Omission of prepositions

The following are examples of mistakes made through the omission of the preposition after certain words:

Using the wrong preposition
Mistakes are often made by using the wrong preposition after certain words. The following list includes the words which most often give trouble:


BCS And Bank MCQ - (1)
Anxious (troubled) about, not for.
Incorrect : They're anxious for his health.
Correct: They're anxious about his health.
Note: Anxious meaning wishing very much takes for. Parents are anxious for their children's success.

BCS And Bank MCQ - (2)
Arrive at, not to.
Incorrect : We arrived to the village at night.
Correct: We arrived at the village at night.
Note: Use arrive in with countries and large cities. Mr Smith has arrived in London (or New York, India, etc.)

BCS And Bank MCQ - (3)
Sit at a desk etc., not on a desk etc.
Incorrect : The bank manager was sitting on his desk.
Correct: The bank manager was sitting at his desk.
Note: Also sit at a table. But on a chair, on a bench, on a sofa, etc.; in an
arm-chair, in a tree or up a tree. A bird sometimes perches (sits) on a tree.

BCS And Bank MCQ - (4)
Spend on, not for.
Incorrect : I spend a lot of time for my computer.
Correct: I spend a lot of time on my computer.

BCS And Bank MCQ - (5) 
Succeed in, not at.
Incorrect : I hope he'll succeed at his work.
Correct: I hope he'll succeed in his work.
Note: A person succeeds to a property, a title, or an office: Queen Elizabeth II succeeded to the throne in 1952. Also one person can succeed another.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (6)
Travel by train, etc., not with the train, etc.
Incorrect : He travelled with the train yesterday.
Correct: He travelled by train yesterday.
Note: We say: by train, by boat by plane, by bike; also, by land, by sea, by air, by bus; in a bus or on a bus; by car or in a car, by taxi or in a taxi; on horse-back, on a donkey, on a bicycle; on foot.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (7)
Complain about, not for.
Incorrect : Annette complained for the weather.
Correct: Annette complained about the weather.
Note: When talking about illness we use complain of. We say: She complained of a sore throat.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (8)
Composed of, not from.
Incorrect : Our class is composed from thirty students.
Correct: Our class is composed of thirty students.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (9)
Confidence in, not to.
Incorrect : I have great confidence to you.
Correct: I have great confidence in you.
Note: In confidence: Let me tell you something in confidence (= as a secret)

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (10)
Conform to, not with.
Incorrect :'We must conform with the rules.
Correct: We must conform to the rules.
Note: comply takes with. We'll comply with your request.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (11)
Superior to, not from or than.
Incorrect : This is superior from (or than) that.
Correct: This is superior to that.
Note: Also inferior to, junior to, senior to, subsequent to, prior to.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (12)
Ashamed of, not from.
Incorrect : He's now ashamed from his conduct.
Correct: He's now ashamed of his conduct.
Note: It isn't correct to use ashamed of meaning shy. Ashamed means
feeling shame or guilt about something. Shy means feeling nervous with
someone. Instead of saying: I'm ashamed (or shamed) of my teacher, say:
I'm shy of my teacher.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (13)
Believe in, not to.
Incorrect : We believe to God.
Correct: We believe in God.
Note: To believe in means to have faith in. To believe (without the in) means
to regard something as true: I believe everything he says.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (14)
Boast of or about, not for.
Incorrect : James boasted for his strength.
Correct: James boasted of (or about) his strength.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (15)
Careful of, with or about, not for.
Incorrect : Elke's very careful for her health.
Correct: Elke's very careful of/about her health.
Or: You should be more careful with your money.
Note: Take care of: He takes care of his money.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (16)
Congratulate on, not for.
Incorrect : I congratulate you for your success.
Correct: I congratulate you on your success.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (17)
Absorbed (very much interested) in, not at.
Incorrect : The man was absorbed at his work.
Correct: The man was absorbed in his work.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (18)
Accuse of, not for.
Incorrect : She accused the man for stealing.
Correct: She accused the man of stealing.
Note: Charge takes with: The man was charged with murder.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (19)
Accustomed to, not with.
Incorrect : I'm accustomed with hot weather.
Correct: I'm accustomed to hot weather.
Note: Also used to: He is used to the heat.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (20)
Afraid of, not from.
Incorrect : Laura is afraid from the dog.
Correct: Laura is afraid of the dog.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (21)
Aim at, not on or against.
Incorrect : She aimed on (or against) the target.
Correct: She aimed at the target.
Note: Use the preposition at to denote direction: throw at, shout at, fire
at, shoot at. Shoot (without the at) means to kill: He shot a bird (= he hit
and killed it).

