PREPOSITIONS (by ABEL OLANIYI)

     A preposition is a word or group of words which shows the relationship between a noun or a pronoun and other words in a sentence e.g., with, from, for, in etc. 
As time goes on, I'll know what to do (Incorrect)
As time goes by, I'll know what to do (Correct)

I don't have money with me now, let me check my purse (Incorrect)
I don't have money on me now, let me check my purse (Correct)

My son, Wilson is now living at London (Incorrect)
My son, Wilson is now living in London (Correct)


Donald is quite good in Physics (Incorrect)
Donald is quite good at Physics (Correct)

I am very pleased with your daughter's performance (Incorrect)
I am very pleased at your daughter's performance (Correct)

She was not on the queue when I came in (Incorrect)
She was not in the queue when I came in (Correct) 

Mr. Andrew has been on bed since last year (Incorrect)
Mr. Andrew has been in bed since last year (Incorrect)

Solomon will put up an appearance in the seminar (Incorrect)
Solomon will put in an appearance in the seminar (Correct)

The armed robbers arrived in the midnight (Incorrect)
The armed robbers came at midnight (Correct)
The armed robbers came in the middle of the night (Correct)

He left Lagos to New York last week (Incorrect)
He left Lagos for New York last week (Correct)

The man was delivered of the demons (Incorrect)
The man was delivered from the demons (Correct)

It is good to wait for God for one's blessing (Incorrect)
It is good to wait on God for one's blessing (Correct)

It is necessary I intrude on the party to make myself heard (Incorrect)
It is necessary I intrude into the party to make myself heard (Correct)

The man spoke with his son in a harsh tone (Incorrect)
The man spoke to his son in a harsh tone (Correct)

I expect the students to abide with the rules and the regulations (Incorrect)
I expect the students to abide by the rules and the regulations (Correct)

I condole on you on the death of your friend (Incorrect)
I condole with you on the death of your friend (Correct)

Some motorists shuttle from Lagos and Ibadan (Incorrect)
Some motorists shuttle between Lagos and Ibadan (Correct)

She lives from her sister's money (Incorrect)
She lives on her sister's money (Correct)

Mr. Rock gave a puzzling frown on the poor girl (Incorrect) 
Mr. Rock gave a puzzling frown at the poor girl (Correct)

'Good morning sir, I am asking after Johnson' Nelly said (Incorrect)
'Good morning sir, I am asking for Johnson' Nelly said (Correct)
*The former is used when one visits someone that is ill. The latter is used one visits or look for a person. 

He is bent at recruiting new workers (Incorrect)
He is bent on recruiting new workers (Correct)

Samson traveled to London with the view to seeing the Prime Minister (Incorrect)
Samson traveled to London with the view of seeing the Prime Minister (Incorrect)

I went with the belief that I would meet her (Incorrect)
I went in the belief that I would meet her (Incorrect)

I congratulate you for your success (Incorrect)
I congratulate you on your success (Correct)

The competition is in hand, we've got to prepare (Incorrect)
The competition is at hand, we've got to prepare (Correct)

My client came at exactly 7 'o' clock. Therefore, she arrived in time (Incorrect)
My client came at exactly 7 'o' clock. Therefore, she arrived on time
* The former means to arrive latest or before the time but the latter means to arrive at the exact time.

I saw two birds stand on the tree (Incorrect)
I saw two birds stand in the tree (Correct)

The truth was made known at the end (Incorrect)
The truth was made known in the end (Correct) 

I was angry at the boy who stole my phone (Incorrect)
I was angry with the boy who stole my phone (Correct)

I am disappointed at you (Incorrect)
I am disappointed in you (Correct) 

He was standing at the corner of the room (Incorrect)
He was standing in the corner of the room (Correct)

Williams broke the bulb by carelessness (Incorrect)
Williams broke the bulb through carelessness (Correct)

Alex was charged for murder (Incorrect)
Alex was charged with murder (Correct)


He sat on an arm-chair (Incorrect)
He sat in an arm-chair (Correct)
 *Normally, one sits on a chair, but if the chair is an arm-chair, then one is in the chair

The girl has been crying since yesterday (Incorrect)
The girl has been crying from yesterday (Correct)

Cynthia is married with a soldier (Incorrect)
Cynthia is married to a soldier (Correct)

The students had a dinner with the principal, each of them sat on the table to eat the meal (Incorrect)
The students had a dinner with the principal, each of them sat at the table to eat the meal (Correct)

Don't stand under the sun (Incorrect)
Don't stand in the sun (Correct)

I reside in the campus (Incorrect)
I reside on campus (Correct)

What is in your mind? (Incorrect)
What is on your mind? (Correct)

Please, share the oranges between Victoria, Vivian and Victor (Incorrect)
Please share the oranges among Victoria, Vivian and Victor (Correct)

The woman refused to sell some goods for me (Incorrect)
The woman refused to sell some goods to me (Correct)

I saw you knock at the window (Incorrect)
I saw you knock on the window (Correct)
*We knock on the window but knock at the door.

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