USING THE WRONG PREPOSITION
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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