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    Hi all,

    I know very well that English prepositions are very difficult to master. A few days ago when I was uploading a few photos on my facebook account, I got just confused between <<to>> and <<for>>. I wanted to name my alblum <<My Visit of Qutab Minar 2012>>. Later I changed my mind and wrote <<My Visit to Qutab MInar 2012>>. Is the former ungrammatical? As per the oald Oxford grammar, visit when used as a noun is normally followed by the preposition <<to>>. For example, a visit to the doctor. So which one is correct: My visit of Qutab Minar (Delhi) or My visit to Qutab Minar (Delhi)?

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    Default Re: difficulties of english prepositions

    When we use "visit" as a verb, we don't use a preposition. When we use it as a noun, we follow it with "to" if it is then followed by the location.

    I visited Greece.
    Here are my photos of my visit to Greece.

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    Default Re: difficulties of english prepositions

    You need '...my visit to Delhi.'

    Regarding the sentence, 'As per the OALD Oxford grammar, visit is always followed by the preposition to', I can't help feeling you've misunderstood something, as there's nothing wrong with

    'We are looking forward to next week's visit of the Queen' or 'We had a visit from the mayor'.

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    Default Re: difficulties of english prepositions

    I feel my question was not clear enough. I certainly meant visit when it is used as a noun. In the sense of visiting some country or some city, should we always use <<visit to>>? My visit to England, My visit to France....etc. Or My visit of England is also possible? Just as we say when we use the word tour. India's tour of England, of Australia......

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    Default Re: difficulties of english prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by birendrapnayak View Post
    I feel my question was not clear enough. I certainly meant visit when it is used as a noun. In the sense of visiting some country or some city, should we always use <<visit to>>? My visit to England, My visit to France....etc. Or My visit of England is also possible? Just as we say when we use the word tour. India's tour of England, of Australia......
    We say "a visit to England etcetera" and "a tour of..." in most cases.

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    Default Re: difficulties of english prepositions

    Thanx for the answer. I have got another doubt: is it on the international scene or in international scene? For example, Indian artists have made a good name in the international scene. Is << in the international scence >> wrong here?

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    Default Re: difficulties of english prepositions

    I don't think 'in' is wrong, but 'on' seems far more natural to me.

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