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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“After being several episodes in” vs. “several episodes in”?

Which of the two sentences is grammatically correct? At first I thought that show was a cheap rip off of Friends, but several episodes in I started liking it. At first I thought that show was ...
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“in” versus “to” in “He went running {in / to} the park.”

Do you agree that: He went running to the park. He went to the park running. mean the same thing - "He got to the park by running." Now, if I want to say: He went to the park to have a ...
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What is the function of “of” in “of her immortal sisters” and “that of Roy Bhaskar”?

There are two long sentences here, I quoted from different books. If you paint the same face, and set a winged rose or a rose of gold somewhere about her, one's thoughts are of her immortal sisters,...
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Which is most natural here? than on/than that on/than that of

Which sentence seems more natural to you: Tax burden on domestic companies is 30 percent higher than on international companies. Tax burden on domestic companies is 30 percent higher than ...
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“match” VS “match with”

It was a hard time for private enterprises to expand business as we relied mostly on imports of core parts that not always match our machinery. It was a hard time for private enterprises to expand ...
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“put one's attention on X” vs. “put one's attention to X”

I wonder which form(s) are correct amongst the following: Someone put their attention on X. Someone put their attention to X. Example: As a result of the rapid advancement of neural-network-...
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Difference between using “of” OR “for”

Im designing an award certificate but not sure how to word it. Option 1. Certificate of Entrepreneur of the year. vs. Option 2. Certificate for the Entrepreneur of the year. Do I write "...
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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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“a reduction of ” VS “a reduction in”

That has led to a reduction of CO2 emissions by approximately 425 tonnes per year That has led to a reduction in CO2 emissions by approximately 425 tonnes per year. That has led to a reduction of ...
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What does besides mean?

besides has two definitions in the dictionary one is apart from (except) and second is in addition to I was wondering aren't these two antonyms??
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Difference between “in” and “of”

Can anyone please tell me what's the difference between in and of in the following sentences? Are they both correct? Lionel Messi is the greatest player of/in the Argentina football team. John is the ...
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“For at least” vs. “at least for” ?

What do you prefer, or which one is more acceptable; putting the adverbs or phrases before the preposition, or after. He has been jailed at least/nearly for 5 years. He has been jailed for at ...
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Occur at / with or something else

I have a sentence where I need to add the preposition to occur, and I also need to know why it is so. Ragpicker's disease occurred (preposition) individuals who handled rags that were woven with ...
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“She noticed the change of (in?) her son” - choosing the right preposition

Am I right to say such like this: She noticed the change of her son. Is it different from the sentence: she noticed the change in her son?
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Preposition to use for challenge (in or of)

I'm struggling with the choice of preposition to use for the following sentence. Amy enjoys the challenge of doing X,Y,Z to improve her run time. Amy enjoys the challenge in doing X,Y,Z to ...
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The correct preposition with name of office

There is a company which has many offices, every office has a specific name, for example, "Mercury", "Earth", "Sun" etc. How do I say? " See you later on Mercury" or "See you later at Mercury"...
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correct preposition to use with 'support' in this sentence?

What will be correct preposition to use in this sentence with 'Support' Provided technical consultancy and product support to Citibank for/ on banking system
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Entry To, Entry Into

A preposition question: The United States earned entry to the knockout round with a win over Ghana and a draw against Portugal in Group G. Source Google search shows both "entry to" and "...
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You slept well AT night or IN night?

When talking to my friend who tells me that he's sleepy, I want to tell him that I hope that he slept good at /in (last) night. What is the correct way to say it? 1) I hope you slept well at night. ...
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Does 'to' function as a preposition in 'the trick to getting this chair to fold' but as a to-infinitive in 'some tricks to speed up your …'?

In a dictionary, I find two example sentences of the use of "trick": What's the trick to getting this chair to fold up? On page 21, some tricks to speed up your beauty routine. As we know, "...
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“Variability of” vs “variability in”

How to choose between "variability of something" and "variability in something"? Both forms appear to be widely used, e. g. Google: "variability of this" (21m results) and "variability in this" (27m ...
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Preposition with 'unbecoming.'

What is the difference between various prepositions used with unbecoming? E.g, unbecoming to vs unbecoming for vs unbecoming of. And sometimes when there is no preposition at all, like conduct ...
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Use of 'the' after preposition for describing people's outfit

Which one is the correct answer and why? I don't know what the difference is between "in striped shirt" and "in the striped shirt": She is the woman in striped shirt. She is the woman in the ...
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to reduce the sentence from A to C and from B to C

I need to reduce the phrase "from A to C and from B to C". Is this "from A and B to C" or "from both A and B to C"? For example, if I need to reduce the following sentence: The Granger causality ...
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Which is correct, “differently than” or “differently from”, or neither?

