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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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Ask someone (on,about,of,over,for) something

‎What are the differences between these sentences ? 1.I asked him on an opinion. it sounds like I wanted to know his thinking directly related to an opinion for a long time. 2.I asked him about ...
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Life is what you make (of) it

Is the preposition of necessary in the following? Life is what you make (of) it. I'd appreciate your help.
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“title for a company” VS “title of a company” VS “title with a company”

Michael is Production Technology Manager for the facility Michael is Production Technology Manager of the facility Michael is Production Technology Manager with the facility I have seen ...
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From VS On for a date

If I would like to express that the application has to be submitted on the two exact days mentioned below, can I use "from" as italic? Will the meaning change to "starting from that date" when using "...
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Bump into/against: The car bumped into/against a tree

I don't know when to use against and when to use into, after bump: The cat bumped against the door The clumsy boy always bumps into the furniture While dancing, she bumped into me several ...
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Should I add an preposition before “the day before yesterday”?

Should it be "The day before yesterday we went to a supermarket and (we?) bought beef and chicken" Or it should be "In the day before yesterday we went to a supermarket and (we?) bought beef ...
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What does “free somebody for something” mean?

I get confused when I read this sentence: "An increasingly efficient agricultural industry freed British workers for factory employment." Does the phrase "free...for..." exist? Does it mean "workers ...
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Use of phrasal verb and preposition together in “He pulled the cap off of the marker.”

I have read it in a book: He pulled the cap off of the marker. Doesn't "pull off" show that the person removed the cap? Why to use "of"? In another sentence in the same book it is: He pulled ...
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Through or because of

Is it acceptable to say “John earned a medal of Bravery through his actions”? It would makes sense to prefer ‘because of’ instead of ‘through’ but is this acceptable or simply poor grammar?
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appropriate preposition to use in the given sentence(s)

People say he's a great chess player. As true as that might be, i think i can school him at chess. People say he's a great chess player. As true as that might be, i think i can school him in chess. ...
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“electronics on the vehicle” VS “electronics in the vehicle”

The requirements for electronics on the new energy vehicles are higher than that on traditional vehicles. The requirements for electronics in the new energy vehicles are higher than that in ...
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The difference between 'in', 'to' and 'into'

I cannot decide what is a proper preposition in a sentence below: Then place the discharged battery to the charger. So is the preposition "to" right? I am not sure whether "in" or even "into" is ...
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Relative Clause with Preposition

“...to destroy the windmill, the building of which had aroused furious jealousy in him” Regarding the above quote from Animal Farm, I'm confused about the use of the preposition "of" and relative ...
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In a sentence, would I say, “Becoming part of”, or “Becoming a part of”? [closed]

I need this for a poem assignment! Please help would be greatly appreciated... we are all english-language-learners, regardless of whether it is our first language or not!
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What is the rule of thumb when it comes to giving priority to one or another preposition when talking about islands?

I have always wondered how to choose a preposition properly when you talk about islands e.g. I live ON an island. but I was IN Tenerife. What is the rule?
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“products of high reliability” VS “products with high reliability”

Company A delivers products of high reliability. Is this sentence clear enough to convey the meaning company A provides highly reliable productis. Or I should say: Company A delivers products ...
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“experience in” VS “experience with”

A has many years of experience in material design and production technology. A has many years of experience with material design and production technology I have seen both 'with' and 'in' ...
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“requirement on” VS “requirement for”

With increased requirements on the reliability of automotive electronics, integrated solutions are in higher demand With increased requirements for the reliability of automotive electronics, ...
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Care from? How is it different from care for and care about?

Buffy: I don't care from private! I care from dead guys attacking us. I care from you Lost Weekending in your apartment. (The Dark Age episode) It occurs around 27:10. Here is a copy of the ...
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Pride oneself on something

He prides himself on his singing. A restaurant that prides itself on speed of service. She prides herself on being a good listener. What does 'on' mean when it is collocated with 'Pride ...
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“Near the lake” vs. “by the lake”

What is the difference between "near the lake" and "by the lake", meaning-wise? Just never seen "by the" form in texts before.
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“Of selecting” vs “about selecting”

What's the correct preposition in this case? Example sentence: He was as nervous of/about selecting a woman as they were of/about being selected. I searched on Google: "nervous of selecting." ...
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meaning of the word “on” in context

It is from this article. Here is the passage: On its work on the Skripal poisoning, Bellingcat says investigators searched images on several online search engines, contacted former Russian military ...
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Has vs had (past tense)

Which one is grammatically correct? It was not until grade 2 when I discovered the 'earth' has a name. Or It was not until grade 2 when I discovered the 'earth' had a name.
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On closer examination

On closer examination, the investigators found out the blood type didn't match that of hers. I would like to know what on means here. I think it seems to mean either on the basis of closer ...
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the Dragon Boat Festival, ON or AT?

