proposition use


is this sentence crrect: Thus, I was motivated to set my research career goal "of helping" peope increase their income wuth new job development. the correct proposition should bewhich of the followings, helping... helping...

...for helping...

...of helping...

asked Jun 29 '12 at 04:17 Arty Ail New member

in helping

sanjayJun 29 '12 at 04:39

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The answers are certainly on the right track, but the words used before the word helping are not prepositions.  They are adverbs in any dialect of English.  Also, a proposition is quite different from a preposition, and the intended word spelled peope I think is people.



link answered Jun 29 '12 at 18:28 Jack Boatwright New member

While some but not all, of the words in question may serve as adverbs, the only common feature of these words is that they are all prepositions.

Jeff PribylJun 29 '12 at 21:57

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in helping" peope increase their income with new job development. 

link comment answered Jun 29 '12 at 04:50 sanjay Expert

The American English usage is "of helping". "To help" would also be correct.  British English uses "in helping", but has been drifting toward the American usage over the past generation.

link comment edited Jun 29 '12 at 13:58 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

I have to disagree with Jack.


"Of" is solely defined as a preposition (Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Oxford English Dictionary).


"As" is an adverb, but may also be used as a conjunction or preposition.


"In" is a preposition, but may also be used as an adverb, adjective, or noun.


"For" is a preposition, but may also be used as a conjunction

link comment edited Jun 30 '12 at 01:27 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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