Wednesday 6 April 2022

Important Fixed Preposition & Using the wrong preposition

1. Always use consist of, not from

Don’t say : A week consists from seven days.
Say :  A week consists of seven days.
2. Always use composed of, not  from

Don’t say : This room is composed from eighty people.
Say : This room is composed of eighty people.
3. Always use believe in, not to

Don’t say : We believe to God.
Say : We believe in God.

Note : To believe in means to have faith in To believe (without the in) means to regard something as true.
Like - I believe everything he says.

4. Always use get rid of, not from 

Don't say: I'll be glad to get rid from Neena. 
Say: I'll be glad to get rid of Neena.

5. Always use jealous of, not from 

Don't say: Shawn is very jealous from his friend.

Say: Shawn is very jealous of his friend.

6. Always use popular with, not among 

Don't say: Ronaldo is popular among his mates.
Say: Ronaldo is popular with his mates.

7. Always use satisfied with, not from 

Don't say: Are you satisfied from your results?
Say: Are you satisfied with your results? 

Note: ‘with’ is always used after - content, delighted, unhappy, happy, displeased, dissatisfied, disgusted.

8. Always use leave for a place, not to a place

Don't say: Mehjabin is leaving to Italy soon.
Say: Mehjabin is leaving for Italy soon.

9. Always use good at,  not in 

Don't say: I am good in English. 
Say: I am good at English.

Note : ‘at’ also used after bad, clever, quick, slow. But ‘in’ is used after ‘weak’
Example : My friend is weak in grammar



➖Using the wrong preposition➖

21. Cure of, not from.

✖️Don't say: The man was cured from his illness.

✔️Say: The man was cured of his illness.

Note: The noun cure takes for: There is no cure for that disease.

➖Using the wrong preposition➖

22. Depend on or upon, not from.

✖️Don't say: It depends from her.

✔️Say: It depend on (or upon) her.

Note: Rely on or upon: I can't rely on (or upon) him.

➖Using the wrong preposition➖

23. Deprive of, not from.

✖️Don't say: Nelson Mandela was deprived from his freedom.

✔️Say:  Nelson Mandela was deprived of his freedom.

➖Using the wrong preposition➖

24. Die of an illness, not from an illness.

✖️Don't say: Many people have died from malaria.

✔️Say:  Many people have died of malaria.

Note: People die of illness, of hunger, of thirst, of or from wounds; from overwork; by violence, by the sword, by pestilence; in battle; for a cause; through neglect; on the scaffold; at the stake.

➖Using the wrong preposition➖

25. Different from, not than.

✖️Don't say: My book is different than yours. 

✔️Say: My book is different from yours.

➖Using the wrong preposition➖

26. Disappointed by, about or at, not from.

(a) by/at/about:
✖️Don't say: Philippa was disappointed from the low mark she got in the test.

✔️Say: Philippa was disappointed by/about/at the low mark she got in the test.

(b) with/in:
✖️Don't say: Jane was disappointed from her son.

✔️Say: Jane was disappointed with/in her son.

Note: Before a person we use “with” or “in”, before a thing we use “at”, “about” or “by” and before a gerund we use “at”: Keith is very disappointed at not winning the prize. We use “that” (optional before a new clause): I was disappointed (that) I didn't get an invitation.

➖Using the wrong preposition

27. Divide into parts, not in parts.

✖️Don't say: I divided the cake in four parts.

✔️Say: I divided the cake into four parts.

Note: A thing may be divided in half or in two: Paul divided the apple in half (or in two).

➖Using the wrong preposition➖

28. No doubt of or about, not for.

✖️Don't say: I've no doubt for his ability.

✔️Say: I've no doubt of (or about) his ability.

Note: Doubtful of: I am doubtful of his ability to pass.

➖Using the wrong preposition➖

29. Dressed in, not with.

✖️Don't say: The woman was dressed with black.

✔️Say: The woman was dressed in black.

Note: The woman was in black is also correct.

➖Using the wrong preposition➖

30. Exception to, not of.

✖️Don't say: This is an exception of the rule.

✔️Say: This is an exception to the rule.

Note: We say “with the exception of ”: She liked all her subjects with the exception of physics.

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