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    Preppositions

    Can you help me check these sentences? Are the prepositions used correctly? Can you suggest the best ones?
    1. The army marched to Paris.
    2. Cinema has little attraction for her.
    3. Smoking is harmful for/ to your health. (can I use either?)
    4. Donít give up hope yet. Be confident of/ in the success. (can I use either?)
    5. They matched in step.
    6. The climate of our country is favorable for/ to agriculture. (can I use either?)
    Thank you!

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    Re: Preppositions

    Quote Originally Posted by tranlam1609 View Post
    Can you help me check these sentences? Are the prepositions used correctly? Can you suggest the best ones?
    1. The army marched to Paris. Yes
    2. Cinema has little attraction for her. Yes
    3. Smoking is harmful for/ to your health. (can I use either?) No.I would use 'to.'
    4. Donít give up hope yet. Be confident of/ in the success. (can I use either?) No. Use 'of' and eliminate 'the.'
    5. They matched in step. Do you mean marched? If so, it's correct.
    6. The climate of our country is favorable for/ to agriculture. (can I use either?) Yes
    Thank you!
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    Re: Preppositions

    Thank you so much.
    When I look it up in a dictionary I only find "confident of " but I see "confident in" on the net. Is "confident in" a correct phrase?

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    Re: Preppositions

    You can have confidence in somebody but you can only be confident of success.

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    Re: Preppositions

    Hi translam,

    You might find the Ozdic online collocation dictionary useful, if you're not already familiar with it. Just Google Ozdic, that should lead you to the correct page.


    For prepositions alone, it lists 'about, between, among and in'. If you look at the other examples you will see that 'of' is also used.

    Hope this helps

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    Re: Preppositions

    Thank you!
    Please wait here. I’ll have some tickets available for/ to them. (Can I use either?)

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    Re: Preppositions

    Quote Originally Posted by tranlam1609 View Post
    Thank you!
    Please wait here. I’ll have some tickets available for/ to them. (Can I use either?)
    Only "for" works there.

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    Re: Preppositions

    Can you explain it to me: the differences between available for and available to? I'm a little confused.

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    Re: Preppositions

    You can also say "The army marched on​ Paris".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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