Common Mistakes in English Language(7)

Common Mistakes in English Language


Mistakes are often made using the wrong preposition after certain words. The list below includes the words which most often give trouble

1. Absorbed (= very much interested) in, not at.

Don’t say: The man was absorbed at his work.

Say: The man was absorbed in his work.

2. Accuse of, not for.

Don’t say: He accused the man for stealing.

Say: He accused the man of stealing.

3. Accustomed to, not with.

Don’t say: I am accustomed with hot weather.

Say: I am accustomed to hot weather.

NOTE: Also “used to”: as, “He is used to the heat.”

4. Afraid of, not from.

Don’t say: The girls is afraid from the dog.

Say: The girl is afraid of the dog.

5. Aim at, not on or against.

Don’t say: He aimed on (or against) the bird.

Say: He aimed at the bird.

NOTE: The preposition at is often used to denote direction: as, “throw at,” “shout at,” “fire at.” But “shoot” (without at) means to kill: e.g. “He shot a bird” (= he hit and killed it).

6. Angry with, not against.

Don’t say: The teacher was angry against him.

Say: The teacher was angry with him.

7. Anxious (= troubled) about, not for

Don’t say: They are anxious for his health

Say: They are anxious about his health.

NOTE: But “anxious” meaning “wishing very much” takes “for” e.g. “Parent are anxious for their children success.”


By T. J. Fitikides

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