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (22)
Angry with, not against.
Incorrect : The teacher was angry against him.
Correct: The teacher was angry with him.
Note 1: We get angry with a person but at a thing: We was angry at the
weather (not: with the weather).
Note 2 Also annoyed with, vexed with, indignant with a person, but at
a thing.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (23)
Consist of, not from.
Incorrect : A year consists from twelve months.
Correct: A year consists of twelve months.
Note: Take great care never to use consist in the passive form.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (24)
Covered with, not by.
Incorrect : The mountains are covered by snow.
Correct: The mountains are covered with/in snow.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (25)
Cure of, not from.
Incorrect : The man was cured from his illness.
Correct: The man was cured of his illness.
Note: The noun cure takes for There is no cure for that disease.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (26)
Depend on or upon, not from.
Incorrect : It depends from her.
Correct: It depends on (or upon) her.
Note: Rely on or upon. I can't rely on (or upon) him.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (27)
Deprive of, not from.
Incorrect : Nelson Mandela was deprived from his
freedom.
Correct: Nelson Mandela was deprived of his freedom.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (28)
Die of an illness, not from an illness.
Incorrect : Many people have died from malaria.
Correct: 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 their country,
for a cause; through neglect; on the scaffold; at the stake.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (29)
Different from, not than.
Incorrect : My book is different than yours.
Correct: My book is different from yours.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (30)
Disappointed by, about or at, not from.
(a) by/at/about:
Incorrect : Phillipa was disappointed from the low
mark she got in the test.
Correct: Phillipa was disappointed by/about/at the low
mark she got in the test.

(b) with/in:
Incorrect : Jane was disappointed from her son.
Correct: 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.

Divide into parts, not in parts.
Incorrect : I divided the cake in four parts.
Correct: 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).

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (31)
No doubt (n) of or about, not for.
Incorrect : I've no doubt for his ability,
Correct: I've no doubt of (or about) his ability.
Note: Doubtful of: I am doubtful of his ability to pass.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (32)
Dressed in, not with.
Incorrect : The woman was dressed with black.
Correct: The woman was dressed in black.
Note: The woman was in black is also correct.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (33)
Exception to, not of.
Incorrect : This is an exception of the rule.
Correct: This is an exception to the rule.
Note: We say with the exception of: She liked all her subjects with the
exception of physics

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (34)
Exchange for, not by.
Incorrect : He exchanged his collection of matchboxes
by some foreign stamps.
Correct: He exchanged his collection of matchboxes for
some foreign stamps.
Note: In exchange for: He gave them his old car in exchange for a new one.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (35)
Fail in, not from.
Incorrect : Steven failed from maths last year.
Correct: Steven failed in maths last year.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (36)
Full of, not with or from.
Incorrect : The jar was full with (or from) oil.
Correct: The jar was full of oil.
Note: Fill takes with: Jane filled the glass with water.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (37)
Get rid of, not from.
Incorrect : I'll be glad to get rid from him.
Correct: I'll be glad to get rid of him.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (38)
Glad about, not from or with.
Incorrect : Francis was glad from (or with) receiving
your letter.
Correct: Francis was glad about receiving your letter.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (39)
Good at, not in.
Incorrect : My sister's good in maths.
Correct: My sister's good at maths.
Note 1: Bad at, clever at, quick at, slow at, etc. However, weak in: He's
weak in grammar.
Note 2: He's good in class means that his conduct is good.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (40)
Guard against, not from.
Incorrect : You must guard from bad habits.
Correct: You must guard against bad habits.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (41)
Guilty of, not for.
Incorrect : He was found guilty for murder.
Correct: He was found guilty of murder

