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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Correct use of prepositions – part II

August 24, 2010

In and At In is usually used with large places – countries, districts, large cities etc. At is generally used for small and unimportant places like villages, small towns etc. We shall meet him at the club this evening. His brother lives in Paris. Notes: This rule is not very rigidly followed. In is often […]

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Correct use of some prepositions

August 23, 2010

Prepositions may be small words, but they are very important ones and their correct use shows your mastery of the language. Here are some hints about the correct use of some prepositions. Beside and besides Beside means ‘by the side of’. Besides means ‘in addition to’. They have a house beside the sea. (by the […]

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Relations shown by prepositions

August 22, 2010

Prepositions show various kinds of relations. The most important among them are the following: Place She ran across the street. The boy fell among the thorns. We were at the foot of the hill. The thief was hiding behind the cupboard. Time I have a meeting in the afternoon. You must return before sunset. Wait […]

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June 5, 2010

Read the following sentences: There is some water in the bottle. He is fond of his daughter. He fell off the ladder. In sentence 1, the word in shows the relation between two things – water and bottle. In sentence 2, the word of shows the relation between the adjective fond and the noun daughter. […]

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