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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On (at) a moment(')s notice?

I have been searching for a while, and I haven't seen a good discussion of this phrase. It seems to me like the preposition is in question (I've heard it both ways), and the possessive is also in ...
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Is it under siege “from” or “by”?

His belief was under siege from/by skeptics' words. Can either "by" or "from" be used with "under siege"?
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Why is it right to say you die “from” an illness instead “of” an illness?

I just found this sentence in an article in Nature: Lovelace died in great pain at 36, from uterine cancer. And I'm confused about the use of "from". I know "from" is used to express physical ...
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Use “motivation for learning English” or “motivation in learning English”?

The researcher also will give questionnaire to the students and interview them to measure their motivation FOR / IN learning English.
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Shouldn't there be “in” instead of “with” in this sentence?

I read a sentence in my book which was: Thus with the early 1970s the Congress's political success depended on attracting people on the basis of sharp social and ideological divisions and the ...
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Difference between put up/ put on

I was looking for the meaning of "put up" and came across this explanation in a dictionary : " [put up something] to make a particular effort in order to achieve or prevent something : For example :...
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Which preposition should I uses after “The figures”?

I have a question about which preposition should I use in this sentence: The figures ____ (for/of) train and bicycle use reveal a steady drop in these types of transport. I think of should be used. ...
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Based on/ depending on

Are these phrasal verbs classified as "prepositions" ? I came across this page in a dictionary, it classifies "according to" as a preposition. Or they are just participles(reduced from a participle ...
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The system was extended by/with several new functions

I would like to know whether the following is correct: The system was extended by several new functions. Our tool extends the system by a few new functions. I have read similar questions but ...
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Preposition as and in used

I am confused which one of the below sentences is correct. 1.Mohan works in the Hotel as a waiter. 2.Mohan works as a waiter in the Hotel.
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Why Google puts 'At' before a date?

Normally we use the preposition 'on' before a date as 'on 20 June 2019'. Why does Google's Blogger site automatically put 'at' before the dates on which a post is uploaded? A screenshot is given below:...
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When to use present perfect and adjective? Especially for emotions

Is this sentence is correct? I have been tired of you. Also please tell me when to use present perfect tense for emotions I mean am I still tired? If yes then why not say I'm tired of you. Like in ...
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Is “soaring during” ever correct?

Not-so-long ago, I wrote something like "The price of gasoline has been soaring in the past few decades" and an American speaker corrected it to "during". I understand that a few decades seems like a ...
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Showering with an antique shower

A person loves antique showers (showerhead). So is the use of "with" natural in this context?. He loves showering with an antique shower. (Shower = Showerhead) Is the use of "with" natural in this ...
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Ask it by ‘in what way’ and answer it. I did it. But I found my answer was weird

The descriptions given by the eye-witnesses were extraordinarily similar. In what way were the descriptions given? Is my asking question right? And how to answer it. Just this sentence.
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By time or On/within time

To gain reputation among your clients, (a) / you ought to finish (b) / every assignment you undertake (c) / within the stipulated deadline. (d) / No error (d) / No error (e) This is question of ...
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Prevail on/upon or prevail of

Dictionary says prevail on/upon prevail on/upon (someone) : to ask or persuade (someone) to do something I have come across following sentence. But nowhere find defination prevailed of I ...
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Can you help me to find out the wrong words in the brackets? Thank you ^_^

1.The factory (was closed down) (considering) the use of excessive (chemical) made the river (dries out) 2.The Maasai tribe (are) people (whom) have (wondered) throughout the world for (nearly) 1000 ...
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“ListView”, but “summary of new entries” (not “new entry summary”)?

I had a discussion with my programmer colleague about the word order and prepositions in English. The discussion started when he named one website "new entry summary". That sounded wrong to me and I ...
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About correct preposition

It appears from/ through the study that the author is inspired by/with/from historians of Ghazna period. tell me the correct preposition to be used here.
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Which preposition goes with mind? and what is the difference when it is used with strike?

A strange question came to my mind. A strange question came into my mind. A strange question strikes me.
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A question regarding the conjunction “when”

I understand that: 1) A gerund is used after the prepositions "After" and "Before". 2) Is it the same in the case of a verb following the conjunction "When"? Does the verb in -ing that follows the ...
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Do we wait out of the room or outside the room?

