Preposition in English by Examples & Exercises

The following page is dedicated to preposition learning. We have included many prepositional phrases with preposition exercises providing prepositions examples and object of the proposition. As we know that prepositions rules chart is another requirement so we have tried preposition list pdf which you can say the use of prepositions with examples and list of common prepositions. Some preposition sentences examples are also provided

ERRORS IN THE USE OF PREPOSITIONS

 What is a Preposition?

 A preposition is a word that tells the relation between a noun and a noun or a verb and a noun. For example:

  • There is a book on the table.
  • He is looking at the picture.
  • In these sentences ‘on’ and ‘at’ are prepositions

Points to be kept in the mind in the use of prepositions or prepositions rules chart

The rule I: Between is used for two things/persons. Among is used for more than two things or persons:

Wrong: He divided the money among Tohra and Mohra.

Right: He divided the money between Tohra and Mohra.

Wrong: He divided the money between his twelve sons.

 Right: He divided the money among his twelve sons.

Rule 2: In and On are used for things at rest and into and upon are used to indicate movement.

Wrong: The cat jumped on the table.

 Right: The cat jumped up on the table.

 Wrong: He is sitting upon the floor.

 Right: He is sitting on the floor.

Rule 3: Besides means ‘near’ or ‘at the side of.

Besides means ‘as well as’ or ‘in addition to’.

Wrong: The queen is sitting beside the king.

Right: The queen is sitting beside the king.

Wrong: Besides having a house, he has a farm also.

 Right: Besides having a house, he has a farm also.

Rule 4: No preposition is used after verbs like a reach, order, assist, enter, many, accompany, attack, etc.

Wrong: China attacked India in 1962.

 Right: China attacked India in 1962.

 Wrong: He ordered for a cup of coffee.

 Right: He ordered a cup of coffee.

Wrong: He entered the room.

Right: He entered the room.

Rule 5: Proposition ‘To’ is used with: abandon, accede, adapt, add, adhere, allude, amount, attend, belong, bow, contribute, related, apply, pray, listen, accustomed, blind, faithful, engaged, inferior, superior, junior, etc.

Wrong: He objected at my remarks.

 Right: He objected to my remarks.

Wrong: This pen is superior to that.

Right: This pen is superior to that.

Wrong: I am not accustomed to this kind of weather.

 Right: I am not accustomed to this kind of weather.

Wrong: I pray before God daily.

Right: I pray to God daily.

Rule 6: Proposition ‘AT’ is used with: aim, gaze, glance, hit, jeer, jump, laugh, good, bad, amazed, amused,

Wrong: The hunter aimed by the bird.

 Right: The hunter aimed at the bird.

 Wrong: I was amazed by his stories.

Right: I was amazed at his stories.

Wrong: You should not laugh by the beggar.

Right: You should not laugh at the beggar.

Wrong: He is good at English.

 Right: He is good at English.

 Wrong: He glanced in his watch to know the time.

Right: He glanced at his watch to know the time.

Wrong: Cronje hit on his critics.

 Right: Cronje hit at his critics.

Rule 7: Verbs and adjectives like acquit, accuse, admit, approve, beware, boat, complain, dream, smell, suspect, afraid, ashamed, aware, conscious, deprived, devoid, innocent, jealous, etc. are followed by ‘of’.

Wrong: He was acquitted by the charge against him.

 Right: He was acquitted of the charge against him.

Wrong: He accused me of cheating him.

Right: He accused me of cheating him.

 Wrong: He was deprived in his share.

 Right: He was deprived of his share.

 Wrong: She is jealous of her friend.

 Right: She is jealous of her friend.

 Wrong : He is aware in his shortcomings.

 Right: He is aware of his shortcomings.

 Wrong: He complained for the hot weather.

 Right: He complained of the hot weather.

 Wrong: He is conscious for his mistakes.

Right: lie is conscious of his mistakes.

Wrong: Every wise man is afraid for his wife.

 Right: Every wise man is afraid of his wife.

 Wrong: I want to get rid for my mother-in-law.

Right: I want to get rid of my mother-in-law.

Wrong: He died from cholera.

