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    Dear English experts,

    Do you think the prepositions are necessary in the following sentences ?

    1. Lecture on every Friday will be held at room 4.

    2. This unique history is something that I am not sure of .

    3. On whether she is coming or not ,we have to proceed to our journey .

    4. This is the only book that I have to rely on for my research .

    5. The writing skills are the are that students have to practise on .

    I find it difficult to use the correct prepositions. Is there any way for me to improve my skills in using prepositions ?

    Thanks .

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    Do you think the prepositions are necessary in the following sentences?
    • 1. Lecture on every Friday will be held at room 4.

      2. This unique history is something that I am not sure of .

      3. On whether she is coming or not ,we have to proceed to our journey .

      4. This is the only book that I have to rely on for my research .

      5. The writing skills are the are that students have to practise on .


    1. The sentence is a little awkward. Try:

    • A lecture will be held every Friday in room 4.


    2. That one is fine.

    3. Delete On. Also, it should be proceed with.

    4. That one is fine. (The on in rely on is not a preposition but part of a phrasal verb. [Edit])

    5. You don't need on at the end of that sentence.

    Try:

    • The writing skills are what students have to practise.


    Any more questions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Learner
    I find it difficult to use the correct prepositions. Is there any way for me to improve my skills in using prepositions ?
    That's a toughie. The use of prepositions often doesn't follow any pattern that can be easily explained if at all. I guess we'll just have to work on it. :)

    By the way, you don't need to leave your QM (question mark) out there all by itself. :wink:

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    There's no quick answer to prepositions because they have so many functions and are often idiomatic (phrasal verbs) or seemingly random (why succeed in and depend on).

    We've got a glossary of phrasal verbs that might help:
    http://www.usingenglish.com/referenc...sal-verbs.html

    However, the real answer is time, practice and paying attention.

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