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    Where to place a preposition, in.

    Hi, I'd like to know where is the right place to use a preposition.

    When I want to say both a year and a country, which require the same preposition, in one sentence, where do I place the preposition?
    In other words, how can I combine the following two sentences?

    A was invented in Germany.
    A was intended in 1930.

    Every sentence I came up with doesn't sound right to me.
    Is " A was involved in 1930, Germany" O.K.?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Where to place a preposition, in.

    Thank you for answering my question.

    Now I understand that it's mandatory to use an 'in' for each expression.
    Do people use/have to use two 'ins' this way, even in casual every day conversation?
    Do they omit one 'in' from time to time?

    Could you please check the following sentences?
    I'd like to make sure that I am using the prepositions properly.

    1. Let's meet at 8:30 at the Starbucks.
    2. Let's meet at 8:30 at my work.
    3. Let's meet on Tuesday, July 11.
    4. Let's meet on Tuesday on the 11th.
    5. Let's meet on Tuesday, 11th.

    Are there any other possibilities besides the above?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Where to place a preposition, in.

    Quote Originally Posted by shimacatu_sa View Post
    Thank you for answering my question.

    Now I understand that it's mandatory to use an 'in' for each expression.
    Do people use/have to use two 'ins' this way, even in casual every day everyday conversation?
    Do they omit one 'in' from time to time?

    Could you please check the following sentences?
    I'd like to make sure that I am using the prepositions properly.

    1. Let's meet at 8:30 at the Starbucks. Don't use the definite article unless you're going to go on to specify a location, ie "Let's meet at the Starbucks by the clock tower".
    2. Let's meet at 8:30 at my work.
    3. Let's meet on Tuesday, July 11th. Correct with the addition as shown in red.
    4. Let's meet on Tuesday on the 11th. You don't need the second "on". "Let's meet on Tuesday the 11th".
    5. Let's meet on Tuesday, 11th. This doesn't work unless you're going to include the month, as in sentence 3.

    Are there any other possibilities besides the above?

    Thank you.
    Other possibilities:

    - Let's meet on the 11th. (This works if you've already discussed the month or if the listener already knows which month you're talking about.
    - Let's meet next Tuesday. I think that's the 11th. (Given that it's now Monday the 10th, we wouldn't actually say this. We'd say "Let's meet tomorrow". The sentence would work for a conversation that took place, say, in the middle of last week.)
    - Let's meet on the 11th - Tuesday. (Here, the dash suggests a brief pause by the speaker, probably while he/she works out what day of the week the 11th is.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Where to place a preposition, in.

    Piscean and emsr2d2,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.
    I do appreciate you thoroughly correcting my mistakes and explaining the reasons.
    I think I need a lot of practice using prepositions and articles.

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    Re: Where to place a preposition, in.

    Along with articles, they are probably the hardest aspect of English to learn. Sometimes, there seems to be no logic involved. You just have to learn example collocations.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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