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The list of English prepositions you've been dreaming about

Author: Sazonova Olya
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The list of English prepositions you've been dreaming about

Prepositions in English is one of the most difficult grammar topics.

Even those learners who are fluent in English may find prepositions difficult, as a 1:1 translation is usually a fail. One preposition in your native language might have several translations depending on the situation.

There are hardly any rules as to when to use which preposition. The only way to learn prepositions is looking them up in a dictionary, reading and watching and listening a lot in English and learning English phrases with prepositions by heart.

In the list below you’ll find some of the most frequently used English phrases with prepositions:

  • to listen to something/ somebody (I don't want to listen to your stories anymore!);
  • to be kind to someone (Please, be kind to your brothers and sisters);
  • to be good / bad at something (I am good at singing, but I am bad at dancing);
  • to laugh at something/ someone (I don't like being laughed at);
  • to smile at something/ someone (I was really happy when she smiled at me);
  • to be responsible for something (He is responsible for the customer management in our company);
  • to be miserable about something (I didn't like my holidays and I was miserable about everything);
  • to be angry with someone (Are you angry with me?);
  • to arrive at - with some place, e.g. hotel, station, etc. (After arriving at a hotel a visitor should check in);
  • to arrive in - with cities, countries (Call me when you arrive in Berlin);
  • to be disappointed with/ in something (I don't like being disappointed with/ in friends);
  • to ask for something (Why are you always asking me for money?);
  • on the telephone (When I talk on the telephone, I always make little sketches);
  • by bus (I go to work by bus);
  • on foot (I like to go to my work on foot);
  • to be on a diet (My mom is always on a new diet);
  • to get married to someone (I am happy to get married to Mary. She is really what I need);
  • to pay in cash (Are you going to pay in cash?);
  • to pay by a credit card (It is so convenient to pay by credit cards!);
  • at the end of something (I could say something only at the end of the meeting);
  • at (Br.Eng)/ on (Am.Eng) the weekend (My granny will come to see us at/on the weekend);
  • on my own (I want to run the project on my own);
  • to be fed up with something (You know, I am fed up with your ignorance);
  • at the age of...(At the age of 5 I understood that Santa didn't exist);
  • to be late for something (He is usually 5 minutes late for work);
  • to be out of order (Sorry, but the cash machine is out of order);
  • to be happy with something (Are you happy with our course?);
  • to be busy with something (He says he is very busy with the project now);
  • to get tired of something (Sometimes people get very tired of their daily routine);
  • to invite someone to a place for a drink (After the meeting we all were invited to the bar for a drink);
  • to accuse smb. of smth. (He accused me of the problems);
  • to agree with smb. (I completely agree with you);
  • to agree to smth. (I can't agree to the deal without thinking);
  • to agree about, (up)on smth. (Both companies agreed about taking steps towards mutual partnership);
  • to apply for smth. to smb. (These women applied for urgent help to the local authorities);
  • to apologize to smb. for smth. (I want you, Timmy, to apologize to your granny for your yesterday's behaviour);
  • to believe in smth. (Do you believe in love at first sight);
  • to benefit by smth. (When we were children, he often benefited by being very cunning);
  • to boast of smth. (I don't like people who boast of their wealth);
  • to borrow smth. from smb ( When I need money I just borrow it from my brother);
  • to congratulate smb. on smth. (I was so happy to congratulate my husband on his promotion.);
  • to deprive smb. of smth. (Sometimes he was too strict, so his children were deprived of any freedom);
  • to die of smth. (They said he had died of a heart attack);
  • to fail in smth. (I wasn't prepared for the exam, so I failed in Maths);
  • to warn smb. of / about smth. (The doctor warned us of drinking much coffee);
  • to be accustomed to smth. (People in Siberia are accustomed to long frosts);
  • to be aimed at smb. (I don't think the cafe is aimed at teenagers);
  • to be different from smth., smb. ( My sister is very different from me);
  • to be dressed in smth. ( The girls were all dressed in fantastic pink dresses);
  • to be guilty of smth. (Unfortunatelly, he was guilty of the crime);

A piece of advice on how to memorize these prepositions

I’m not saying it’s gonna be easy, guysПодмигиваю. But I have a scheme that works (if you work with it, of course). Here it is.

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Write down 10 phrases with prepositions every day and learn them by heart making up your own sentences with the phrase. Keep them simple; don’t try to create long and complicated sentences. A short one (or two) will be just right to let you remember the preposition.

The next day you revise first 10 phrases and learn 10 new and that’s the way you do it all the week. At the end of the week you revise all the phrases with prepositions. In a week you can have one more revision and you’ll see the result!

  • to be indifferent to smb., smth. (I am happy to say that I am indiffirent to chocolate);
  • to be jealous of smb. (I'm pretty sure that she has been jealous of me for years);
  • to be proud of smth., smb. (I have been proud of my son);
  • to be similar to smth. (This bag is very similar to that I bought in Paris);
  • to suffer from something (I suffer from allergy);
  • to be red with anger (When I told my father that I had crashed his car, he was red with anger);
  • to quarrel about/ over something (Never quarrel about money!);
  • to cope with something (I'm not sure he can cope with the stress alone);
  • to be/get pale with fear (When I see a spider, I get pale with fear. - Когда я вижу паука, я бледнею от страха.);
  • to have a talent for something (You can't be a singer if you don't have a talent for singing).

If you liked the article and found it useful, please let me know by making a comment below. Good luck with English prepositions!

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Text by Olya Sazonova  

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