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    what prepositions to use?

    I would like to talk about the following sentences which are similar in their groups.

    (1)
    a) I am going up inthe elevator.
    b) I am going up by the elevator.
    c) I am going up by elevator.

    (2)
    a) I am going up the escalator.
    b) I am going up by the escalator.
    c) I am going up by escalator.

    (3)
    a) The mailman outside talks to me on the intercom.
    b) The mailman outside talks to me by the intercom.
    c) The mailman outside talks to me by intercom.
    d) The mailman outside talks to me through the intercom.

    I have talked about these sentences with my ESL classmates. They all think that all the sentences are grammatically correct.

    Could native speakers please comment on the grammar of the sentences ? Thank you very much.

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    Re: what prepositions to use?

    For 1 and 2, only a is natural.

    For 3, a is still the best answer, but any of them are acceptable.

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