Common Mistakes In The Use of Prepositions in English

In this lesson, you will learn common mistakes in the use of prepositions in English that many ESL learners make mistakes.

Common Mistakes In The Use of Prepositions

Correct:

  • George invests her money in the stock market.

Incorrect:

  • George invests her money on the stock market.

 

Correct: 

  • My birthday is in September.

Incorrect:

  • My birthday is on September.

 

Correct: 

  • Mary is married to a doctor.

Incorrect:

  • Mary is married with a doctor.

 

Correct:

  • It has been snowing since Saturday.

Incorrect:

  • It has been snowing from Saturday.

 

Correct:

  • She was afraid of dogs.

Incorrect:

  • She was afraid from dogs.

 

Correct:

  • His car is superior to mine.

Incorrect:

  • His car is superior than mine.

 

Correct:

  • John failed in chemistry last week.

Incorrect:

  • John failed from chemistry last week.

 

Correct:

  • You can insure against theft.

Incorrect:

  • You can insure for theft.

 

Correct:

  • We went on a trip last month.

Incorrect:

  • We went in a trip last month.

 

Correct:

  • His name was inscribed in the book.

Incorrect:

  • His name was inscribed by the book.

 

Correct:

  • John was just in time to catch the taxi.

Incorrect:

  • John was just on time to catch the taxi.

 

Correct:

  • George’s methods are different from yours.

Incorrect:

  • George’s methods are different than yours.

 

Correct:

  • There are more than 200 clients there.

Incorrect:

  • There are over 200 clients there.

 

Correct:

  • Our company is ashamed of him.

Incorrect:

  • Our company is ashamed for him.

 

Correct:

  • Mary feels superior to everybody else.

Incorrect:

  • Mary feels superior than everybody else.

 

Correct:

  • The customer was on time for the meeting.

Incorrect:

  • The customer was in time for the meeting.

 

Correct:

  • Look out of the window.

Incorrect:

  • Look out window.

 

Correct:

  • Meet the board members at the office.

Incorrect:

  • Meet the board members in the office.

 

Correct:

  • Our MD is aiming at leaving South America.

Incorrect:

  • Our MD is aiming for leaving South America.

 

Correct:

  • The player died of leukaemia.

Incorrect:

  • The player died from leukaemia.

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Mistakes In The Use of Prepositions

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