USING A 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. Cure of, not from.
Don’t say: The man was cured from his illness.
Say: The man was cured of his illness.
NOTE: But noun “cure” takes “for”: e.g. “There is no cure for that disease.”
2. Depend on or upon, not from.
Don’t say: It depends from himself.
Say: It depends on (or upon) himself.
NOTE: Also “rely on” or “upon”: e.g. “I cannot rely on (or upon) him.”
3. Deprive of, not from.
Don’t say: He was deprived from his freedom.
Say: He was deprived of his freedom.
4. Die of an illness, not from an illness.
Don’t say: Many people have died from malaria.
Say: Many people have died of malaria.
5. Different from, not than.
Don’t say: My book is different than yours.
Say: My book is different from yours.
6. Disappointed in, not from.
Don’t say: I was disappointed from his work
Say: I was disappointed in his work.
NOTE: We are disappointed in a thing when we see that it is not what we expected or desired, but we are disappointed of a thing when we fail to get it: as, “We were disappointed of our hopes.”
7. Divide into parts, not in parts.
Don’t say: I divided the cake into four parts.
Say: I divided the cake into four parts.
By T. J. Fitikides
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