Tag Archives: Prepositions

Attached or enclosed?

WRONG Please find the template agreement enclosed to this email. RIGHT Please find the template agreement attached to this email. Emails have attachments – an attachment is attached to an email. Letters, or anything else sent by post or courier, … Continue reading

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The difference between “by” and “until”

WRONG Write the report until 5 pm. RIGHT Write the report by 5 pm.  Write the report until 5 pm means “Start writing the report now, continue writing it until 5 pm, then stop writing it regardless of whether it … Continue reading

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Write “wait until” NOT “wait with”

WRONG The company does not have to wait with the redundancies until the termination period ends. RIGHT The company does not have to wait until the termination period ends before making the redundancies. This mistake is very common among speakers … Continue reading

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How to translate “na koncie” / “na konto”

WRONG In English the phrase on a bank account is ALWAYS WRONG! RIGHT Payments are made into a bank account; money is transferred to a bank account; and, once a payment or transfer has been made, money is in a bank … Continue reading

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As of

“As of” is a little phrase but I have a lot to say about it. Although it is very common in business writing it can create ambiguity if used incorrectly. Ambiguity is caused by the fact that “as of” has … Continue reading

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“At” a meeting, NOT “on” a meeting

Never say on a meeting. The correct way to say it is at a meeting. This is a very common mistake among speakers of Slavic languages. WRONG We amended the documents according to the instructions you gave us on the … Continue reading

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When is it correct to use “to” plus –ing (part 2)

I said in the last post that when “to” acts as a preposition it is usually followed by an –ing form or a noun/noun phrase. Now we will look at exceptions to this rule. The most important exception relates to … Continue reading

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