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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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Relative clause with infinitive verbal form and “from” preposition (“{subject} from whose {element} to get something”)

Let use have a subject, which will refer to as the "parent". This parent can have sub-elements, which will refer to as "child". Now let us say I want to describe the action of getting something from ...
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“continuity and consistency of policies” VS “continuity and consistency in policies”

It is imperative for us to ensure the continuity and consistency of our monetary policyes. It is imperative for us to ensure the continuity and consistency in our monetary policyes. Could you ...
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What's the difference between “walk sth” and “walk + prep + sth”?

I've just seen the phrase walk the moon and I thought it should be walk on the moon. I double checked this in the Oxford Dictionary, and I found another phrase walk the moors. So I guess ...
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Usage of 'as' before Adjectives:

In the following sentence, should I put 'as' before the adjective 'offensive'? I hope you won't take my criticism as offensive. I hope you won't take my criticism offensive. I feel as if the two ...
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difference between she/he is IN and she/he is AT (a country)

I'm confused whether I should be saying: He's in Japan. He's at Japan. They both sound alright to me but I'm wondering which one is more grammatically correct.
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“can simply select” vs “can select simply”

I would like to understand the correct way to use the words simply or easily in my sentence. For example, After the verb, directly: Method A can simply estimate the correct parameters. ...
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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Using nouns with different prepositions

Is the following sentence correct: "I thank you for sharing with me your knowledge of and passion for X"? If not, how should the sentence be phrased?
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Can I say “on the first sign” instead of “at”?

For me differentiating prepositions at, in, and on are very difficult. Now I found the following sentence over Duolingo French course: At the first road sign, turn left. This is the translation ...
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“They seated themselves (?) either side of Harry”

In Harry Potter III, my attention was caught by the following construction: Hermione and Ron were looking daggers at each other, and when they got into class, they seated themselves either side ...
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The preposition for “lyrics” and “song”

lyrics for a song. or lyrics to a song. or lyrics in a song. Which does sound good?
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Is it “be silent about” or “be silent on”?

So I wonder if it is more natural, for US speakers, to say "The writing is silent about this possibility" or to say "The writing is silent on this possibility"?
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Prepositional phrases adverbial or adjective

To be capable of working with people of different cultures on a project without having any conflicts is the ability we must possess. "Of different cultures" is an adjective describing "people" and I ...
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How can I repeat things (fall in the same category) using a comma

Suppose I have many things that are fall in the same category. Suppose further that I need to use a bracket ( ) to add further information. Then, how can I repeat these things correctly? The ...
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“The focus of this section is on..” vs “The focus of this section is …”

I would like to understand the using of the word focus. Do I need to use focus on or focus? Which one is correct? The focus of this section is on introducing something. or The focus of this ...
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“RULE sth OUT ON/OVER people's complaint”

Let's say a government of a country implemented an UNBENDING rule on its citizens that they should pay higher taxes than other countries. You hypothetically say: "if the government rule the high ...
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Do I need to use preposition all time to use 'Check out'?

I was studying about Phrasal Verbs For now, everything was fine but only this thing has been kept making me be confused 😣 He just checked out of the hotel. I cannot use it without a preposition 'of' ...
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The key to my room. Vs The key of my room

To. Vs of I am looking for the key of my room. I am looking for the key to my room. I have just known that the second is right and the first is wrong. However, sometimes it is ...
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Prepositional phrases modifying nouns

"The dynamic development of motivation and self-efficacy in University EFL learners" What confuses me is the prepositional phrase "in University EFL learners", does if modify "the dynamic ...
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What are the differences between “a plate of gold” & “a plate in gold”?

Ok, in cambridge dictionary of: preposition (MADE OF): made or consisting of; having: dresses of lace and silk plates of gold and silver a land of ice and snow a woman of great ...
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can still .. about or can still .. on

I am learning the proposition, about, and on. I still need to improve my understanding. I wonder do I need to use about or on with the word information. For example, The method A can still give ...
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What does the preposition “in” in “I’m looking for a sweater in a size medium” mean?

We can say: The dress is a size 12. The dress is in a size 12. The dress comes in a size 12. We have this dress in a size 12. My question is: What does the preposition "in" in "I’m ...
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“Commonly used to select” or “commonly used for selecting”

I read about the prepositions, for, and to. For example, to can be used with times, directions. for can be used as because of. However, I am still confused about my sentence. I think the first one is ...
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Why need 'from' in “from whence his large yellow eyes glowed in the darkness”?

Harry and Sirius were both laughing; Mundungus, who had toppled backwards off his chair, was swearing as he got to his feet; Crookshanks had given an angry hiss and shot off under the dresser, from ...
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Came back TO the U.K or Came back IN the UK?

What the correct preposition here: I Came back TO the U.K last year from a holiday or Came back IN the UK last year from a holiday.
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to/at which is more appropriate here?

