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Preposition Handout #1

 

Complete the following sentences using the following prepositions: of, out, in, at, with

  1. When she did her summer cleaning she threw a lot of old clothes_____.
  2. Please don’t get angry _____ me. It’s not my fault.
  3. The students didn’t agree _____ anything the teacher said.
  4. Can you take care _____ my dog while I’m away on holidays?
  5. I think walking _____ the rain is relaxing.
  6. She thinks she is very beautiful; she is always looking _____ the mirror.
  7. They can’t go on the picnic because _____ the heavy rain.
  8. The economy in Taiwan has been very bad; many stores have gone _____ of business.
  9. I don’t think she is a good mother; she is always yelling _____ her children.
  10. People should not be allowed to drive a car and talk on a cell phone _____ the same time.
  11. Can you please hold on? I’ll be with you _____ a minute.
  12. She is the most beautiful _____ the three.
  13. You must be careful with expensive items when you are on holidays, or someone could have run away _____ them.
  14. He took the drivers license test many times, finally _____ the end he passed
  15. Walking down stairs _____ the dark is very dangerous.
  16. I am fed up _____ my job; I’m going to quit tomorrow.
  17. When you are crossing the street you must look _____ for cars.
  18. Once you have finished your employment application, please hand it _____ to the manager.
  19. He is very tall, no wonder he is so good _____ basketball
  20. The fireman put _____ the fire in 3 hours.

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Preposition Handout #2

 

  1. Complete the following sentences using the following prepositions: by, for, of, on, in.
  2. You should be ashamed _____ yourself.
  3. What number do you get when you divide 21 ____ 7?
  4. Sogo has a big sale on right now, 50% off; I want to take advantage ___ this special offer.
  5. Congratulations ____ your twenty first birthday.
  6. Her name is Josephine, but you can call her Joe ____ short.
  7. The manager of our company is away ____ business this week.
  8. We’ve had such a busy day. At least ten people phoned in the last hour. Oh ____ the way, there’s a message here for you.
  9. I am Taiwanese ____ birth, but I have a Canadian nationality.
  10. You can change your job, move your house, but marriage is ____ life.
  11. Hamlet is a play ____ William Shakespeare.
  12. I had taken the TOEFL test many times, finally ____ the end I passed.
  13. Have you seen the newspaper today? There’s a big picture ____ you on the front page.
  14. Judy is studying very hard. She plans ____ getting a good degree.
  15. Because of a lack ____ interest the concert was cancelled.
  16. I don’t trust the post office, so I delivered the parcel ____ hand.
  17. I am really hungry; can we get something to eat ____ the way home?
  18. There is still no known cure ____ cancer.
  19. Please sit down, the doctor will see you ____ a moment.
  20. Even tough I practice a lot, I still seem to lose a lot ____ the time.
  21. Did he give you any reason ____ the way he behaved?

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Preposition Handout #3

 

Complete the following sentences using the following prepositions: to, toward, on, onto, in, or into.

  1. Anna has returned ______ her home town.
  2. The dog jumped ______ the lake.
  3. Are the boys still swimming ______ the pool?
  4. Thomas fell ______ the floor.
  5. The plane landed ______ the runway.
  6. We drove _____ the river for an hour, but turned north before we reached it.
  7. The kids climbed ______ the monkey bars.
  8. Joanna got ______ Fred's car.
  9. The baby spilled his cereal ______ the floor.
  10. We cried to the man on the ladder, "Hang ______!"
  11. I just called ______ say I love you.
  12. Matthew and Michelle moved the table ______ the dining room.
  13. Allan left your keys ______ the table.
  14. Dr. Smith apologized for interrupting us, and told us to carry ______ with our discussion.
  15. I'd like ______ ask you a question.
  16. Pat drove Mike ______ the airport.
  17. Glenn almost fell ______ the river.
  18. The waitress noticed that there was no more Diet Pepsi ______ Marty's glass.
  19. Lee and Sarah took the bus that was heading ______ the university.
  20. Mary Sue jumped ______ the stage and danced.

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Preposition Handout #4

 

Complete the following sentences using the following prepositions: for, with, on, to, by, in.

  1. He thinks he is better than everyone else. That’s why he always talks down ____ people.
  2. If you go to the park at night watch out ____ muggers?
  3. When you only have a little money you have to look at cutting down ___ expenses.
  4. Congratulations ____ your 21st birthday.
  5. Her name is Louise, but you can call her Lou ____ short.
  6. When are you going to fix that broken window? Don’t worry; I will get around ___ it one of these days.
  7. Sue is sick again. She is always coming down _____ some sickness.
  8. Can you pay for lunch I didn’t bring any money with me? I’ll settle up ____ you later.
  9. Who did you vote ____ in the last election?
  10. “Catcher in the Rye” is a book ____ J.D. Sallinger.
  11. I tried calling her many times, finally ____ the end I got a hold of her.
  12. Do you think that people should be able to experiment ____ animals?
  13. I can’t find my book; someone must have run away ____ it.
  14. If you send that letter ____ air mail it will get there faster.
  15. When the sky is red in the morning, it means we are in _____ some bad weather.
  16. I need some gas; can we stop and fill up ____ the way to work?
  17. There is still no known cure ____ cancer.
  18. Please have a seat, the dentist will see you ____ a moment.
  19. I’ve been looking around ____ somewhere to live, but still haven’t found a good place.
  20. If you are going to travel to Japan, you should brush up ____ your Japanese.

