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. Divide into parts, not in parts
Don’t say: I divided the cake in four parts
Say: I divided the cake into four parts.
NOTE: But a thing may be divided “in half” or “in two“: as, “He divided the apple in half (or in two).”
2. Doubt (noun) of or about, not for.
Don’t say: I have no doubt for his ability.
Say: I have no doubt of (or about) his ability.
NOTE: Also “doubtful of“: as “I am doubtful of his ability to pass”
3. Dressed in, not with.
Don’t say: The woman was dressed with black.
Say: The woman was dressed in black.
NOTE: “The woman was in black,” is also correct.
4. Exception to, not of.
Don’t say: This is an exception of the rule.
Say: This is an exception to the rule.
NOTE: But we say “with the exception of“: as, “He liked all his studies with the exception of Latin.”
5. Exchange for, not by.
Don’t say: They exchanged wheat by machinery.
Say: They exchanged wheat for machinery.
NOTE: Also “in exchange for“: as, “He gave his old car in exchange for a new one.”
6. Fail in, not from.
Don’t say: He failed from mathematics last year.
Say: He failed in mathematics last year.
7.Full of, not with or from.
Don’t say: The jar was full with (or from) oil.
Say: The jar was full of oil.
NOTE: But “fill” takes “with“: as “He filled the glass with water.”
By T. J. Fitikides
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