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The Common Mistakes Concerned With Using a Wrong Prep.

The Common Mistakes Concerned With Using a Wrong Prep.

Date: Oct 29 2009

Topic: Grammar

Author: firar


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” 

 Lets Start… Undecided

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... Smile

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Great job, firar! Excellent collection and presentation! :-)

11:28 AM Nov 19 2009 |

isef mert

isef mert


thanks a lot for this information.prepositions with verbs always confuse my brain.it is good to be continued.maybe you give information about using prepositions with adjactives..thanks again.take care.

03:55 PM Oct 30 2009 |




Hi Firar! thanks for you lesson. Smile oh, yes. this kind of phrases we better memorize. Then our talking world in English will be broaden. And tough one seems to be, for me, "anxious" ... because i rarely use that words for my job or my conversations to friends, i better memorize it…. and what else.. maybe "arrive "? we can use it with "in" when we arrive in the large city? oh I see… "arrive at" is heard more often I better know the way of use "arrive" with "in".  Thanks Firar!  

06:14 AM Oct 30 2009 |

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