10 Common Mistakes with PREPOSITIONS

10 Common Mistakes with Prepositions

Here are 10 great tips to help you with Prepositions

Today we're talking about those finicky little words like: IN, AT,ON, FROM, FOR, called PREPOSITIONS and we're going to be looking at 10 common mistakes that people make with prepositions.


So here we go, we're getting right to it. Starting with:


Good at? or Good in?

Use "Good at"

You're good at something means you have a skill or talent. For example, I wish I was good at math but I am not.



Married TO someone or married WITH someone?

Always use the preposition "to"

For example, my brother is getting married TO his fiancee in June (congratulations!)


Good at? or Good in?

Use "Good at"

You're good at something means you have a skill or talent. For example, I wish I was  good at math but I am not.



Proud OF something

Proud OF someone

Proud ABOUT something or someone

Don't use the preposition about. For example, I am proud of you for watching this video and nailing your English and prepositions.


This is a really tricky one because both are correct. Arrive in and arrive at.

Arrive in. For example, I arrived in Vancouver late last night so I'm still a little bit tired.

Arrive at is for: buildings, parks, schools, work, home—structures basically. So, I arrived at my friends house in time to celebrate with her. Arrive at. What time do you usually arrive at work?


I am dedicating this one to all you Brazilians who happen to be watching this.  Depend on.  not Depend of.

So, for example, we are hoping to have a picnic tomorrow but it will depend ON the weather. I depend ON my friends for support when I'm feeling a little blue.


Waiting for? Waiting the?

Don't say, "I'm waiting the bus". You have to use the preposition "for". You wait FOR something (like a bus) or you wait for someone. For example, I've been waiting for you all my life, Sean!


IN and ON (IN for years and months, ON for dates and days of the week)

Use IN with years and months. For example, I was born in October. The election will happen in 2020.


Use ON for days. That means specific dates. For example, I was born on October 18th.  Also for holidays, for example, we often give out candies ON Halloween. Halloween is a day. So remember, ON  Monday but IN August.


ON streets. AT streets.
What's the difference?


For example, when you're talking about one street, we use ON not IN but ON. For example, I work on West Hastings (street).
AT we can use for two streets that meet. So, for example, the office is AT Granville and Pender- two streets. IN we only use for where the cars usually are. So, for example, if you were IN the streets, you might be protesting, right? 'Cause you are walking where the cars usually are. Got it?



CLOSE and NEAR. Well, these are synonyms, but only one takes a preposition: "CLOSE". We use "CLOSE" with the preposition "TO". For example, I live close "TO" the subway station. Not close "from", close "TO", okay? And NEAR we don't use it with a preposition at all. So, I live NEAR the subway station, not near "to". That just sounds weird.

# 10

Talk About and Discuss

Today, we are talking ABOUT prepositions. Talk ABOUT a topic. We are discussing prepositions in this video.


Don't use the preposition about with discuss. So, I have something to discuss. Do you have a moment? I've something I'd like to talk about. Do you have a moment?

Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow.
- Mary Tyler Moore

Okay cats!

That wraps up this lesson about prepositions and common prepositional mix-ups. If you have a question about prepositions or just want to practice. Post below.

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