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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“State all the languages you can speak __”, the suitable preposition

I have slightly changed the sentence in the question title to be both short and clear. The actual sentence I'm asking about is: It would be nice of you to comfort that person in all the languages ...
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'my focus is with…' versus 'my focus is on…'

I just came across this sentence: So right now, my focus is with my kids and I'm really enjoying my time with them. Will there be any change in meaning if we replace 'with' with 'on'? So right ...
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penetrating to immense distances

"Light in Scotland has a quality I have not met elsewhere. It is luminous without being fierce, penetrating to immense distances with an effortless intensity. " From The Living Mountain By Nan ...
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Preposition for arise of a problem

Which preposition is suitable in such a sentence? The problem can arise in different systems. For example, in a search engine it may arise through/by/... personalization algorithms.
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Although they said nothing, she could sense their disapproval of her suggestion

why is the preposition of disapproval in the sentence "Although they said nothing, she could sense their disapproval of her suggestion." is of? Not for instead? Also for the verb disapprove, the ...
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why dictionary of american idioms says “of is usually retained before pronouns”

why dictionary of american idioms says "of is usually retained before pronouns" such as order someone off ((of)something) to command someone to get off something.(Of is usually retained before ...
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I felt sick just [ by / from ] watching that

Which is the correct one? And if there is not 'just', what would be the difference in using them?
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has lived for vs has build for

We have two sets of sentences: 1.a) I have been living here for 3 months. 1.b) I have lived here for 3 months. and 2.a) I have been building the house for 3 months. 2.b) I have built ...
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WHat are the difference between “I cooked dinner in 1 hour” & “I cooked dinner for 1 hour”?

WHat are the difference between "I cooked dinner in 1 hour" & "I cooked dinner for 1 hour"? The dictionary says: We use in to say how long it takes someone to do something: He was such a clever ...
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In the night-morning when / on the night-morning when

"We use in with morning, afternoon, evening and night, but we use on when we talk about a specific morning, afternoon, etc., or when we describe the part of the day."(Cambridge Dictionary) As ...
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“Sobbing in pain” OR “sobbing with pain”

Both sounds correct to me: Sobbing in / with pain. Screaming in / with excitement. What would native speakers prefer?
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on the radio vs over the radio

I heard his voice on the radio. I heard him on the radio. I heard his voice over the radio. I heard him over the radio. As a non-native speaker, I've seen the number 2 a lot. What about the others? ...
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tonight or for tonight

1.I'm a bit confused about the arrangements for tonight. 2.I'm a bit confused about the arrangements tonight. 3.I'll be your waiter for tonight. 4.I'll be your waiter tonight. Hi, there. Are there ...
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What is the significance of “with” in this context:

To get over---- to overcome an unpleasant situation. An example in Cambridge dictionary: I'll be glad to get these exams over with. What if I would omit the 'with'? Would it change the meaning? ...
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Meaning of pay by use and potential alternatives

A company is experimenting with a new licensing model. It is called "Pay by use". However, this does not make sense to me. In my understanding, "Pay by use" means: "I compensate for the hotdog by ...
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“suggest or ask sth to you” is correct?

I would like to know whether the sentence right below is correct, and if not, how it can be corrected. I learnt and know that the preposition to doesn't go with the verb ask as in the pattern ask ...
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“Through” and “through to”

Could anyone explain the difference between these examples? 1- Does this bus go through to Santa Fe? 2- Does this bus go through Santa Fe? 3- Does this bus go to Santa Fe?
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throw something “across” someone or something

Can I use "over" instead of "across" in the following sentence. 1- Tom threw a blanket across his knees. 2- Tom threw a blanket over his knees.
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through along and across

Is it possible to use "to somewhere" after "through and across"? When I use "go through the corridor, the road etc.", do I imply that you have to go until you reach the end of the corridor or the road?...
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I am an agent OF/FROM XXX company

What is the difference between these two? Customer service representative: Hello, my name is Cassie, an agent OF XXX company, telling you about our latest offer... And Customer service ...
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“bring something down to the reception” or “bring something down at the reception”?

Tell me please which preposition is appropriate in the following context. After you leave the room you have to bring the keys down to the reception. After you leave the room you have to bring ...
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The Pattern “furnish something to somebody” is valid?

I would like to ask whether the pattern below using the verb furnish with the preposition to in front of a person, highlighted in bold, is correct and natural. She was able to furnish the details ...
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relative clause with a preposition

The insight the experience offered about life, the world, and her place in it. Without the PP Phrase, the sentence is understandable to me . But with the PP phrase being included, it's kind of ...
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Correct preposition before advance payment

Which preposition should i use before payment in sentence below? We mostly sell with/for/on advance payment of 50%. I thought “with” is the best choice but please correct me if it is wrong .
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Confusion in using the preposition “to”

He was elected Chairman to the board. Or He was elected Chairman of the board. Which one is correct?
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On (during, in, over) the two days

I came across this from a speech transcript: When we were on the boat, we were hoping to see some dolphins. We were unlucky on the two days we went, but we did get to see some eagles flying ...
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“Wait at” or “wait on” or “wait in”?