 

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Preposition Handout #5

 

Complete the following sentences using the prepositions at, about, against, from, of

  1. I don’t know her real age; I can only guess _____ how old she really is.
  2. I know _____ experience that I do my best when I write a test in the afternoon.
  3. He was going to mail my letter, but he forgot all _____ it.
  4. How does Taiwanese differ _____ Chinese?
  5. Even though I practice a lot I’m not very good ____ basketball.
  6. Is it possible to insure yourself ______ an earthquake in Taiwan.
  7. You should be ashamed ____ yourself!
  8. Today has been a good day; I haven’t found anything to complain ____.
  9. I bought an old motorcycle for a cheap price, and then I cleaned it up and sold it the next day_____ a profit.
  10. She took advantage ____ his kind offer to help her paint her house.
  11. Susan's wallet was stolen ____ her car.
  12. We had a long discussion _____ the best way to learn a foreign language.
  13. I am amazed _____ the way the students at Wan Hysen can remember how to use all these prepositions.
  14. “How can I discourage my boyfriend _____ trying to kiss me all the time?”
       “Eat lots of Garlic!”
  15. Sally just got her hair cut. I don’t know what she is worrying _____. Her hair looks just fine.
  16. You are not allowed to be absent _____school without permission.
  17. She has trouble sleeping because she is afraid _____ the dark.
  18. He doesn’t eat meat; it’s ______ his religion.
  19. The man was found guilty _____ the crime and went to jail for five years.
  20. Peggy is having a party on Saturday and I’m really excited _____ it.

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Preposition Handout #6

 

Complete the following sentences using the above prepositions. with, out of, to, in, under

  1. _____ Luck, we should be in Taipei by 6 o’clock.
  2. You really look _____ the weather. Are you sick?
  3. Did you tell him _____ his face what you thought of him?
  4. I was _____ the impression that you were able to drive in Taiwan at the age of 16.
  5. Could you pleased put these photographs ____ the right order?
  6. I was surprised when I saw Sally get angry. It was completely _____ character.
  7. How old were you when you started to take an interest _____ English?
  8. They haven’t decided to open another office in Taipei. The matter is still ____discussion.
  9. The Police have a good working relationship ____ the traffic authorities.
  10. Do you usually wear a hairclip ____ your hair?
  11. The scooter went around the corner and was _____ sight.
  12. If Iraq pulls _____ negotiations with America, there could be another war.
  13. The soccer match resulted _____ a draw after extra time.
  14. I was supposed ____ call him last night, but I forgot.
  15. He has a pig for a pet, and when I asked him why? He just said he wanted something  _____ the ordinary.
  16. He really is a bad boy; he is always getting ____ trouble.
  17. You are _____ arrest for driving and drinking.
  18. What it amounts _____ is this: don’t drive after you’ve been drinking.
  19. Are you familiar _____ Einstein’s theory of relativity?
  20. Larry has been _____ a lot of pressure from his patents to get married because he is now 35 years old.

 

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Preposition Handout #7

 

Complete the following sentences using the above prepositions. in, for, of, by, on,

  1. Many people believe that the government is to blame ____ the poor economy.
  2. There has been a large decrease ____ house prices the past few years.
  3. A large number of people pass ____ that location everyday.
  4. Eva Airlines has the best record for its flights being ____ time.
  5. She has a very strange taste ____ clothes.
  6. You and my sister have the same personality, you really remind me ____ her.
  7. Are you able to lift that box ____ yourself?
  8. Did you know that you could pay ____ your tuition by credit card.
  9. I don’t know the reason ____ that student’s bad behavior.
  10. Can you please put these files ____ alphabetical order.
  11. I’m not going to tell you; it is none ____  your business.
  12. Thank you ____ showing me how to do this.
  13. If you want to speak English fluently you must learn all the irregular verbs ____ heart.
  14. If you go to Taipei ____ train it takes about 3 hours.
  15. She is afraid  _____ the dark.
  16. I’m tired _____ studying everyday; I can’t wait to graduate.
  17. He is a bad boy, he’s always____  trouble.
  18. Do you know which parts of this application that I have to fill ___?
  19. In order to lose weight he goes ____ a run every morning.
  20. ____ the event of a fire don’t use the elevator.

