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    Confused Prepositions

    I've done an exercise on prepositions found on the net but there are some sentences that I am not sure. I really need your help because I want to prepare this exercise for my students. It would be wonderful if you can give some explanations. The keys are in red (but they are done by non native speaker) and my choices are underlined.
    1. Everything they say is to no account.
    2. On no account I give her an apology.
    3. There are some new arrivals in/ at my class.
    4. I feel more at/ with ease when I stay with my parents.
    5. He meet her on/ in the street.
    6. She entered for/ with the beauty contest.
    7. Of fever, she went off school.
    8. I donít have money with/ about me.
    9. Apple are sold in/ by the dozen.
    10. I live on the fourth floor. He lives above/ over me on the fifth floor.
    11. He sits on/ down his bicycle, riding everywhere.
    12. The bill of/ for the water supply came to $ 55.

    Please help me.

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    Re: Confused Prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by tranlam1609 View Post
    I've done an exercise on prepositions found on the net but there are some sentences that I am not sure. I really need your help because I want to prepare this exercise for my students. It would be wonderful if you can give some explanations. The keys are in red (but they are done by non native speaker) and my choices are underlined.
    1. Everything they say is to no account. This is wrong.
    2. On no account I give her an apology. This is ungrammatical.
    3. There are some new arrivals in/ at my class. "in" is correct.
    4. I feel more at/ with ease when I stay with my parents. "at" is correct.
    5. He meet her on/ in the street. Both are correct.
    6. She entered for/ with the beauty contest. "for" is correct.
    7. Of fever, she went off school. This doesn't make sense.
    8. I don’t have money with/ about me. "with" is correct.
    9. Apples are sold in/ by the dozen. "by" is correct.
    10. I live on the fourth floor. He lives above/ over me on the fifth floor. "above"
    11. He sits on/ down his bicycle, riding everywhere. "on"
    12. The bill of/ for the water supply came to $ 55. "for"

    Please help me.
    Bhai.

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    Re: Confused Prepositions

    She entered for/ with the beauty contest. "for" is correct.
    I wouldn't use any preposition in that sentence.

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    Re: Confused Prepositions

    Thank you so much. Which is the best prepositions I can use in these sentences
    1. Everything they say is to no account. This is wrong.
    2. On no account I give her an apology. This is ungrammatical.
    3 Of fever, she went off school. This doesn't make sense.

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    Re: Confused Prepositions

    #1 Take a look here.
    #2 Invert the word order and incorporate "will" into the sentence.
    #3 Fixing this sentence isn't simply a matter of changing the preposition.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I wouldn't use any preposition in that sentence.
    Nor would I.

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    Re: Confused Prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Nor would I.
    Nor would I, but it's not wrong with "for".

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    Re: Confused Prepositions

    It's very kind of you. Thank you. Please correct these sentences for me.
    1. Everything they say is to no account. ->1. Everything they say is of no account. Is this OK?
    2. Of fever, she went off school. -> 2. Due to fever, she went off school. Is this OK?
    3. Please write your name at/ on the top of the page.
    4. I shall meet you on/ at the corner of the street.
    5. I'm very sorry about/ for what I have done.
    6. Almost selling newspaper children live on/ in the street.
    7. They disposed of their car.
    8. My brother wasn't confident in/ of passing the exam.

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    Re: Confused Prepositions

    help me please. I need your help.

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    Re: Confused Prepositions

    Quote Originally Posted by tranlam1609 View Post
    It's very kind of you. Thank you. Please correct these sentences for me.

    1. Everything they say is to no account. ->1. Everything they say is of no account. Is this OK?
    The preposition is OK but the sentence is a little unnatural. I assume it is supposed to mean "Everything they say is trivial/unimportant".

    2. Of fever, she went off school. -> 2. Due to fever, she went off school. Is this OK?
    I wouldn't use a preposition on its own there. I would use "Full of fever ..." or "With a fever ...". Also, if you mean that she did not attend school that day, the end of the sentence should be "she took the day off school" or "she had the day off school". The whole thing would be better as "She didn't go to school because she had a fever".

    3. Please write your name at/ on the top of the page.
    At.

    4. I shall meet you on/ at the corner of the street.
    You could use either.

    5. I'm very sorry about/ for what I have done.
    You could use either.

    6. Almost selling newspaper children live on/ in the street.
    This sentence is not grammatical. "Almost selling newspaper" doesn't make sense. However, the phrase for people who do not live in a house is "on the street(s)".

    7. They disposed of their car.
    Yes.

    8. My brother wasn't confident in/ of passing the exam.
    Yes.
    See above - my comments are in purple.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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