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COMMON MISTAKES IN

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tJAN sIE tEK

OFFICIAL & sworn translator

Inventor, Rapid Englishģ

 

 

 

CHAPTER I

USE OF A WRONG PREPOSITION

 

Foreign speakers of English often make mistakes by using a wrong preposition after certain words. The following list includes the words which most often confuse them:

1.    Abroad, not in abroad or to abroad

False: His family has lived in abroad for about ten years now.

True: His family has lived abroad for about ten years now.

2.    Absent from, not in, at or with

False: Donít be absent in any class.

True: Donít be absent from any class.

3.    Absorbed in, not at or with

False: Peter seems absorbed at his work.

True: Peter seems absorbed in his work.

4.    Accede to, not with

False: Never accede with his demand for money.

True: Never accede to his demand for money.

5.    Accordance with, not to

False: All people must conduct business in accordance to the applicable rules.

True: All people must conduct business in accordance with the applicable rules. 

6.    According to, not with

False: Follow the route according with his information.

True: Follow the route according to his information.

7.    Accountable to, not with or for (somebody)

False: The members of Parliament are accountable with the people.

True: The members of Parliament are accountable to the people.

 

8.    Accountable for, not with, with or to (somebody)

False: Nobody will hold him accountable with the fault.

True: Nobody will hold him accountable for the fault.

9.    Accuse of, not for or with

False:  Donít accuse the women for theft.

True: Donít accuse the women of theft.

False: The boy was accused with being absent from school this morning.

True: The boy was accused of being absent from school this morning.

10.  Acclimatize to, not with

False: Please come here early June to acclimatize yourself with the cold.

True: Please come here early June to acclimatize yourself to the cold.

11.  Accustomed to, not with

False: Cindy isnít accustomed with humid weather.

          True: Cindy  isnít accustomed to humid weather.

12.  Afraid of, not from or with

False: The boy  is afraid from the  lion

           True: The boy is afraid of the lion

13.  Agree to, on or upon, not with or about (something)

False: Do you agree with the business proposal?

True: Do you agree to the business proposal?

14.  Agree with, not to (somebody)

False: Do you agree to him?

True: Do you agree with him?

True: Do you agree with him on the proposal?

15.  Aim at, not or against

False: Garry aimed his camera on (or against) the cat.

           True: Garry aimed his camera at the cat.

16.  Analogous to, not with

17.  Analogy to, not with

18.  Anathema to, not for or with

False: Racial discrimination is an anathema for me.

True: Racial discrimination is an anathema to me.

19.  Antithesis of, not with, for or to

False: Generosity is the antithesis to stinginess.

True: Generosity is the antithesis of stinginess.

20.  Angry with or at, not against or about (somebody)

False: The sister was angry against him.

True: The sister was angry with him.

21.  Angry about or for, not with, against or at (something)

False: Can we get angry against his failure?

True: can we get angry about his failure?

False: Donít be angry with the result.

True: Donít be angry about the result, or Donít be angry for the result.

 

22.  Annoyed with, not at or about (somebody)

False: Donít get annoyed about him.

True: Donít get annoyed with him.

True: Donít get annoyed about the result, or Donít get annoyed at the result.

 

23.  In anticipation of, not for

False: The country has bought a lot of modern weapons in anticipation for war against its neighbors.

True: The country has bought a lot of modern weapons in anticipation of war against its neighbors.

24.   answer to, not for (somebody/something)

False: This is the answer for your question

True: This is the answer to your question.

 

25.  Answerable to (somebody), or for (something)

False: Your department is answerable for the general manager.

True: Your department is answerable to the general manager.

False: Your department is answerable to the failure.

True: Your department is answerable for the failure.

False: Parliament is answerable for the people.

True: Parliament is answerable to the people.

 

26.  Anxious (= troubled ) about, not for (something)

False: You are anxious for his safety

           True: You are anxious about his safety

27.  Apologize to, not with or about (somebody)

False: The duty manager apologized with me last night.

True: The duty manager apologized  to me last night.

28.  Apologize for, not about (something)

False: You donít have to apologize about the misunderstanding.

True: You donít have to apologize for the misunderstanding.

29.  Apply for, not about (something)

False: The man is applying about a job.

True: The man is applying for a job now.

30.  Apply to, not with (somebody)

False: Sheís applying with me for a job now.

True: Sheís applying to me for a job now.

31.  Apply, applicable to, not for or with (somebody/something)

False: The new regulation applies  for us and the automotive sector.

True: The new regulation applies to us and the automotive sector.

32.  Arrive at or in, not to

False: I arrived to the hills in the morning.

           True: I arrived at the hills in the morning.

33.  Ashamed of, not from

False: Alvin is now ashamed from his conduct.

           True: Alvin is now ashamed of his conduct.

34.  Believe in, not to or with

False: Christians believe with Jesus Christ

           True: Christians believe in Jesus Christ.

35.  Benefit by, not from

False: Helen has benefited a lot from the change.

          True: Helen benefited a lot by the change.

False: Helen has gained a lot of benefits from the change

False: The change has benefited a lot to her.

True: The change has benefited her a lot.

36.  (intransitive verb) boast (speak highly) of or about, not for

False: Arthur boasted for his success in business.

           True: Arthur boasted of his success in business.

False: Donít boast for your new car.

True: Donít boast about your new car.

 

Note: to boast is also a transitive verb which means ďto have something to be proud of or aboutĒ   and, therefore, is not followed by any preposition

Examples:

Often a valley boasted no inn at all, and climbers found shelter wherever they could. (Walter Unsworth in Matterhorn Man)

 

37.  Careful of, about or with, not for.

False: Cleo is very careful for her health

          True: Cleo is very careful with her health

False: Be careful for the keys.

True: Be careful of/about/with the keys.

38.  Check out of, not from (a hotel etc)

39.  Combination of something and another, not something with another

False: You can now use the combination of red with black.

True: You can use the combination of red and black.

40.  Combined into, not with

41.  Come or go by bus, plane, train etc., not with the train, etc.

False: Billy came with the bus yesterday.

           True: Billy came by bus yesterday.

42.  Come out of, not from (of a house, room etc)

43.  Communicate with, not to

44.  Compare Ö and Ö, or Ö with or to Ö, not Ö from/for Ö

False: Itís very hard to compare Teams A from/for B now.

True: Itís very hard to compare Teams A and B now, or

          Itís very hard to compare Teams A with/to B now.

 

45.  Comparison between Ö and Ö, or comparison of Ö and/to/with Ö, not Ö from/for Ö

False: Have you made any comparison between the new formula from/for the old one?

True: Have you made any comparison between the new formula and the old one?

False: The chart shows a comparison of  Modules A for B.

True: The chart shows a comparison between Modules A and B, or

          The chart shows a comparison between Modules A and B, or

           The chart shows a comparison of Modules A and B, or Modules A to/with B.