How to find out what questions have been asked concerning the prepositon on? Clicking on the tag preposition does not give any results.

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    Here is another link to questions with the prepositions "on" and "in" english.stackexchange.com/… (DO NOT place a space after the colon : )
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 11, 2014 at 11:36
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    click on Preposition tag, in the search box write is:question and put in inverted commas the preposition you are interested in. Example [prepositions] is:question "on" english.stackexchange.com/… This yields 433 results.
    – Mari-Lou A
    May 11, 2014 at 11:43
  • It might be worth noting that on (in?!) your own question regarding this particular preposition (early on, later on - How to explain “on”?), you didn't actually include the "preposition" tag anyway. If you don't bother tagging your own questions thoroughly, what makes you think anyone else will? May 11, 2014 at 23:15
  • @FumbleFingers - to me, this is a common problem, and where tag edits come in. Had I seen this, I would have done a tag edit. We won't see them all, but better late than never. May 12, 2014 at 22:36
  • @medica: I hardly ever use the built-in ELU search facilities because of the serious limitations imposed by the fact that they don't index "noise" words like on. Google's "site-specific search" facilities work much better for me, but of course they don't know anything about tags. Probably mainly because of that, I don't bother much about tags myself (but I certainly wouldn't want to dissuade anyone else from "housekeeping" them). May 12, 2014 at 22:48

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Click on the preposition tag, in the search box write


DO NOT leave a space after the colon, and put in inverted commas the preposition you are interested in. For example

[prepositions] is:question "on" "in"

This yielded 299 results. Adding at narrowed it down to a total of 66 results. Without the inverted commas/speech marks the results are zero.

  • I didn't know this. It will make searching for dupes easier. Thanks. May 12, 2014 at 22:37

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