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (42)
Independent of, not from.
Incorrect : Clare's independent from her parents.
Correct: Clare's independent of her parents.
Note: We say dependent on: A child is dependent on its parents.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (43)
Indifferent to, not for.
Incorrect : They're indifferent for politics.
Correct: They're indifferent to politics.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (44)
Insist on, not to.
Incorrect : He always insisted to his opinion.
Correct: He always insisted on his opinion.
Note: Persist takes in: He persisted in his silly Ideas.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (45)
Interested in, not for.
Incorrect : She's not interested for her work.
Correct: She's not interested in her work.

Note: Also take an interest in: She takes a great interest in music.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (46)
Jealous of, not from.
Incorrect : He's very jealous from his brother.
Correct: He's very jealous of his brother.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (47)
Leave for a place, not to a place.
Incorrect : They're leaving to England soon.
Correct: They're leaving for England soon.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (48)
Live on, not from.
Incorrect : He lives from his brother's money.
Correct: He lives on his brother's money.
Note: Feed on: Some birds feed on insects.
Look at, not to.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (49)
Incorrect : Look to this beautiful picture.
Correct: Look at this beautiful picture.
Note: Also gaze at, stare at, etc.
But: look after (= take care of);
look for (= try to find);
look over (= examine);
look into (= examine closely);
look on or upon (= consider);
look down on (= have a low opinion of),
look up to (= respect);
look out for (= expect);
look forward to (= expect with pleasure);
look to (= rely on)

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (50)
Married to, not with.
Incorrect : Angela was married with a rich man.
Correct: Angela was married to a rich man.
Note: Also engaged to: Sally was engaged to Peter for a year before they got married.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (51)
Opposite to, not from
Incorrect : Their house is opposite from ours.
Correct: Their house is opposite to ours.
Note: Opposite ours is also correct.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (52)
Pass by a place, not from a place.
Incorrect : Will you pass from the post-office?
Correct: Will you pass by the post-office?
Note: Also pass the post-office is correct.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (53)
Play for a team, not with a team.
Incorrect : He plays regularly with that team.
Correct: He plays regularly for that team.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (54)
Pleased with, not from.
Incorrect : The teacher is pleased from me.
Correct: The teacher is pleased with me.
Note: We say pleased at or pleased with if an abstract noun or a clause
follows: They were pleased at (or with) what he said; They were pleased at (or with) her results.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (55)
Popular with, not among.
Incorrect : John's popular among his friends.
Correct: John's popular with his friends.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (56)
Prefer to, not from.
Don't say: I prefer a blue pen from a red one.
Correct: I prefer a blue pen to a red one.
Note: Also preferable to: This car is preferable to my old one.
Preside at or over, not in.
Incorrect : Who presided in the last meeting?
Correct: Who presided at (or over) the last meeting?

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (57)
Proud of, not for.
Incorrect : He's very proud for his promotion.
Correct: He's very proud of his promotion.
Note: We say take (a) pride in A craftsman takes a pride in his work .

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (58)
Rejoice at or in, not for.
Incorrect : We rejoiced for her success.
Correct: We rejoiced at (or in) her success.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (59)
Related to, not with.
Incorrect : Are you related with Simon in any way?
Correct: Are you related to Simon in any way?
Note: Also relation to: Is he any relation to you?