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Preposition Handout #8

 

Complete the following sentences using the above prepositions. from, at, on, in, by,

  1. Do you believe in love ____ first sight?
  2. ____ general women are more sensitive than men.
  3. The doctor will only see patients ____ appointment only.
  4. Which finger do you wear your wedding ring ____?
  5. I don’t dislike classical music, ____ fact I often go to the opera.
  6. The amount of people ____ Friday’s meeting was very disappointing.
  7. I usually buy eggs _____ the dozen.
  8. Somebody stole a watch ____ Missy yesterday.
  9. The library is ____ the ride side of  Taichung Park.
  10. The children are ____ bed now.
  11. I am amazed ____ the way people drive in Taiwan.
  12. Did you see Monica ____ the party last Friday?
  13. The criminal is still hiding ____ the police.
  14. These files are not ____ the correct numerical order.
  15. She is old enough; I think she can travel to Canada____ herself?
  16. That’s a beautiful hairclip you have ____ your hair.
  17. How far is it ____ Taipei to Taichung?
  18. I usually eat lunch ____ noon.
  19. You had better not do that or you will get ____ trouble.
  20. I’m sorry; I phoned you ____ mistake.

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Preposition Handout #9

 

Complete the following sentences with the correct preposition: over, in, into or on.

  1. Do you take pride _____ your appearance?
  2. Sally tripped _____ the cat and fell down the stairs.
  3. The fairy tale says that if you kiss the frog it will turn _____ a prince.
  4. There’s no point in getting upset _____ things that are beyond your control.
  5. Dad must be _____ a bad mood; he just threw Mom out the window!
  6. Do you live _____ the city or _____ the country?
  7. She is still upset about breaking up with Ray, but I think she’ll get _____ it.
  8. The rancher built a fence to keep his cows _____ the pasture.
  9. The last item _____ the menu is delicious and cheap.
  10. Make yourself a drink while I go slip _____ something more comfortable.
  11. You have to put more effort _____ your studies if you want to pass that course.
  12. The flock of sheep was all grazing _____ the grassy hillside.
  13. I still haven’t finished my homework; I’ll try to get it done _____ the weekend.
  14. There was some confusion _____ what Dianne actually said.
  15. Tracy was so tired that she slipped _____ a deep sleep and didn’t wake up until the next day.
  16. The car stalled and got stuck _____ the street.
  17. What street does Shelly live _____?
  18. If Minnie doesn’t pay her rent she’ll be out _____ the street.
  19. It’s OK to use your cellular phone when you’re _____ the bus, but never while you’re _____ the car.
  20. The teacher went _____ his essay and wore out three red pens correcting it.

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Preposition Handout #10

 

Complete the following common expressions using the prepositions below. Then match the expressions with the definitions below.

against               from                 on                    up                  before                 in          out of               with               between               into               over                without

  1. A bird ______ hand is worth two ______ the bush.
  2. It’s like banging your head ______ a brick wall.
  3. ______ a rock and a hard place.
  4. Have a card ______ your sleeve.
  5. Have several irons ______ the fire.
  6. An iron hand ______ a velvet glove.
  7. It’s no use crying ______ split milk.
  8. Keep the wolf ______ the door.
  9. Kill two birds ______ one stone.
  10. Make a mountain ______ a molehill.
  11. _____ sight, ______ mind.
  12. _____ the frying pan and ______ the fire
  13. Put the cart ______ the horse.
  14. The grass is always greener ______ the other side.
  15. There’s no smoke ______ fire.

Answers :

1. in / in 2. against 3. between 4. up 5. in 6. in 7. over 8. from 9. with
10. out of 11. out of / out of 12. out of / into 13. before 14. on 15. without

  1. Take advantage of one action to achieve something else as well.
  2. Surrounded by problems with no escape.
  3. There must be some truth in even the most likely rumor.
  4. Someone who appears to treat you gently but is hard and ruthless underneath.
  5. You can only be sure of what you have at the moment; you cannot be sure of something that you might get in the future.
  6. Exaggerate, make a fuss over something that is not very serious.
  7. Do things in the wrong order.
  8. In negotiations, to have something in reserve that you have not yet revealed.
  9. Manage to earn just enough to live on.
  10. All your efforts are getting you nowhere.
  11. You just get yourself out of one difficulty then find yourself in another one that is just as bad.
  12. The tendency to think that life would be better somewhere else.
  13. We easily forget people as soon as we are no longer with them.
  14. To have a many different interests or many things happening at the same time.
  15. You should not waste time regretting things that you can’t change.

Answers :

1. e 2. j 3. b 4. h 5. n 6. d 7. o 8. i 9. a 10. f 11. m 12. k 13. g 14. l 15. c

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