Right: He died of cholera.

Some More Examples:

INCORRECTCORRECT
1. He goes in school daily.

2. He is not capable for hard work.

3. The robbers attacked on me.

4. What is your secret in success ?

5. I believe on god.

6. His story was full in humour.

7. There is a shortage in water these days.

8. The room was full by people.

9. He has joined in this college.

10. The train reached at the station.

11. The robber entered in the hall.

12. He asked to me to go out.

13. The commander ordered to the soldiers to forward.

14. He is junior than man.

15. I am tired with Jhanda Singh.

16. 1 knocked at the door twice.

17. Katrina Kaif lives at Mumbai.

18. I was surprised by his failure.

19. He took interest on my story.

20. I am waiting my friend.

21. The inspector enquired about the case.

22. Never shirk from duty.

23. I daily pray for God.

24. Life is precious for us.

 25. I was born at 1949.

1. He goes to school daily.

2. He is not capable of hard work.

 3. The robbers attacked me.

4. What is your secret of success?

 5. I believe in god.

 6. His story was full of humour.

7. There is a shortage of water these days.

 8. The room was full of people.

 9. He has joined this college.

10. The train reached the station.

11. The robber entered the hall.

12. He asked me to go out.

13. The commander ordered the soldiers to march forward.

14. He is junior to man.

 15. I am tired of Jhanda Singh.

 16. I knocked the door twice.

17. Katrina Kaif lives in Mumbai.

18. I was surprised at his failure.

 19. He took interest in my story.

20. I am waiting for my friend.

 21. The inspector enquired into the case.

 22. Never shirk duty.

 23. I daily pray to God.

 24. Life is precious to us.

 25. I was born in 1949.

 

English prepositions list– Especially confusing

  1. Agree with-I agree with you.
  2. Agree to-I agree to your proposal.
  3. Act upon (on)-I acted on my father’s advice.
  4. Angry with-lie is angry with me.
  5. Angry at-He is angry at your behaviour.
  6. Aim at-(i) Shayam aimed at the bird.

                       (ii) He has aimed at becoming a doctor.

  1. Accuse of was accused of cheating his friend.
  2. Apply to-He has applied to the officer for leave.
  3. Apply for-1 have applied for the post of a clerk.
  4. Attend to-Please attend to the lecture.
  5. Abstain from-You should abstain from smoking.
  6. Abound in-This pond abounds in fish.
  7. Acquit of-The judge acquitted him of the crime.
  8. Amazed at-1 was amazed at his progress.
  9. Ashamed of-He was ashamed of his conduct and did not meet me.
  10. Beg for-The criminal begged for mercy.
  11. Benefit from-He has benefitted from the new scheme.
  12. Believe in-He does not believe in God.
  13. Base on-This film is based on a famous novel.
  14. Blind to-You are blind to the faults of your brother.
  15. Boast of-He always boasts of his wealth.
  16. Born in-He was born in a rich family.
  17. Blame for-He blamed me for his failure.
  18. Backward in-This area is backward in education.
  19. Belong to this house belongs to Mohan.
  20. Care for-I do not care for Mohan.
  21. Care about-You should take care about your health.
  22. Charged with-He was charged with murdering a man.
  23. Cry for-He is crying for his lost wealth.
  24. Complain of-He complained of low pressure of water.
  25. Compromise with-He compromised with me and settled the matter.
  26. Capable of-He is capable of doing great work.
  27. Cure of-The doctor cured me of cold.
  28. Cure for-What is the cure for cold?
  29. Careful of-He is careful of his health.
  30. Deal in-He deals in cloth.
  31. Deal with-You must deal with the others politely.
  32. Depend on-He depends on his father for all his needs.
  33. Die of-He died of cancer.
  34. Die from-He died from overeating.
  35. Die for-He died for his country.
  36. Different from-This book is different from your book.

EXERCISES:-

Preposition Solved Exercises No. 1
Preposition Solved Exercises No. 2
Preposition Solved Exercises No. 3
Preposition Solved Exercises No. 4
Preposition Solved Exercises No. 5
Preposition Solved Exercises No. 6
Preposition Solved Exercises No. 7