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (60)
Repent of, not from.
Incorrect : He repented from his crime.
Correct: He repented of his crime.
Note: Repentance takes for: He fee/5 repentance for his sin.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (61)
Satisfied with, not from.
Incorrect : Are you satisfied from your marks?
Correct: Are you satisfied with your marks?
Note: Also content with, delighted with, unhappy with, happy with,
displeased with, dissatisfied with, disgusted with.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (62)
Similar to, not with.
Incorrect : Your house is similar with mine.
Correct: Your house is similar to mine.

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (63)
Sure of, not for.
Incorrect : I'm quite sure for her honesty.
Correct: I'm quite sure of her honesty.
Note: Also certain of: I am quite certain of it

 BCS And Bank MCQ - (64)
Surprised at or by, not for.
Incorrect : Harold was surprised for the loud bang.
Correct: Harold was surprised at/by the loud bang.

Usually, most of the students make mistakes in these words

Ask for a thing, not ask a thing.
Incorrect : She came and asked my book.
Correct: She came and asked for my book.


Dispose/get rid of a thing, not dispose/get rid a thing.
Incorrect : He'll dispose/get rid all his property.
Correct: He'll dispose/get rid of all his property.


Dream of a thing, not dream a thing.
Incorrect : Young men dream glory and riches.
Correct: Young men dream of glory and riches.


Explain to a person, not explain a person.
Incorrect : She explained me the matter.
Correct: She explained the matter to me.


Knock at the door, not knock the door.
Incorrect : Who is knocking the door?
Correct: Who is knocking at the door?


Listen to a person or thing, not listen a person
or thing.
Incorrect : They were listening the music.
Correct: They were listening to the music.


Pay for a thing, not pay a thing.
Incorrect : How much did you pay the book?
Correct: How much did you pay for the book?
Note: A person can pay another person. He/She can also pay a bill, an
account, or a subscription He/She pays for a thing that he/she buys.


Point to or at a person or thing, not point a person
or thing.
Incorrect : He pointed the map on the wall.
Correct: He pointed to the map on the wall.
Or: He pointed at the map on the wall.
Note: Also point out: He pointed out the boy who did it. To point (without
any preposition) means to direct: Don't point the gun this way.


Remind a person of something, not remind a person
something.
Incorrect : Please remind me that later.
Correct: Please remind me of that later.


Reply to a person, not reply a person.
Incorrect : She's not replied me yet.
Correct: She's not replied to me yet.


Say to a person, not say a person.
Incorrect : Kevin said me, 'Come tomorrow.'
Correct: Kevin said to me, 'Come tomorrow.'


Search for a lost thing, not search a lost thing.
Incorrect :. They're searching the ball.
Correct: They're searching for the ball.
Note: In search of: The wolf goes in search of sheep. To search someone or
something (without the for) means to look in one's pockets or house: The
policeman searched the man and his house.


Share with a person, not share a person.
Incorrect : My friend shared me his book.
Correct: My friend shared his book with me.


Speak to a person, not speak a person.
Incorrect : I'll speak him about that.
Correct: I'll speak to him about that.
Note: I'll speak to him means I'll do all the speaking; I'll speak with him means
I'll have a conversation with him.


Supply a person with something, not supply a person
something.
Incorrect : Can you supply me all I need?
Correct: Can you supply me with all I need?
Note: Also provide a person with: She provided her son with all
he needed.


Think of a person or thing, not think a person
or thing.
Incorrect : Think a number and then double it.
Correct: Think of a number and then double it.


Wait for a person or thing, not wait a person or thing.
Incorrect : I'll wait you at the cinema.
Correct: I'll wait for you at the cinema.
Note: Await takes no preposition: I'm awaiting your reply.


Wish for a thing, not wish a thing.
Incorrect : He doesn't wish any reward.
Correct: He doesn't wish for any reward.


Write to a person, not write a person.
Incorrect : I'll write her tomorrow.
Correct: I'll write to her tomorrow.



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