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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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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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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 "...
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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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“journey of win-win cooperation” VS “journey towards win-win cooperation”

China and the UK have embarked on a distinctive journey of win-win cooperation. China and the UK have embarked on a distinctive journey towards win-win cooperation. Which preposition is better?
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'… is very good quality' VS '… is OF [a] very good quality' + article

I've got two questions regarding this sentence for a grammar book: The jacket you bought is very good quality. Would it be correct to say: 'This jacket is OF very good quality.'? Would it be ...
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“within” or “during” which is appropriate for a comparative sentence?

Consider: The revolving door rotates 360 degrees. When the revolving door is in rotational position A corresponding to a rotation angle of 30 degrees, the force required to start turning it is five ...
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including - part-whole relation

The word including indicates a part-whole relation. If so, do the following sentences make sense? If including is properly used here, does any other part offend any rules of usage? All Skyline ...
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Same communities with/of/as

In this sentence: We give higher scores to users in the same communities with/of/as/... the searcher. , what preposition is suitable? Context: each user belongs to several communities and we want ...
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How to learn and identify dependent prepositions?

One subject I've always struggled with when trying to learn English is the correct usage of prepositions, specially in/on/at prepositions. I'm aware there are some guidelines that explain when to use ...
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'with people of diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise'

In the sentence fragment with people of diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise is the usage of prepositions okay? Since I wouldn't say 'People OF diverse areas of expertise' but 'People WITH ...
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Meaning of a textbook sentence

What is the meaning of the following sentence? In inviting visitors to an archaeological site, the probable needs of the archaeologist have been well defined in the Centre for Environmental ...
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About Die(d) of and die(d) from

I ma having an uneasiness about the use of the preposition of and from. I decided to ask when I saw this ELL question about "He died of cancer" and "He died for country". So that, am I correct to ...
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position of “from”

Is there any difference between the following sentences? They returned where they had come from. They returned from where they had come.
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Would anybody draw a comparison within the proposition 'down' itself?

1) Peter is walking down the hill. Here I can easily imagine the sub is walking downwardly on a slope. 2) Peter lives just down the street. Here I am trying to understand whether the street is ...
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Identify the Subject and Object

You heard it from me. Subject - You Object - It Verb - heard There are 3 nouns. Is 'me' also the object?
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Approximation “to” or “of”

Is this statement correct for formal usage? This model is a good approximation to the data. Or, should I use This model is a good approximation of the data.
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A good football match ON(preposition at the end meaning)

What is the meaning of the ''on'' at the end of this sentence: Question: How often do you watch TV? Answer(native): ''I'd say maybe only a few times a month when there is a good football match ...
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I am following up as to

I spoke with an attorney on the phone yesterday and he said he would get back to me with regards a quote for the service I was requesting. I am writing a follow-up email to him today to see if he has ...
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Take a course at/in/from?

I already know we use "take a course in history" is used to indicate taking subjects. But how about indicating university? Say: "My friend took a course + (from/at/in) + Utrecht university last year"...
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Is this Sentence Correct? “I am accusing him because of the mistake”

I was interested in English since when I have started to understand English. Now when I'm learning "Prepositions", I've figured out that:- i) We have to use Accuse of as you can see in this ...
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in agenda vs on agenda

I would like to inquire about the correct usage of prepositions in/on in the following sentences: I plan to finish this work quickly because I have additional tasks in my agenda I plan to finish this ...
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Should I use an article for the part “aesthetics of mind and body” in this sentence?

Should I use an article in the part "aesthetics of mind and body" in this sentence? If yes, then what article should I use? I am into meditations, philosophy, psychology, aesthetics of mind and ...
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Do you hear things “from TV” or “on TV”?

Like do you say "I keep hearing stupid stuff on TV"? Or "I keep hearing stupid stuff from TV"? Are both correct?
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Why is there an “in” in “Of America's million millionaires in, the average age is 63”?

Of America's million millionaires in, the average age is 63. https://www.shanbay.com/review/learning/42379858288 Why is there an "in"? (The main question) How about using "American" replacing "...
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What is the usage of the second “with”?

The premier enjoyed the limelight early in his tenure for an economic reform stance heavy on empowering the private sector. He is credited with improving the job market and promoting the growth of ...
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The most idiomatic preposition in the mentioned sentence?

What is the most idiomatic preposition in the following sentence She might do that ------ different intentions. I mean to say, in doing so, she might have different intentions: intention to help, ...
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how to express adverbials by using preposition“with”

how can we express "she was going home and at the same time she was crying" she was going home with crying or she was going home by crying. could you please help me?
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In case of, In case of a/an, In the case of

I have been wondering about these 3 expressions of "in case of". In case of emergency In case of an emergency In the case of an emergency I figured that the first one simply means to say "in any ...
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In what occasion or On what occasion do you go through a holiday travel rush?

Which is correct? In what occasion do you go through a holiday travel rush? OR On what occasion do you go through a holiday travel rush?