Prepositions to learn by heart

Most English prepositions have several different functions, and at the same time, different prepositions can have very similar uses. Many nouns, verbs, and adjectives are normally used with particular prepositions, and as the correct preposition cannot easily be guessed, you just have to learn it by heart.

Incorrect: Let me help you to do your work.
Correct: Let me help you with your work.

Incorrect: I recommend you to take a long vacation.
Correct: I recommend that you take a long vacation.

Incorrect: Come to here.
Correct: Come here.

Incorrect: The sun rises from the East.
Correct: The sun rises in the East.

Incorrect: The thief got in from the window.
Correct: The thief got in through the window.

Incorrect: Let’s begin from page 10.
Correct: Let’s begin at(on) page 10.

Incorrect: There is a limit in my patience.
Correct: There is a limit to my patience.

Incorrect: Please wait inside the white line.
Correct: Please wait behind the white line.

Incorrect: Is your house insured for fire?
Correct: Is your house insured against fire?

Incorrect: I have no house to live.
Correct: I have no house to live in.

Incorrect: What a dirty face! Look at the mirror.
Correct: What a dirty face! Look in the mirror.

Incorrect: This is the key of my room.
Correct: This is the key to my room.

Incorrect: I am going to take a two-year course of English.
Correct: I am going to take a two-year course in English.

Incorrect: The last bus leaves at eleven o’clock. It’s about eleven now, Hurry!
Correct: The last bus leaves at eleven o’clock. It’s nearly (almost) eleven now, Hurry!

Incorrect: Leave your hand from the end of the wire.
Correct: Let go of the end of the wire.

Incorrect: Keep the right.
Correct: Keep to the right.

Incorrect: It is not of only your business.
Correct: It is none of your business.


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