Do we wait out of the room or outside the room? a) She needs to wait outside the room. b) She needs to wait out of the room.
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“Cause unwholesome inspiration and impact on viewers”

So I have this sentence, and I don't know if you can say "cause" or if I should replace it with another word. Thank you, thegirlinneedofhelp
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Should there be used two prepositions after a verb?

Now,I have an issue. There is the preposition "away" in English and the phrasal verb - be away. Which sentence below is correct - I am away the meeting I am away at the meeting ? SHOULD I use ...
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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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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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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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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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preposition+relative and how to understand the context

When I see preposition + clauses led by relative pronouns(complicated ones), I get confused and don't know where the preposition should go to in the clauses. For example: Exposure is the degree to ...
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Where did the next car take you? But I think 'Where did the next car take you to?' is right

Can you tell why there is not the word 'to' in the end and when I should add the word 'to' in the end?
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on the job market / in the job market

Student debt keeps rising for a degree that may be worthless on the job market. Student debt keeps rising for a degree that may be worthless in the job market. Is there a difference? As far as I ...
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I am not asking for a higher mark in/of your assessment

Let's say you are relatively disappointed of the grade of your performance. You have got nothing against it, not begging for mercy, you are just verbalizing. You say: I am not asking for a higher ...
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You type the words IN/ON the chatbox? (Preposition)

What is the correct preposition here? When you chat online, you type the words IN the "chatbox" Or When you chat online, you type the words ON the "chatbox" *I've seen results of "in" and "on" ...
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Buy products from or buy products on amazon

Does "buy" verb has dependent preposition or you just apply appropriate preposition? You can buy products from amazon (website) You can buy products on amazon (website) Which is correct?
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Relative clause with infinitive verbal form and “from” preposition (“{subject} from whose {element} to get something”)

Let use have a subject, which will refer to as the "parent". This parent can have sub-elements, which will refer to as "child". Now let us say I want to describe the action of getting something from ...
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“continuity and consistency of policies” VS “continuity and consistency in policies”

It is imperative for us to ensure the continuity and consistency of our monetary policyes. It is imperative for us to ensure the continuity and consistency in our monetary policyes. Could you ...
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What's the difference between “walk sth” and “walk + prep + sth”?

I've just seen the phrase walk the moon and I thought it should be walk on the moon. I double checked this in the Oxford Dictionary, and I found another phrase walk the moors. So I guess ...
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Is the use of “on” or “in” as well as “the” acceptable for “at breakfast”?

For example in this sentence: She used to read a newspaper at breakfast. Is it acceptable to use, for example, the followings? At the breakfast On breakfast In breakfast I'm always ...
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“RULE sth OUT ON/OVER people's complaint”

Let's say a government of a country implemented an UNBENDING rule on its citizens that they should pay higher taxes than other countries. You hypothetically say: "if the government rule the high ...
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Came back TO the U.K or Came back IN the UK?

What the correct preposition here: I Came back TO the U.K last year from a holiday or Came back IN the UK last year from a holiday.
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Should I use for or to in this sentence

I would like to say that method A provides great flexibility for something. I wonder how to express my sentence correctly? Method A provides great flexibility for learning English Method A leads to ...
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“Off” VS. “Off something”

1) Spend a hundred dollars and get 10% off 2) Approximately, on Black Friday you get 25% off any item you buy. As I know, that most prepositions have dual functions: as a preposition if it is ...
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She was sitting to/on/at his left

She was sitting to/on/at his left. Which preposition should I use in this context? Do they mean the same thing? I found this post on the difference between "at" and "on", which gave me some clues ...
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Should I say “question of Math knowledge” or “question about Math knowledge”?

I feel very difficult to pick the proper preposition. For example, I want to describe some question in a Math quiz. Should I say "question of Math knowledge" or "question about Math knowledge"? Is ...
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Should we always use “between” with “and”? What about using “between” with “or”?

I know I can say I have to choose between A and B. I am wondering if I can say something like: I have to quickly decide between doing it now or tomorrow. And generally speaking, is it correct ...
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“environment in” VS “environment of”

Moves are underway to improve the working environment in the casting workshop in Shanghai. Moves are underway to improve the working environment of the casting workshop in Shanghai. The text ...
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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 "...