In an English textbook used in China, a sentence reads like this: We (Chinese) eat boat cakes at the Dragon Boat Festival. FYI: the Dragon Boat Festival is a 1-day national holiday, which ...
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Application to identify parts of speech

I’m helping my third grader with grammar homework and have differing opinions with some solutions provided to her. Is there an app where we can input sentences and they’ll identify different parts of ...
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What does 'on' mean in this sentence?

James Gleick on being cited in the OED. (https://public.oed.com/blog/james-gleick-cited-oed/) It's the title of the writing in the link. I want to know what 'on' means exactly in the sentence. I ...
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Preposition, Which form is correct?

From the Collins Dictionary's definition of take If a person, vehicle, or path takes someone somewhere, they transport or lead them there. or If a person, vehicle, or path takes someone to ...
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Do you want to go (to the) father? (preposition + article addition)

In case that a mother asks her son if he wants to go to his father. What would be the natural way to ask him about that? "Do you want to go to the father?" Or "Do you want to go father?" (...
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In the way or the way

“Eat the Greek way” vs. “Eat in the Greek way” Are these sentences both correct? Have they the same meaning? Is there a difference in the grammar structure? Is there a rule that explains when to ...
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About expressions such as on a walk, on a hike, on a ride

I have a question about such idiomatic prepositional expressions where on is used as on a walk, on a hike, on a stroll, on a climb, on a ride, on vacation, on leave, on offer, on show, on display, on ...
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“Under the name of” OR “in the name of”?

I want to ask that if there is a cheese product "paneera" in the market. Then what should I say? Cheese is available under the name of paneera? OR Cheese is available in the name of paneera? ...
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How to use preposition of software?

The question is like I do my report on/in Word. I do xxx on/in Excel. which is correct? use on or in. Btw, I often use "I write my code on my computer." is it correct?
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Is the transitive usage of “back off” common?

Both of them backed off their verbals, and eventual Indiana pledge Romeo Langford cut Louisville from his list of schools. (source) The meaning is clear, but I find the usage of "back off" as a ...
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Doesn't matter what sort of business they are, all of them count money

I want to paraphrase the title phrase with but, to get something like: Business is anything but counting a money. With an emphasis on 'counting money'. But that looks for me that the meaning is ...
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to participate in or to participate

I would like to use the verbs like " to participate" or " involve" without an object in a clause because I already mentioned what people will participate in preceding clause in a sentence. Should I ...
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“Manage to find time to do volunteer work among other things”

I am impressed by the fact that she has somehow managed to do volunteer work among holding down two jobs and raising three kids. This is a line I am writing, but I feel uncertain about the ...
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key estimate “in” establishing or key estimate “to” establishing

I am struggling to decide which sentence is correct (maybe they are both correct?) and I would appreciate any comments. The sentences I am trying to decide between are The following result was ...
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Is “on lunch” truly correct?

I have followed a few discussions about whether "on lunch", as opposed to "at lunch", is correct. One opinion stated that "on lunch" indicates a status (on leave, on break) while "at lunch" is more ...
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Graduate from university in X

I know I could say: I graduated in mathematics from XZ University. But what if want to put emphasis only on the field of my study (mathematics) without specifying the university? Could I say that?...
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‘She scored high marks in all her subject’

I wonder why we shoudl we use the preposition in instead of at here She scored high marks in all her subjects.
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Correct usage of preposition ***for***

If I say "I was away ten days and it rained each day". Does it make any difference if i say "I was away for ten days and it rained each day". What do I think about it is - There are two clauses ...
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Move to/move in the UK(preposition)

Let's say you were asked what are your plans in the future. And you say: It has always been my dream to move to another country, particularly to the UK. Or It has always been my dream to move ...
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John arrived “in the Audi” or “by the Audi”?

If I wanted to say that John returned back home in one of his cars, should I say: John arrived in the Audi! Or John arrived by the Audi! Or maybe there is a better way to express my thought?
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Stubbed my toe… which preposition?

How to say table was the thing I kicked into using stub? Is it one of these? A. I stubbed my toe by the table? B. I stubbed my toe onto the table?
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“On my holidays” - acceptable contexts

I have been trying to determine when these can be used: in the holidays. my holidays I will clean my room in the holidays. I am going to Europe on my holidays. What do you do on your ...
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Degree ON or IN a field?

I think that one can receive a degree in a field, say, Management. I saw somewhere that this was written on the first page of a thesis: Thesis for receiving «MA» degree on Translation Studies ...
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“On the surf” or “in the surf”?

Vocal groups include enormously popular bands like The Beach Boys and Jan and Dean whose harmonic voices told stories of days on the surf and nights full of parties and hot rods. (source) Since "surf"...
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prepositions with break

I looked up Google Ngram and found that we can use any one of at, in, on before break, but we can only say at lunch break and on lunch break. Is what I've got right and do they have any difference ...