Prepositions

Prepositional phrases

August 9, 2014

A prepositional phrase is made up of a preposition and a noun phrase. Examples are: in the corner, on the roof, under the bed and within seconds. A prepositional phrase has several uses. For example, it can be used as an adverbial of time and place. The work was completed in a few days. She […]

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Except, accept, past, passed

July 18, 2014

Except, expect and accept These words are often confused. Except is a preposition. It should be followed by a noun which acts as its object. Everybody came except John. Here the noun John acts as the object of the preposition except. Except shows the relationship between ‘everybody’ and ‘John’. Expect is a verb I expected […]

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Prepositions exercise

July 5, 2014

Complete the following sentences using appropriate prepositions. 1. A young child cannot distinguish good ………………. bad. a) from b) between c) for d) by 2. Death does not distinguish ………………… the rich and the poor. a) from b) between c) by 3. He is distinguished ……………….. his crooked nose and bald head. a) from b) […]

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Prepositions exercise

June 23, 2014

Complete the following sentences using appropriate prepositions. 1. A dog suddenly ran ………………… the road. It was caught ………………… the wheels of a speeding truck. 2. I stood ………………. the bridge and watched the sky ………………….. 3. When she heard the news she burst ……………… tears. 4. Would you like to come ……………….. me ……………… […]

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Prepositions in collocations

June 19, 2014

Invest with / invest in To invest someone with something is to give them a particular quality. These animals have been invested with an ability to survive in extreme climates. To invest someone with something is to give them power, authority or influence. The Black Cats are invested with the authority to protect the minister. […]

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Preposition collocations with nouns and verbs

June 2, 2014

Prepositions cause a great deal of confusion. Most ESL students find it difficult to use them correctly. One way of learning the correct use of prepositions is to look at several examples illustrating usage. In English, there are a large number of collocations. These are words which are often used together with other words. Examples […]

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Combine using in spite of

May 10, 2014

In spite of is a preposition. It can be followed by a noun or an –ing form. An example is given below. I had a headache. Still, I enjoyed the film. In spite of having a headache, I enjoyed the film. Combine the following pairs of sentences using in spite of. 1. I gave him […]

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Words that take the prepositions to and for

May 6, 2014

Several verbs, adjectives and nouns are followed by prepositions. Most of these expressions are idiomatic. Here is a brief list of words taking the prepositions to and for. The following words take the preposition to. According to He acted according to my advice. Affectionate to The old woman is affectionate to all. Note that we […]

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Before, across and in front of

February 24, 2014

We do not normally use before to talk about position/place. Instead, we use in front of. A tall guy was standing in front of me. There were hundreds of people in front of me in the queue. The professor stood in front of the desk. The opposite of in front of is behind. When the […]

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Unnecessary prepositions

February 18, 2014

Sometimes we use prepositions where they are not necessary. While expressions like ‘check up on’ and ‘as from’ are not exactly considered incorrect, they should be avoided in academic and formal writing. Study the examples given below. Incorrect: If we don’t hurry, we will miss out on the show. Correct: If we don’t hurry, we […]

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