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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Should I say "She is in the park" or "She is at the park"?

I am really confused. Which preposition is correct? She is in/at the park. They are in/at the park. I am in/at the park. Should I use in or at in these sentences?
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(In, On or At) GitHub?

What's the difference between say: "The project will be on GitHub", "The project will be in GitHub" and "The project will be at GitHub"?
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"In" and "on": How can I decide which one to use for vehicles?

Examples: In a car, van, etc. On a bus, boat, motorcycle, etc. How can one decide which preposition to use? Is memorization the only way or is there a better way? Note: People generally explain ...
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"To death" vs "to the death"

Sometimes I see the former, as in "starve to death". But sometimes I see the latter as well, as in "fight to the death", or in the following quote: I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend ...
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"Important to me" or "Important for me"

I cannot easily figure out which one is more appropriate to use: It's important to me. It's important for me. Are they the same? If not, what's the difference?
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Why is wine made 'from' grapes, but tables are made 'of' wood?

(1) Wine is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented grapes or other fruits. (Wikipedia) (2) Tables were made of marble or wood and metal (typically bronze or silver alloys), sometimes with richly ...
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Working in / for / at?

Which is the correct way to tell where I'm working? I'm working in XYZ company. I'm working for XYZ company. I'm working at XYZ company. Or is there any difference in the meaning?
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Allow (to) + infinitive, substantive, verb+ -ing

In which way can the verb 'allow' be used? There is always some confusion and apparently it's often intuitively used wrongly. Which form corresponds to correct English, eventually depending on context ...
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You can contact me on/over/by Skype

Which preposition(s) is / are correct in the following example? We contacted the college authority over / on / by Skype.
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Do we say - "in the meeting" or "at the meeting"

I am always confused with the preposition. Can somebody point me to the material where prepositional phrase is explained? Here is the problem I am facing currently. This was discussed (stated/...
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Difference between "in time" and "on time"

I have an appointment at 8 and I arrive there at 7:55, is it "on time" or "in time"? What about "the nick of time"?
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Dates and times: "on", "in", "at"?

I’m often confused when I speak about times and dates. What is the rule for using on, in, and at in the following sentences? I will do it ___ Tuesday. We married ___ March. He returned ___ the same ...
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Difference between 'One to One' and 'One on One'

I have been confused about the difference between "one to one" and "one on one". Which one is more appropriate of the following? We will have one to one meeting? We will have one ...
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'Back in 2000' vs 'In 2000'

I'm familiar with preposition 'in' in terms of using past tense. E.g. to denote that something is hapenning during the year 2000, I can say: I joined the project in 2000 But in some authentic ...
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What preposition is correct 'sleep on the bed' or 'sleep in the bed'

Are both expressions correct? If yes, do they have different meanings? It seems to me that I came across both of them in books, but I'm not sure.
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Using "at a jail" vs. "in a jail"

We often use "at" for the mentioning of a precise location like; He is present at school. But why not say he is imprisoned at a jail instead use he is in a jail.
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If “I woke up at 10” is okay, what about “I slept at 10”?

When did you wake up? I woke up at 10. But then if I say, “When did you sleep?” I slept at 10. – seems difficult to digest! That's because sleep is a process that includes duration. I ...
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"You must wear a suit TO an interview" vs "You must wear a suit FOR an interview"

In the sentence- You must wear a suit to an interview shouldn't the to be replaced by for? Or what's the difference between these two here?
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In the morning VS on the morning

Which one is correct? (Maybe both are correct.) He passed away on the morning of March 5. Or He passed away in the morning of March 5.
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'I wish to speak WITH a British accent' or 'I wish to speak IN a British accent' - is there a difference?

I wish to speak with a British accent? What is the impact of using in instead of with in the above sentence?
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Is ending a sentence with a preposition acceptable?

When I learned English at school, I was taught that I should not end a sentence with a preposition. Is it correct to end a sentence with a preposition? To avoid starting a sentence with a ...
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Is it "words in a song," "words to a song," or "words of a song"?

In "I know the words in/of/to that song," do all three prepositions work equally fine? Which is the most common?
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'learning the ropes' should be followed by which prepositions?

I am trying to use the idiom "learn the ropes" in a sentence as below: I am learning the ropes of my new job. Somehow, this doesn't "feel" right, and I think it should be: I am learning the ...
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Russia 'Fired Rockets INTO Ukraine' - BBC

A headline from a BBC News app on my mobile reads: Russia 'fired rockets into Ukraine' I could not find this on the BBC website, but it shows on my cellphone. Why into? You fire at someone/...
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Why is "of" dropped in 'as X (of) a something'?

Can anyone explain why the preposition "of" is deleted in the second sentence below? Please provide relevant examples to understand. If there is a certain rule, then what is the name of ...
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Why is it necessary to add the "of" in "approved of "?