Which is correct, "sort compares strings differently from awk", or "sort compares strings differently than awk", or both are bad, and I should rephrase it?
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“of” vs. “from” in introductions with company affiliations

A person who owns a business called BBB Cupcakes is making a tutorial video for a for-fee e-learning platform. The hour-long video is purely a cupcake making lesson; it's not directly an advertisement ...
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Until then or By then

I have just searched for the usage of "until" and "by", and I was confused by these sentences. I've tried my best to tell the difference between them, and give my understanding in the bracket. Is ...
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Enrolling a second major?! Enrolling IN?

I heard a sentence: "Enrolling a second major will increase the career option." But I think it should be enrolling "in" a second major. Am I right? I looked at dictionary examples and I didn't find ...
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The right preposition in this sentence?

I don't trust him. My distrust in/of him is severe. Which one is the right preposition: in or of?
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graph description

Originally, the information is presented graphically in a pie chart, but here for simplicity, the part in question is verbalized. In 2003 Travel sector 36% Clothing sector 24% In 2013 ...
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One day I [do something] and another day I [don't]

Could somebody help to understand if it is possible to use the phrase in the title in situations when you change you mind on certain subject, for example: "I can't decide on my future career. One day ...
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On computer vs. over computer

As far as I know, "on a tool" means that someone is using that tool and "over a tool" means that something is done using that tool as a way to do it. For example: I have accepted the job over the ...
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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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“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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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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kind to vs gentle with

As a nonnative English teacher in South Korea, . I've seen and heard a lot "Be kind to the elderly." As far as I know, the preposition "to" ususally comes after the word " kind". One day, one of ...
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WITH RESPECT To time

Generally on time means at the exact moment and in time means within the given time. Example: We should be disciplined like seasons, as they are very punctual. Summer comes and goes in time. ...
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To + ing question

I've been having a hard time trying to understand this specific grammar point. Which sentence is correct? Work hard to stand out from the crowd. Work hard to standing out from the crowd.
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What is correct “in various subjects” or “on various subjects”?

They offer classes on various subjects. They offer classes in various subjects. Which is correct? Searching google for "classes in/on various subjects" shows that both variants are used ...
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With whom/who VS who/whom with

Which is correct: 1) Who do you want to come with? 2) With who do you want to come? 3) Whom do you want to come with? 4) With whom do you want to come? I heard using "whom" is formal and "who" is ...
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“a book” vs “any books” vs “any book”

I have asked many questions regarding the usage of 'any'. Now I know in questions we use 'any' with plural nouns. Or we use indefinite article 'a/an'. But no grammar book says that 'any' with singular ...
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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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Usage of preposition “ by “

I wonder If i can use “ by “ after all verbs as is the case with “ increase by “. For example Firstly Can say “ I got into debt by 1000 dollars “ and second exaple : “The factory produced pens by ten ...
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Proper use of preposition of

According to the Oxford advance learner's dictionary risk is often succeeded by of. But in the sentence Failure to take sustainable and urgent measures will inflict long-term harm on public ...
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Add something in, into or on Google Docs?

What preposition is most suitable referring to the verb add and the object Google Docs? I've just added an essay in, into or on the Google Docs?
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On the border/ in the border

The petition said an “extraordinary circumstance” was prevailing over armed forces personnel fighting in the insurgency-hit areas and the nation’s borders. The Hindu: 300 Army officers move SC ...
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Directly asking questions about adjective complements

Can we ask some questions about adjective complements? I was disappointed with your behaviour.(1) Can we ask its question like With what were you disappointed? (2) or What were you ...
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That topic is difficult to talk about

While infinitive clauses don't have any noun before themselves, can they have any prepositions just as in the following examples? That topic is difficult to talk about. She is hard to be with. I ...
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What kind of words are “given”, “considering” vs “even though” and “because”?

I am curious about the words "considering", "given", and "even though", because they seem to help me build sentences, but I don't know how they work. Some example sentences: She can speak English ...
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Next year. Vs in next year

I'll see you in the next class. This sentence sounds more correct than I'll see you next class. But why in the following_ We'll meet next year. Vs We'll meet in next year. Here the ...