Prepositions

Time prepositions

December 15, 2012

Time prepositions On Use on with days. I met him on Friday. My birthday is on May 18th. We are having a small party on Christmas day. Use at with clock times and other expressions of time such as noon, night and midnight. The train departs at 6.30. We usually have dinner at 9 o’clock. […]

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Prepositions after particular words and expressions

October 16, 2012

Certain words and expressions are followed by particular prepositions. Here is a list of the most common combinations. Insist on She insisted on paying for the drinks. Interested in He was always interested in politics. Kind to People have always been kind to me. Lacking in She is lacking in tact. Laugh at The little […]

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Correct use of some prepositions

August 5, 2012

Study the following sentences. They contain some common mistakes in the use of prepositions. Resemble Incorrect: This resembles to that. Correct: This resembles that. Incorrect: The baby resembles with her mother. Correct: The baby resembles her mother. The verb resemble does not take a preposition before its object. Write Incorrect: He wrote me. Correct: He […]

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Some prepositional phrases

July 20, 2012

A prepositional phrase is a group of words introduced by a preposition. There are quite a few prepositional phrases in English and these set phrases are often used with specific verbs. Prepositional phrases usually go at the end of sentences. Some of them also go at the beginning of sentences. In this lesson we will […]

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Different uses of about

June 11, 2012

The preposition about has several uses. It can refer to movement or position in various directions or places. The children were running about. (= The children were running in various directions.) Clothes were lying about the room. (= Clothes were lying in various places in the room.) About can also mean near or nearby. Is […]

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Words with appropriate prepositions

August 12, 2011

Some verbs, adjectives and nouns are followed by particular prepositions. Here are some of the most common combinations. Note that alternatives are sometimes possible, and that British and American usage sometimes differ. Absorbed in He is completely absorbed in his research work. Abstain from You must abstain from smoking and drinking. Acceptable to That suggestion […]

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Commonly confused prepositions part 2

June 19, 2011

Across and over can both be used to mean ‘on the other side of a line / road / bridge etc’. There is a hospital across / over the border. (= There is a hospital on the other side of the border.) His shop is across / over the road. (= His shop is on […]

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Commonly confused prepositions

June 19, 2011

About and On Both about and on can mean ‘regarding’. There is a slight difference of meaning. Compare: We had a discussion about money. He gave a lecture on finance. About used in the first sentence suggests that the discussion was ordinary. On used in the second sentence suggests that the lecture was serious or […]

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Prepositions: Some special points to be noted

September 30, 2010

Cases where prepositions are omitted Prepositions of time are generally omitted before words like ‘last’, ‘first’, ‘next’ or ‘this’. I met him last Friday. (NOT I met him on last Friday.) We will discuss the matter next time. I will visit my parents this week. The use of preposition in the following types of sentences […]

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Special uses of some prepositions

September 13, 2010

In and at Both at and in can be used with the names of cities, towns and villages. We use in when we are talking about the place as an area; we use at when we see it as a point. Compare: My sister lives in Tokyo. Our plane stopped at Tokyo on the way […]

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