They surely wouldn't have approved my decision. This sounds like perfect English to me. But after searching on Google, I realized I was wrong, that I had to write instead: They surely wouldn't ...
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Is it disappointed with, in, or by?

Are all of those words used? How does the meaning of the sentence change when either one is used instead of the others? 1.I was disappointed with/by my result. 2.I am disappointed with/by/in you/him/...
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Flee from vs flee

Look at the following sentences. Many people fled the city to escape the fighting. Refugees fled from the city. They fled the country in 1987. The family fled from Nazi Germany to Britain ...
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Is the word "like" a preposition or verb in "You made me like this."

Is the word "like" a preposition or verb in the sentence "You made me like this." Any suggestions appreciated. Thank you!
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"Work in a power plant", "work on a power plant" or "work at a power plant"?

Which preposition do I use if I want to say that someone's work place is a power plant? For example: I work in a power plant. I work on a power plant. I work at a power plant.
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"I work {on/with/in} a team"?

I am wondering which of the following sentences is more used or even correct? What is this called? Word-choice, collocation or something else? I work on a team. I work with a team. I work ...
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What is the difference between "don't" & "won't" in the given sentences?

Are these sentences different or same? They don't let you smoke in here. They won't let you smoke in here. Also, is it necessary to use in in the sentences? Would the meaning of sentences change if ...
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'In' the past few years Vs 'Over' the past few years

Which preposition goes better with the below statement? 1: In the past few years I have learnt a lot about super cars. 2: Over the past few years I have learnt a lot about super cars.
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Is it grammatical to say "according to the law" instead of "according the law"?

Is it grammatical to say "according to the law" instead of "according the law"? If so, is there any difference in meaning?
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at vs in (the hospital) - What is different?

I saw your mom in the hospital. I saw your mom at the hospital. What is different in these two sentences? Do two prepositions make significant difference?
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Which is correct: "on foot" or "by foot"?

He went there on foot. Or He went there by foot. Which one is correct, and on what basis?
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"Last night at 9 PM, I ate dinner" -- Does this sentence mean that it began at 9 or finished at 9?

This sentence "Last night at 9 PM, I ate dinner" means that the action began at 9 or finished at 9? Does it mean that I started eating at 9?
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What does "to" mean in "A Complete Guide to..."?

I find it hard to understand what "to" means in this case: "A Complete Guide to the Google Search Console" I wonder if it means "about" or "towards". If so, why don't we use "of" to reflect the ...
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What is the difference between "look at" and "look to"?

I've heard/read/seen both "look at" and "look to" (and "look up at" and "look up to"). Is there a difference between the two? When should I use one over the other?
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"Think of" versus "think about"

Could someone help me to understand when I should use think of and when think about in sentences? What is the difference between using one or the other?
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Which of 'Question on', 'question about', 'question regarding', 'question related to' is best?

Which of these sentences are grammatically correct? A: I have a few questions about this course. B: I have a few questions on this course. C: I have a few questions regarding this course. ...
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"Suggest me" or "Suggest to me"

Could you please suggest me which word to use. Could you please suggest to me which word to use. I am not sure which of the above two forms is grammatical. I am confused because for tell verb we use '...
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Do "once a year" and "once in a year" mean the same thing?

I've seen people using the phrase once a year but I wonder isn't it should be once in a year. Are they both the same and acceptable?
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The meaning of "right" in "right by my desk"

Let's say you were asked where is the book that you borrowed from someone. Then you say: ''It is right by my desk'' What does the right mean in the answer? Does it mean that it is on the desk or ...
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Into his pillow vs. onto his pillow

Google Ngrams says into his pillow is more common than onto his pillow. Example sentence: He sank back into his pillow with a groggy groan. My first thought was that you can only be on your pillow, ...
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Is "spaced by 1 meter" correct English?

Suppose that the distance between A and B is 1m, is it correct and natural to say A and B are spaced by 1 meter
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“experience in” VS "experience with"

A has many years of experience in material design and production technology. A has many years of experience with material design and production technology I have seen both 'with' and 'in' ...
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I look forward to hearing from you or looking forward to hear from you?

Should I say I look forward to hearing from you or looking forward to hear from you? I have doubt because I know that the form of a verb is "to+ infinity" without the addition of the -ing ...
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In programming contexts, "a call for a function" or "a call of"?

In programming context, you can call a function. This usage is listed on the dictionary ("cause the execution of (a subroutine)" by Oxford), and although I wasn't able to confirm with the dictionaries ...
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'study in' or 'study at' (some university)?

I myself normally use at in a sentence such as "I want to study at the Stanford University." But when I saw someone wrote "I want to go to study in the Stanford University," though sounded a little ...
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