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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Correct preposition in “The holes will be made in/to/at a diameter of 5 cm”

The holes will be made in/to/at a diameter of 5 cm. I couldn’t decide which preposition is correct in the sentence above. What I want to say is diameter of hole will be 5 cm. Is it correct to make ...
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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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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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“get a train from the station” or “get a train at the station”?

Which preposition do I have to use in the following sentence. You still can get a train to your destination at/from the station near the bank .
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difference between “part” and “a part”

What is the difference between part and a part? What is the difference between these two sentences? He was a part of the team. He was part of the team. I heard that part means a member and a ...
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“causing harm for” vs. “causing harm to”

I often say "causing harm for X", but I am not sure if this is semantically and grammatically correct? What do you think? We need to pollute less, because not doing so will cause harm for all ...
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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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higher {than on vs. than that on vs. than that of}

Which sentence seems more natural: Tax burden on domestic companies is 30 percent higher than on international companies. Tax burden on domestic companies is 30 percent higher than that on ...
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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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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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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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The standards “on” or “of” something?

When "standard" means the level of quality of something, it can be followed by "of", "for" or "on". I understand that "a standard for something" emphasizes the purposefulness of the standard, and it ...
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On or over - - which one should I use?

Which one of the two is correct/ natural?  a) I shouldn't have wasted money on this b) I shouldn't have wasted money over this
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“I like being home” or “I like being at home” when talking about spending time in one's home country?

Do I have to use the preposition at with home when saying that someone is in one's country? For example: I like being (at) home. If both are possible, then which is more common?
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What is the difference between “run after someone/something” and “run for someone/something”?

Tell me please the difference between the following sentences. I ran after the bus as fast as I could. I ran for the bus as fast as I could. To me it feels as though the first sentence means ...
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“Stole data for employees” vs “stole data of employees”

Thief Stole Payroll Data for Thousands of Facebook Employees [link] Why use "data for" instead of "data of" ? Isn't that "for" means "data given to" and "of" means "data belong to" ?
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100 mg (of?) caffeine

I'm aware that it is common to write: 8 oz of an energy drink can contain 100 mg of caffeine. I'm also aware that "of" is often omitted in short texts, like in charts. Anyway, is it plain wrong ...
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Do I have to use 'due to the fact' or 'by the fact'

Could someone please tell me whether I have to use 'due to' or 'by' in the following phrase? This tone is mainly created due to/by the fact that the video contains real footage of wars and attacks ...
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Is there a context in which a native English speaker would use the word “happen” with the preposition “with” and “for”?

Is it possible to use happen with "with" and "for"? For example, can I say the following? I don't know how I pulled it off. It just happened for/with me.
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The use of “take”, “take away”, “take from” or “take away from” in context

Let's a girl has dropped her toy and a boy comes up to her, picks up the toy and instead of giving it back to her he keeps it. Which one of the following sentence ls communicate the idea the most ...
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Is my sentence correct ? (using “for” or “of a”)

I'm currently correcting some writing of mine. I have a question about this line in particular : To you I'm just a statistic, or a top tier choice for a stick Is "for" adequate ? Or should I write ...
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Is the use of 'for' after the adjective 'attractive'' acceptable?

In the following sentence, is the use of 'for' after the adjective 'attractive' acceptable? It is said in a dictionary that 'attractive' is followed by the preposition 'to'. Pleasant beaches are ...
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Is 'for an interval' okay?

Suppose there is a certain condition with the time interval, only during which it holds. For example, Condition: High humidity / Interval: June to September What I want now is describing that '...
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Between and across

Do between children and across children in following sentence have different meanings? In addition, wide health inequalities persist between and across children in various sociodemographic groups in ...
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Would anyone explain to me the use of the preposition of time ‘to’?

Would someone explain to me the exact meaning of the following sentence: Tickets are available to the end of the month. Does it mean the tickets are available from the beginning until the end of ...
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He is the best soccer player “on” his team. vs He is the best soccer player “in” his team

He is the best soccer player on his team. He is the best soccer player in his team Are both preposition correct? I learned that when we make superlative expresstion, we usually use preposition ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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.