Common mistakes can be based on misused forms. Misused Forms are usually concerned with using a wrong preposition because “using prepositions” is a difficult topic. This lesson main purpose is to help to correct the common mistakes about using prepositions.
The First Eleven
“A and B”
1.absorbed (=with sb’s attention completely held) in, not at
(False) - She was absorbed at her work.
(True) – She was absorbed in her work.
2.accuse of, not for
(False) - He was accused for murder.
(True) – He was accused of murder.
(False) - He accused her for cheating.
(True) – He accused her of cheating.
3.afraid of, not from
(False) -He is not afraid from spiders.
(True) - He is not afraid of spiders.
4.aim at, not on
(False)She aimed on the horse.
(True)She aimed at the horse.
5.angry with (a person), not against (a person)
(False) – Police was angry against him.
(True) – Police was angry with him.
angry at (a thing), not with or against (a thing)
(False) - she was angry with the weather.
(True) – She was angry at the weather.
6.annoyed with (a person), not against (a person)
(False) – She is annoyed against herself for failing the exam.
(True) – She is annoyed with herself for failing the exam.
7.anxious (=worried and nervous) about, not for
(False) – We are anxious for his sanity
(True) – We are anxious about his sanity
anxious (=eager to do sth) for, not about
(False) – We are anxious about our friends’ success
(True) – We are anxious for our friends’ success
8.arrive at, not to
(False) – we arrived to the village last night
(True) – we arrived at the village last night
arrive in (for countries or large cities), not to or at
(False) – Mr. John has arrived to Madrid (Tokyo, Rome, Ukraine, Turkey, Ankara, etc)
(True) – Mr. John has arrived in Madrid (Tokyo, Rome, Ukraine, Turkey, Ankara, etc)
9.ashamed of, not from
(False) – Mr. Smith was ashamed from his mistkake. I am ashamed from my teacher.
(True) – Mr. Smith was ashamed of his mistake. – I am ashamed of my teacher.
10.believe in, not to
(False) – Muslims believe to the Prophet Muhammad. - Christians believe to Jesus Christ.
(True) – Muslims believe in the Prophet Muhammad. - Christians believe in Jesus Christ
NOTE: “To believe in” means to have faith in
“To believe (without in)" means to regard as true, “I believe what she says”
11.boast of (or about), not for
(False) – he boasted for his car.
(True) – he boasted about (or of) his car
to be continued...
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