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Learn English online: Top 10 Common English Prepositions Mistakes To Avoid

Learn English online, it’s easy when you have the right tools! Avoid these 10 common English Prepositions mistakes…

The English language is full of prepositions and using them correctly can be extremely challenging for people who are learning to speak English. A preposition is a word that links a noun, pronoun, or noun phrase to the rest of the sentence. Many English learners make common English mistakes when they get them wrong.

Examples of prepositions: at, in, on, with, beside, instead of, …

It’s amazing how, when used incorrectly, these small words can completely sabotage your sentence. One misplaced preposition can completely change the meaning of your sentence. At best your sentence will sound funny to the listener but more often than not it will simply not make any sense at all. Many common English mistakes that learners often get wrong, can easily be avoided. The more you practice speaking English, the more easily you will be able to identify and correct these common mistakes.

There are no set rules or formulas to explain how to use prepositions correctly, so mastering them can be quite tricky. Obviously, reading and listening to authentic English every day will give you more exposure to how prepositions are used correctly. You will naturally develop an awareness of what works and what doesn’t. Otherwise, you just have to learn how to use prepositions correctly.

Here is a list of 10 common English preposition mistakes that are often made by people learning English.

  • Incorrect: He congratulated her for her success
  • Correct: He congratulated her on her success.
  • Incorrect: I cannot agree to you this time, I think you are wrong.
  • Correct: I cannot agree with you this time, I think you are wrong.
  • Incorrect: You will have to answer for your mistake one day.
  • Correct: You will have to answer to your mistake one day.
  • Incorrect: He is afraid from the thunder and lightening
  • Correct: He is afraid of the thunder and lightening.
  • Incorrect: He regretted for his mistake.
  • Correct: He regretted his mistake.
  • Incorrect: They are waiting the arrival of their daughter.
  • Correct: They are waiting for the arrival of their daughter.
  • Incorrect: You must attend at your customer email requests.
  • Correct: You must attend to your customer email requests.
  • Incorrect: She married with her friend’s brother.
  • Correct: She married her friend’s brother.
  • Incorrect: He washes his car in water every weekend.
  • Correct: He washes his car with water every weekend.
  • Incorrect: He is travelling in car.
  • Correct: He is travelling by car.

What prepositions do you find tricky? How well do you know common English prepositions?

Take this simple free test and discover how well you know your prepositions and whether you make common English mistakes?

Will you stay ________ home today?
They are never late. They always come ________ time.
I am going to Iceland ________ ten days.
He always gets up early ________ the morning.
Late ________ night, you can hear owls hooting in the woods.
I have been waiting ________ you for almost half an hour!
If the taxi doesn't arrive ________ the next 5 minutes, I am going to take the bus.
I met my wife ________ her best friend's birthday party.
I was waiting for him ________ my car when it suddenly started to rain.
She will start her new job ________ next month.

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