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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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Why does the car zoom “down” the road? Why do we use the preposition “down”?

I just learning English from magazine. Today I learned a word about "zoom" , that means moving so fast. There's an example with this word. The car zoomed down the highway. For this, I don't ...
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Difference between 'at' and 'in'

Is at used for a small town while in is used for a big city/country? Take the following examples: I'm at home I'm at Houston. I'm in Texas I'm in Ghana
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preposition choice: refill of or on? [closed]

I'd like to know whether "of" or "on" should be used in the following in a restaurant setting: Do you offer free refills of / on coffee? I'd appreciate your help.
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“Throw out of…” or “throw out from…”?

I wonder which version is correct? Correct me if I am wrong. I was thrown out from the place or I was thrown out of the place For example, I am at my friend's house and my friend has a ...
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“recovery in the economy” VS “recovery of the economy”

Despite the sluggish recovery in the economy, XYZ posted better-than-expected results. Despite the sluggish recovery of the economy, XYZ posted better-than-expected results. Which prepostion is ...
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Is preposition “OF” required in the given sentence?

I happen to came across below stated sentence in an English preposition book. "This photo is her with her best friend." I assume, that grammatically correct sentence should be: "This photo is of ...
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“tariff hike on $200 billion of imports ” VS “tariff hike on $200 billion in imports ”

The US agreed to postpone a tariff hike on $200 billion of imports from China until March 1 as both sides try to strike a deal over issues such as the alleged theft of intellectual property and ...
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Is “at the middle” ever correct?

A sentence from a Wikipedia page reads: At the middle of the film, Scorsese turned to Bauer and told him, "You guys are great – but be prepared, because they're going to hate it in Hollywood... ...
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Preposition To after a noun [duplicate]

Today I read in Wall Street Hournal next title: Wells Fargo to Pay States About $575 Million to Settle Customer Harm Claims Why do they use “to” after Wells Fargo? Was there omitted something?
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“leave to future generations” VS “leave for future generations”

By making such fiscal investment, we will be able to leave a valuable asset to our future generations By making such fiscal investment, we will be able to leave a valuable asset for our future ...
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“factory for producing aluminium strips” VS “factory to produce aluminimum strips” [duplicate]

A initiates discussions with B to build a factory for producing aluminium strips. A initiates discussions with B to build a factory to produce aluminium strips. I am not certain whether this is ...
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What is the difference of “It is September” and “It is in September”?

What is the difference between these two sentences: It is September. It is in September. There seems a difference, but I don't know it. When to use the one over the other?
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Nullified the deportation rule ON/TO/FOR her

Let's say your aunt got deported by the U.S government. Few weeks later, she came back, as the gov't has nullified the deportation rules because your aunt gave birth in the U.S.A (more like mandatory ...
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Make clear where the reply should be given

As part of a task I make, I sometimes use a site I moderate to contact the users, asking them to reply on a specific page on that site (the one I link). In some cases, I get a message via email, and ...
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What does “in more than two years” mean exactly in this sentence?

In the following sentence The ceasefire's one of the agreements that was reached this past week in Sweden where the two sides fighting Yemen's war have been meeting. They've been having their first ...
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Why “on” is the only preposition for “weekdays”? Why not “in”?

Everywhere I have read that the correct preposition is on for weekdays. Would it still be OK to say: "Monday is the hardest in weekdays"?
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What's the order of the two events with “until”?

I don't quite understand an answer from the other site: But if the time expires until the process releases the spinlock, the process is moved to the waiting state, allowing ... So is that the time ...
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“Contrary of current”?

Peter Handke commands one of the great German-language prose styles of the postwar period, a riverine rhetoric deep and swift and contrary of current. (source) I find this phrase "contrary of current"...
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Brief background “to” or “on” subject

I am writing a presentation which should include an outline. I would like to present a short background for my subject. However, I just wonder how to express my outline in correct English writing. ...
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How to understand the use of “to” in “rolling up the magazine to continued gales of laughter from the Slytherins”

... Harry could feel his face burning. Snape was pausing at the end of every sentence to allow the Slytherins a hearty laugh. The article sounded ten times worse when read by Snape. Even Hermione was ...
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“What do you do IN / AT / ON the music lessons”

My younger relative sent me a question that he has in his homework: "What do you do_______ the music lessons" a) on b) in c) at I told him that I think the correct answer is the preposition "in" ...
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“of” with measurement expressions

I'd like to know whether "of" is properly used in the following sentences: John bought a rope of between 10 and 20 cm. John bought a rope between 10 and 20 cm. John bought a rope of between ...
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use “in” twice + correct preposition (and/or)

I have written down a set of similar sentences below. (1) There are no lights in the storage room and in the living room. (2) There are no lights in the storage room and the living room. (3) There ...
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“We can pay to” Vs. “We can pay”

Is it necessary to use the preposition 'to' in the following sentence or we can omit it? We can pay to Boris tomorrow. By omitting it'll be: We can pay Boris tomorrow.
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satisfaction- couldn't be better WITH or WITHOUT?

