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Hello.
I'd like to know which prepositions are possible for each sentence and which ones are definitely wrong. Also what would be the difference in meaning?

Shall I buy tickets for/to the concert.
The Sahara is one of the most remote parts of/in the world.
There are two sides to/for/of every story.
He has gone to live in/to Paris.
The dog was picked up off/from the street.
She put her hands over/on her eyes.
What can you do to relive boredom on/in a journey.
I was with two aunts on/from my mother's side.
The body appeared at/on the bank of the river.
They saw an old man with/in a red hat.
He is a bad influence on/over the other children.
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LatinHello.
I'd like to know which prepositions are possible for each sentence and which ones are definitely wrong. Also what would be the difference in meaning?

Here is what I think:

Shall I buy tickets for/to the concert.
to: more common
for: ok also


The Sahara is one of the most remote parts of/in the world.
of: correct
in: incorrect
Think of it this way: of the many parts in the world, the Sahara is one.


There are two sides to/for/of every story.
to: correct
for/of: incorrect
Just as there are two sides to a coin: heads and tales.

He has gone to live in/to Paris.
in: correct
to: incorrect.
He went to Paris so he can live in Paris.


The dog was picked up off/from the street.
off: correct
from: incorrect
The dog is now off the street instead of being on the street.


She put her hands over/on her eyes.
over: correct
on: incorrect


What can you do to relive boredom on/in a journey.
on: correct
in: incorrect
One embarks on a journey...also okay to say during a journey.

I was with two aunts on/from my mother's side.
from: okay
on: okay...but may be better to say two aunts who are on my mother's side??


The body appeared at/on the bank of the river.
at: correct
on: incorrect

Unless you are talking about on the water at the bank.

They saw an old man with/in a red hat.
with: okay but this implies he is carrying it instead of wearing it on his head
in: this is not possible, unless you are talking about a huge hat


He is a bad influence on/over the other children.
on: correct
over: incorrect


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One more question:

The Sahara is one of the most remote parts of/in the world.
of: correct
in: incorrect
Think of it this way: of the many parts in the world, the Sahara is one.

According to your explanation did you mean of: incorrect in: correct?

They saw an old man with/in a red hat.
with: okay but this implies he is carrying it instead of wearing it on his head
in: this is not possible, unless you are talking about a huge hat

What would be the way to say he is wearing the red hat, with which preposition?
LatinOne more question:

The Sahara is one of the most remote parts of/in the world.
of: correct
in: incorrect
Think of it this way: of the many parts in the world, the Sahara is one.

According to your explanation did you mean of: incorrect in: correct?
Sorry I didn't make it clear with my example..."of the world" is still the correct answer...in retrospect my example is not a good one...please disregard.

They saw an old man with/in a red hat.
with: okay but this implies he is carrying it instead of wearing it on his head
in: this is not possible, unless you are talking about a huge hat

What would be the way to say he is wearing the red hat, with which preposition?
They saw an old man wearing a red hat.
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Danyoo

I think "an old man in a red hat" is OK. It's just because native speakers say so quite frequently. Am I wrong?

paco
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Paco2004Danyoo

I think "an old man in a red hat" is OK. It's just because native speakers say so quite frequently. Am I wrong?

paco
It's ok to use.

You see that guy over there? Which guy? The guy in the red hat.
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Just a couple of supplementary comments:

1. Shall I buy tickets for/to the concert.
to: more common
for: ok also

— Interestingly, "for" would be more common in BrE. Though you might say "Shall I buy the tickets to London?"

2. What can you do to relive boredom on/in a journey.
— Should be "relieve" boredom. "Reliving boredom" is another matter entirely...And perhaps even more common...

3. The body appeared at/on the bank of the river.
— Both are a little odd: "appeared on/at" is a strange thing for a body to do, in conjunction with "bank of the river". You could say:

"The body was dragged onto the river bank."

"The floating body bumped into the river bank."

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Danyoo
LatinOne more question:

The Sahara is one of the most remote parts of/in the world.
of: correct
in: incorrect
Think of it this way: of the many parts in the world, the Sahara is one.

According to your explanation did you mean of: incorrect in: correct?
Sorry I didn't make it clear with my example..."of the world" is still the correct answer...in retrospect my example is not a good one...please disregard.

So, why do you say:

He is the most intelligent in the class.
I think this sentence makes my question more clear, you say:

Everest is the highest mountain in the world.

So, according to the explanation, should I say:

Everest is one of the highest mountains of the world?
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