Learn Common Errors in the Use of English Prepositions with Pictures and Video.
If you make an error when using a preposition, it is very noticeable and can sound like broken English.
A preposition connects nouns and pronouns and serves to provide necessary details that tell the reader when, where, or how something occurred.
Common Errors with Prepositions | Video
Common Errors in the Use of English Prepositions
- 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: Are you home tomorrow.
- Correct: Are you at home tomorrow.
- Incorrect: There is a limit in my patience.
- Correct: There is a limit to my patience.
- Incorrect: Is your house insured for fire ?
- Correct: Is your house insured against fire ?
- Incorrect: Keep the right.
- Correct: Keep to the right.
- 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: It’s a novel of three volumes.
- Correct: It’s a novel in three volumes.
- Incorrect: He is a student of Harvard University.
- Correct: He is a student at Harvard University.
- Incorrect: He had a child of his former wife.
- Correct: He had a child by his former wife.
- Incorrect: I saw it on the newspapers.
- Correct: I read ( saw ) it in the newspapers.
- Incorrect: Shall we sit in that sofa ?
- Correct: Shall we sit on that sofa ?
- Incorrect: I bought this book with 50 dollars.
- Correct: I bought this book for 50 dollars.
- Incorrect: My father is busy in his business.
- Correct: My father is busy with his business.
- Incorrect: You shouldn’t worry of getting married.
- Correct: You shouldn’t worry about getting married.
Common Errors in the Use of English Prepositions | Images