Q1. Which sentence is more appropriate here to or at? I don't want them to come to my house. I don't want them to come at my house. The first sentence feels natural to me. But I was ...
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the category of “as” here?

I looked up the word “as” in my dictionary and got three categories of it: prep. conj. and adv. However, in the following sentence, I think the word “as” possesses the attribute of “noun” or “pronoun”...
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When do i use an definite or indefinite article instead of nothing after the word “of”?

I hear it's not correct to use an indefinite article after "of". But i don't know exactly in which cases it's correct and in which not. And also, maybe it doesn't only apply to the word "of". Maybe ...
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An Adjective for being happy vs an adjective to being happy

I am wondering which one of those are right in the case of the given dialogue or if both of them are so but with a slight difference in meaning. It's an Adjective for being happy. It's an adjective ...
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`Get into a flap` - is it correct?

I've found a lot of examples of expression "Get in a flap" but in my coursebook the expression is said with "into" instead of "in". Are those prepositions interchangeable or is that an error in the ...
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omitting ''as to''

in some sentences it is possible to omit ''As to'' For example; A1)He was uncertain as to which road to take. But , in some sentences it can not be omitted EX; B1)There's no decision as to when the ...
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At/ on the point of leaving

I came across this: The phone rang when Tom was on the point of leaving. As I usually use "at the point of leaving", are both possible?
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'Merry of soul', part of a sentence in one of Stevenson's poems: is it grammatically correct and why?

'Merry of soul' I came across that phrase in a song called 'skye boat song', I have also learned that it's a quote from one of Stevenson's poems. I understand that merry is an adjecctive that means ...
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Student of Industrial Engineering or Student at Industrial Engineering? [closed]

What is the correct choice of preposition here: Student of Industrial Engineering or Student at Industrial Engineering or anything else?
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off someone's feet?

What does "off" mean in "off someone's feet" in the following? The doctor told me to stay off my feet for a few days. They were blown off their feet by the force of the explosion. ...
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“costs of generating electricity” VS “costs of electric power generation” [closed]

to reduce the costs of generating electricity. to reduce the costs of electric power generation. to reduce the costs for electric power generation. I have two questions: (1)is 2) equal in ...
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Is “for to” + verb-base-form grammatical?

We know that 'to' is often followed by verb-base-form, and 'for' by gerunds, eg; It is for cleaning the sink. I use it to clean the sink. Source: FOR-TO (purpose or reason) Is 'for to' also ...
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at or in the middle of the picture

Suppose I have a picture of something. Suppose further that there is a cut in the middle of the picture. So, is it correct to say: There is a cut in the middle of the picture or There is a cut ...
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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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Which preposition should I use to point events in time {of/in/from} [closed]

The Mongols and Chinese both tried to conquer Vietnam at various points ( of / in / from ) second millennium. Which one is correct?
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“Welcome on my website” or “Welcome to my website”

I want to know how to say "Bienvenu sur mon site" in English. I hesitate between the preposition to and the preposition on Welcome to my website! or Welcome on my website! I've found on ...
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Why I need to use `at` with games

I would like to understand why do I need to use at with games? For example, He would be better at tennis if he practiced well. Why I used at here and not in or on?
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The difference between “by themselves” and “in themselves”

Which of the two sentences below is grammatically better (or correct)? Of course, the stories of this large family are interesting and well-developed in themselves. or: Of course, the stories ...
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What does “for” mean in “want a clown for a dad”?

I’m watching Modern Family, and it’s the conversation of Cam and Mitchell Mitchell: We need somebody to pump some life back into this party. Cam: I got this. I'll go in and turn on some ...
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What would be the correct preposition to be placed here? I shall be glad _____ his assistance.

I've thought of using with/for but I don't think it seems to fit in here. I'd definitely appreciate if somebody could help me out with this one.
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Is “Choosing the right course has been treated by me as a key element in developing my interests” correct?

I want to write a sentence, but without using "I" as a first word. Is "Choosing the right course has been treated by me as a key element in developing my interests" correct? Should I put "by me" at ...
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Stripped off half its gear/stripped half of its gear

Let's say you are selling a game character online equipped with 10 pieces of gear. You posted it trying to sell it online. And then a potential buyer messaged you saying: (after checking if the ...
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Which preposition should be used for websites?

Which prepositions should we use when we're talking about websites? For example: Register On StackExchange / Register AT StackExchange Trade ON Forex / Trade AT Forex Answer questions ON Quora / ...
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someone is “in/on” high energy

I'm so high on energy right now. / I'm so high in energy right now. Everyone at the gym is in high energy. / Everyone at the gym is on high energy. Which one is correct or are they both correct ...
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“for everywhere we look” vs “everywhere we look”

The following piece is from Crash Course US history. It is at 6 minute and 40 second. For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. I can understand the sentence; what I cannot get is the use ...