USING WRONG PREPOSITIONS
Mistakes are often made by using a wrong preposition after certain words. The following list includes the words which most often give trouble.
1. Complain of, not for
Don’t say: Many people complain for the heat.
Say: Many people complain of the heat.
2. Composed of, not from.
Don’t say: Our class is composed from thirty boys.
Say: Our class is composed of thirty boys.
3. Confidence in, not to.
Don’t say: I have great confidence to him.
Say: I have great confidence in him.
NOTE: Also “in confidence”: as, “Let me tell you something in confidence” (= as secret)
4. Conform to, not with.
Don’t say: We must conform with the rules.
Say: We must conform to the rules.
NOTE: But “comply” takes “with”: as, “We will comply with your request.”
5. Congratulate on, not for.
Don’t say: I congratulate you for your success.
Say: I congratulate you on your success.
6. Consist of, not from.
Don’t say: A year consists from twelve months.
Say: A year consists of twelve months.
NOTE: Great care must be taken never to use “consist” in a passive voice
7. Covered with, not by
Don’t say: The mountains are covered by snow
Say: The mountains are covered with snow.
By T. J. Fitikides
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