At, in and to: exercise

February 8, 2011pdf

Fill in the blanks with appropriate prepositions.

1. He gets …………………. the market by bike. (at / to)

2. My parents live ………………….Singapore. (at / in)

3. I go ……………………. Singapore to see them whenever I can. (at / to)

4. I went to see my parents ……………………. Singapore. (in / to)

5. Let’s go …………………….. Marcel’s for coffee. (to / at)

6. Let’s go and have tea ……………………. Smith’s. (to / at)

7. Why are you looking ……………………. me like this? (to / at)

8. Stop throwing stones …………………… the cats. (at / to)

9. When did you arrive …………………….. Mexico? (in / to)

10. Could you shout …………………. James and tell him it is time he started. (to / at)

Answers

1. to (To is used for movement and direction.)

2. in (At and in are generally used for position. With a larger place we usually use in.)

3. to (See Answer 1 for explanation.)

4. in (If the purpose of a movement is mentioned before the destination, we usually use at / in before the place.)

5.  to (To indicate purpose we use to.)

6. at (See answer 4 for explanation)

7. at (Verbs like look, smile, wave, frown etc., are followed by at to indicate the target of a non-verbal communication.)

8. at (At is used after verbs referring to attacks or aggressive behavior.)

9. in (Arrive is followed by at or in. It can’t be followed by to.)

10. to (When there is no idea of attack, shout is followed by to.)

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