Problem areas: Prepositions
This page aims to help you to use prepositions
Although the number of prepositions in English is fixed, you have probably
found that it is not an easy task to use them correctly. Precisely because
there are only a few of them, they are used extremely frequently and in
various combinations (e.g. verb + preposition, adjective + preposition, noun
+ preposition, and preposition + noun). Note that the use of prepositions is
wrong in these two examples:
1. Prepositional combinations
You can use a preposition with a noun, a verb, and/or an adjective.
In Li’s view, some students are incapable of learning
effectively in the absence of any form of assessment.
Due to the budget cut, the new committee consists
of only ten members, six
of whom will be engaged in this investigation.
Some commonly used combinations in academic communication are given below:
||at a glance
||in due course
||on the whole
2. No prepositions
Some verbs take a direct object and you should not use a preposition after
In the seminar, we discussed various issues related to
the future development of robots.
Our department emphasises the excellence and
applicability of industry-oriented research.
Fill in all the gaps with prepositions, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!