- 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).