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Simple prepositions these are the most common

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Unformatted text preview: into, onto/on to (on to is British English, onto is American English), out of. 3) complex prepositions: a two- or three-word phrase that functions in the same way as a simple preposition, as in: according to, as well as, except for, in favor of. Preposition i.e. pre position. Prepositions always occur before the thing they refer to. In: I was born in that house. (Here that house is the object of the preposition in) Prepositional phrases may be adjectival or adverbial, according to what they modify: www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Grammar Review 11 The girl in my science class kissed me. Here, in my science class qualifies girl, and it is adjectival, but in The girl kissed me in my science class. in my science class modifies kissed, indicating where the kiss took place, and it is therefore adverbial. Between refers to two things only; for more than two, use among. I sat between two very large people. We split the loot among the four of us. 1.6.2 Prepositions Frequently Misused You should use prepositions carefully. Some prepositions are used interchangeably and carelessly. For example: beside vs. besides beside - at the side of someone or something Frank stood beside Henry. besides - in addition to Besides his Swiss bank account he has many others in Austria. Exception: some idioms do not refer directly to either direct meaning. She was beside herself with emotion. The use of ‘of’ Phrases such as: could of, must of are incorrect forms for could have, must have etc. between vs. among Use the preposition among in situations involving more than two persons or things and use between in situations involving only two persons or things. The money was divided among the workers. The money was divided between the two boxers. at vs. with: usually at a thing but with a person. Exceptions include throw something at somebody with something, be angry at someone, be pleased with something, and others. For example, www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide – Grammar Review 12 I went at Roger with a bat. What’s wrong with this sentence? Nothing actually, it is grammatically correct. It is simply an odd usage of the prepositions. Be careful to use the right preposition for the meaning you want; agree with differs in meaning from agree to, compare with is distinct from compare to, and so on. The expressions superior to, preferable to and different from are the only standard forms. Student Notes: 1.6.3 Idioms with Prepositions A a sequence of in accordance with be accused of acquiesce in access to adhere to, be an adherent of (follower) affinity with be afraid of agree with (a person/idea) agree to (a proposal or action) aim at allow for an instance of analogy with, analogous to be attended by (not with) attend to appeal to (a person) approval of as a result of associate with attribute A to B (B is attributed to A) authority on B www.manhattanreview.com c 1999 - 2008 Manhatt...
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