Which is it correct to say when expressing satisfaction of what I have done? My life couldn't be any better with all that I have experienced ... My life couldn't be any better without all that I ...
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“instead of” Vs. “instead to”

Is the usage of "instead to" instead of "instead of" is correct? For example: I ran to the university instead to the park. instead of: I ran to the university instead of the park.
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“The hotel at which we stayed” & “The hotel in which we stayed”

Are both of them correct? If they are, what's the difference? The hotel at which we stayed The hotel in which we stayed
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Tell someone of something vs tell someone something

He told me of the story. He told me the story. Isn't it certain that he said to me the whole story in the 1st unlike in the 2nd? I think that the main difference between the two sentences ...
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Can you say “raise awareness about something”?

As the title says, I was wondering whether it would be correct/okay to say "raise awareness about an issue". Specifically the about is leaving me confused. I guess you could use of or for (can you?), ...
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We are disappointed of someone / disappointed from someone / disappointed in someone?

When someone makes us disappointed. What preposition should we use idiomatically? In other words what are we? We are disappointed of him. or We are disappointed from him. or We are ...
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be questioned of, be asked of

I was questioned of my validity of being there with my child in surgery. I was questioned of who I was. I was asked of my job history and provided a detailed description. I've come across the ...
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(for) part/most/all of next year

(1) I will be free (for) part of next year. (2) I will be free (for) most of next year. (3) I will be free (for) all of next year. Which one is grammatical: with or without for?
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Why “ask someone on something” impossible?

There are similar verbs to "ask" in meaning or structure, such as "question" and "advise". Both verbs can take "on" as in the examples below, but why do native speakers feel "on" very unnatural only ...
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Using verb 'quantify' to express numeric result

How would it be correct to use the verb 'quantify' followed by the result of something being quantified? For example: My passion for learning can be quantified to/in five years of education
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“war on” or “war against” and “war for”

we have waged a war against smog. we have waged a war on smog. If I want to figuratively convey the message we have started to tackle air pollution, smog in particular, which preposition should ...
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“outlook” VS “prospects”

Some people are concerned about the outlook of China-US relations. Some people are concerned about the prospects of China-US relations. In my dictionary avaliable in Chinese, outlook and ...
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“in the next” is correct sometimes?

Today I thought of the possibility of an existence of a correct sentence that has the following words "in the next", because it seems to me now not logic to have such sentence since it has a needless ...
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“painful on the eyes” or “painful to the eyes”

The Goblet of Fire now shone more brightly than anything in the whole Hall, the sparkling bright, bluey-whiteness of the flames almost painful on the eyes. I feel "painful to the eyes" might be ...
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How to remind a colleague about myself? Business phrases

I will delete my question later. How to remind a colleague about myself? Which option is correct? I just want to make sure you don't forget about (or on?) my request to send a photo. I would ...
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Word choice between before and until

You cannot harm me before you have strong evidence. You cannot harm me until you have strong evidence. I think 1. is more natural than 2. Am I right? Maybe 2. isn't correct at all. Is it so?
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“By a month” Vs. “in a month”

What's the difference between these two sentence? He's sure that he'll speak French fluently in a month. Vs. He's sure that he'll speak French fluently by a month.
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Furious with vs at

I was furious at her. Vs I was furious with her. Also I am angry at him. Vs I am angry with him. What’s the difference?
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over/during - interchangeability and difference

I'm considering going to France over the christmas holidays. I'm considering going to France during the christmas holidays. Or I went to my friend's place over the weekend. I went to my friend's ...
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The usage of “on” and “in”

I am trying to write a sentence, but I am not sure should I put "in" or "on". Or is it fine to put either one of them? James spends his family fortune on his opulent lifestyle. James spends ...
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“Why are we going on/ in this side” Vs. “Why are we going by this side”?

Imagine a couple going on the left sidewalk but this side isn't comfortable as the second side is, and then the girl asks the guy beside her "Why are we going ___ this side"? What preposition would be ...
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What is the difference between 'build' and build up'?

Is there any difference between 'built up' and 'built' in the following sentences? Does the preposition 'up' add special meaning to the verb 'built' in the first sentence? Thanks in advance.
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When to use “from” or “by”

Which is the correct usage here? Shaken by the experience, Tom decided to go home. or Shaken from the experience, Tom decided to go home. What rule do we use to know which preposition to use?
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Why is 'on' used in these expressions?

Be strong on I'm not too strong on organic chemistry, so I'm going to get a tutor this semester. Be low on We are running low on rice. Be long on He was short on patience, but long on a ...
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apply to or for, and apply to for

In the Oxford Learner's Dictionary's meaning 1, what is the difference between apply to and apply for, and what is the meaning of (for something) after apply to somebody/something? What element of ...
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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.