He was waiting at a bus stop. To me, it's the only one that makes sense, but what about "wait on a bus stop" or even "wait in a bus stop"? I've heard "wait on a bus stop" a few times, and I saw it on ...
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Can “since” and “as” be used interchangeably in the following sentence?

They sat at the counter as/since all the seats were filled. I've seen both versions. For example here. Are as and since are interchangeable in situations like these? If so, in which situations are ...
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The place of a preposition

Today I had to say such a sentence: What will we be glad for all the day? And I was feeling awkward, because maybe it should have been: What will we be glad all the day for? Are they the same ...
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On the top of / over / on… in this context

1. I need to paint the wall on the top of the existing paint. 2. I need to paint the wall over the existing paint. 3. I need to paint the wall on the existing paint. As a learner I'm not able to ...
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What does 'on' followed after 'call' mean in each sentence?

In each sentence a bundle of 'call' and 'on' has different meaning. What does 'on' followed after 'call' mean in each sentence? Why does 'to' or 'for' not use instead of 'on'? The Commissioner-...
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Use of “in” to show form of something

Use of “in” to show form of something confuses me. I mean can it be used in every structure while identifying form of something. Would the sentence below be correct ? New fish oils will be in pill ....
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Superlative + noun / Superlative + of + noun

Is there any difference in meaning in the following examples? (with or without "of") 1- He comes from one of the grandest of Palestinian families. 1'- He comes from one of the grandest ...
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resign as director from / of the board

I read a sentence in "The Hindu" which was: Jet Airways' power couple Naresh Goyal and his spouse Anita Goyal on Monday resigned as directors from the board of the company. Shouldn't there be "of"...
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fill water with / by bucket [closed]

I will fill water with / by bucket. Kindly help me with this question
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How to say in English that someone is aggressive and that aggression is pointed at someone?

What is the most natural way to say that someone is aggressive and that aggression is pointed at someone? Is any of the following options correct and natural? Kate is aggressive to/towards her Mom ...
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the meaning of “for”

1.The market basket may not be representative, it can overstate or understate inflation for certain groups. 2.CPI does measure the variation in price for retail goods and other items paid by ...
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“Describe something as” or “Describe something by”?

Which one is correct? She describes these classes as trivial Or She describes these classes by trivial
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Lifted its hind leg on or lifted its hind leg towards?

The dog lifted its hind leg towards the fire hydrant. I am not sure I like using the preposition "towards" in this sentence. I prefer "on", because it sounds nice, but I am not sure if it's correct ...
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believe him in OR believe him

He thanked the manager for believing him to accomplish this task with efficiency. He thanked the manager for believing in him to accomplish this task with efficiency. Is is necessary that the ...
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a time when / the time when

I am not really sure when to use "a time when" or "the time when". Would someone make it clear for me? 1-At the time when I was shepherd, one could only see wolves with binoculars. 2-This is ...
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Fly on a jet pack vs fly with a jet pack?

Neither "fly on a jet pack" nor "fly with a jet pack" sounds idiomatic, are they? And are there better alternatives, because I can't really think of other ways of saying it. For example: I fly on ...
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Involved in or involved with

there are two sentences: The HR department will also be involved with training and professional development of the company's staff. A company's HR department may also be involved in making ...
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Correct preposition in this context

There is a hill very close to a house, but the house is not touching the hill. We can say that the hill is starting a few metres away from the house. Which is correct to say in this situation: My ...
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“There sat the Shadow fear'd of man”

But where the path we walk'd began To slant the fifth autumnal slope, As we descended following Hope, There sat the Shadow fear'd of man... (https://www.poetryfoundation.org/...
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Using “to” or “for” to say “who has a particular feeling or opinion about something”

I have seen this description about "to" in the dictionary saying "used for saying whose opinion, attitude, or knowledge is being referred to" But there is another description about "for" saying "...
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Do we say “in the nightmarescape” or “on the nightmarescape”?

I am really not sure. I often have trouble determining if we should use "in" or "on", but in this case it seems both are valid. Is there a general rule, because I feel like I have asked similar ...
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Meaning of “suffrage by someone”

In the sentence Universal suffrage by the whole people of representatives and rulers of the state -- this is the last word of the Marxists as well as of the democratic school. can the word '...
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So + adjective + that / so + adjective + (as) + to-infinitive / too + adjective + to-infinitive

I have two questions that have made me confused since yesterday. a) Is it possible to use "so+adjective+to-infinitive" form instead of using "so+adjective+as+to-infinitive"? Is it possible to make ...
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“decide something” or “decide on something” in context?

Tell me please the correct sentence. We have yet to decide the share of the profit we will give them. We have yet to decide on the share of the profit we will give them. I think both are ...