GRAMMAR

Prepositions with noun

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  • BETWEEN: Use the preposition “between” after these nouns:
    • conflict between (Is there a conflict between Sam and his boss?)
    • difference between (There is no difference between the two options).
    • relationship between (What is the relationship between Jim and Heather?)
  • FOR: Use the preposition “for” after these nouns:
    • check for (Give him a check for $100).
    • demand for (There is a rising demand for coffee beans).
    • excuse for (He has an excuse for everything).
    • need for (There is a need for more nurses).
    • reason for (Do you know the reason for this nursing shortage?)
  • IN: Use the preposition “in” after these nouns:
    • decrease in (The decrease in sea levels is cause for concern).
    • fall in (There has been a fall in wages over the past two years).
    • increase in (We have seen an increase in the number of children on Ritalin).
    • rise in (We can’t control this rise in prices).
  • OF: Use the preposition “of” after these nouns:
    • cause of (She is the cause of all our problems!)
    • example of (That’s an example of an overstatement).
    • possibility of (Let’s discuss the possibility of opening an office in Beijing).
    • proof of (This is proof of her mental instability!)
    • supply of (The supply of salmon is dwindling in that ocean).
    • threat of (We need to take the threat of global warming seriously).
  • TO: Use the preposition “to” after these nouns:
    • damage to (The incident caused damage to the company’s reputation.)
    • invitation to (Did you receive an invitation to the wedding?)
    • reaction to (What was your reaction to the news?)
    • solution to (I think I have a solution to your problem)
  • WITH: Use the preposition “with” after these nouns:
    • contact with (I have no contact with Ben anymore).
    • relationship with (My relationship with my sister is excellent).
   
 
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