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Preposition collocations

Author: 
Babatunde ‘Aisha

Prepositions, unarguably, cause a great deal of confusion because they can be so tricky. Just like words collocate, prepositions can collate with nouns, verbs and adjectives (collocation means the use of certain words together).

This week we would be looking at examples of preposition collocations and common mistakes people make with preposition collocations.

There we go!

Charge with
The man was charged with murder.
Not ‘charge of.’

Another is on foot
E.g.,
I went on foot.

Not ‘by foot’

Also, we have indifferent to
As in:
She was indifferent to his proposition.

Not ‘indifferent of’❗

As well as superior to

For instance,
Tunde thinks that he is superior to me

Not ‘superior than’

Worthy of note is: good at

E.g.,
I’m good at mathematics

Not ‘good in’

Discuss
We discussed you last night.

Not ‘discuss about’

However, people often tend to apply the same preposition to the synonym of another word. e.g,

At the expanse/ at the detriment (instead of ‘to the detriment’)

At the expense of losing her job, she went ahead with the plan.

OR

She went ahead with the plan, even though it was to her own detriment.

That will be all for this week. Hoping to come your way next week with another scintillating grammar polisher.

Adh-Dhikr Press…verily in remembrance of Allah, there is peace.

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