival to/in Prague, I will send you the message. I am not able to decide which prepositions fit in the context. I have made some Internet research but still not sure. Thank you.
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Is there a preposition that has to be used before "yesterday/tomorrow/today evening/morning/afternoon? [closed]

Is there a preposition that has to be used before "yesterday/tomorrow/today evening/morning/afternoon? Example: I met one of my friends yesterday evening.
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Correct preposition with the verb “bid”

In the context of making a proposal to someone's request on a freelance site, what is the correct preposition to use with the verb bid? Should I say, I am bidding to/on/(no preposition) your ...
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Why is the preposition “in” used instead of “to”?

The use of the preposition "in" in "in equal degree" in this sentence (what a mouthful) reads unnatural to me. Why is in used here instead of to equal degree? Although I am not sure if "equal degree" ...
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Meaning of preposition in the following context

It is highly creditable for him to have risen to eminence from poverty and obscurity. What does the preposition exactly mean here? Thanks in advance,........
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Can we use approaching to

I am trying to explain to my student the reason why it is not possible to say "I am approaching to the beach". It doesn't sound correct to me, but I don't know how to explain why.
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Should there be used two prepositions after a verb?

Now,I have an issue. There is the preposition "away" in English and the phrasal verb - be away. Which sentence below is correct - I am away the meeting I am away at the meeting ? SHOULD I use ...
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“What is the probability both houses will be completed after 7 weeks?” meaning

When the question asks if the houses will be completed "after 7 weeks", someone says; it isn't asking if it will take greater than 7 weeks to complete the houses. "After 7 weeks" means "as soon as ...
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Preposition: its peak is (at) by the end of a/the day

What is the correct preposition and phrase here: Overall, the highest number in terms of consumption of energy is in winter and its peak is by the end of THE day in England Vs. Overall, the ...
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“point me the right direction” or “point me to the right direction”?

"point me the right direction" or "point me to the right direction"? Which one is correct and sounds more natural?
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“run the opposite direction” or “run in the opposite direction”?

Tell me please which one of the following srntences is correct. The player grabbed the ball and ran the opposite direction. The player grabbed the ball and ran in the opposite direction. I ...
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By the side of / by / beside / next to / close to

I was sitting **next to / by / by the side of / beside / close to ** my friend. As a learner all of the preparations means near or close to to me. Please explain.
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Sentence formation

While working on an exercise on using prepositions, I came across a sentence: Dad went _____ (at/from/to) outside to see what the noise was about. Here I am not sure if Dad went to outside... is ...
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“shiver at the thought of” or shiver from the thought of"?

Tell me please which preposition is correct to use in the following sentence. Kate was shivering at/from the thought of being fired for turning up late.
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shine out of/from/in

Corinthians 4:6: " For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ." ...
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“What time…?” or “At what time…?” - what is more grammatically correct?

This question may sound silly, but it has been bugging me for years. If I ask a question about a precise point in time, should I say "What time..." or "At what time..."? For example, At what ...
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Different usage of “as”

While reading the book the following sentence made me interested. The usage of "as" is like the form "as....as" but not the same. + The comparison is made by a noun phrase(no difference) not ...
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On or at graduation day?

which preposition is correct to use? On graduation day or at graduation day? Thanks.