Use and omission of prepositions PEG 88-9
Insert a preposition if necessary. Choose fromat, by, for, in, of, on, past, till/until, to, with.
1 He asked . . . his father . . . money.
2 They paid . . . me . . . the books.
3 I thought he would offer . . . Ann the job, but he offered it . . . me.
4 Keep . . . me a place, and keep a place . . . Ann too.
5 They showed . . . us photographs . . . their baby.
6 Buying presents . . . children is sometimes very difficult. . . . the end I bought a kite . . .
Tom and a torch . . . Ann.
7 Pass the salt . . . your father, Peter, and pass . . . me the pepper, please.
8 When you have lunch . . . a restaurant, who pays . . . the bill? ~
Oh, each . . . us pays . . . what he has had.
9 Paul's a pianist. He sometimes plays . . . us . . . the evening. Last night he played some
10 I think I'll be able to find . . . Ann a job. ~
Could you find a job . . . me, too?
11 He sold the picture . . . an American dealer . . . £5,000.
12 He promised . . . us a share . . . the profits.
13 He built a very nice house . . . Jack . . . only £50,000. I wonder what sort . . . house he would build . . . me . . . £30,000.
14 She is knitting socks . . . refugees. I wish she'd knit . . . me some socks.
15 Sitting . . . the floor isn't exactly comfortable. Throw . . . me a cushion, please, Ann.
16 If you are going . . . the Post Office, could you buy . . . me a book ... stamps?
17 If you write . . . me a song I'll sing it . . . the school concert. I'll get Paul to accompany . . . me . . . the guitar.
18 Could you lend . . . us your lawnmower, please? ~
I'm afraid you'll have to ask . . . someone else to lend . . . you one.
We've lent ours . . . Mr Jones and he always keeps it . . . ages.
19 I thought you'd be late . . . dinner, so I ordered some sandwiches . . . you; they're . . . the bar. I haven't paid . . . them: you can pay . . . the barman.
20 I explained . . . him that it was the custom . . . England to wash one's car at the weekend.
21 I described the machine . . . him and asked . . . him if he could make . . . me one like it.
22 She told . . . us that she'd been attacked . . . the street. We asked . . . her to describe her attacker and she said he was a tall man . . . a limp.
23 He told . . . them to wait . . . him . . . the bridge.
24 I cannot repeat . . . you what she said . . . me . . . confidence.
25 The headmaster warned . . . me to work harder. What did he say . . . you, Jack?
26 He advised . . . the strikers to go back . . . work. They received his advice . . . shouts
. . . contempt.
27 They don't allow . . . you to smoke . . . cinemas . . . France.
28 He told lies . . . the police. ~
I'm not surprised. He told . . . me a pack . . . lies yesterday.
29 This film reminds . . . me . . . my childhood.
30 I rely . . . you to remind . . . me to pay Jack . . . the books he bought ... me.
31 We must try to get . . . home . . . time . . . tea.
32 We didn't reach Berlin . . . after dark, and had some difficulty . . . finding our hotel.
33 If we say 'The manager showed . . . us to our room,' we mean that he led... us... the door. If we say, 'He showed . . . us the room,' we mean that he entered . . . the room
. . . us.
34 I read . . . him the report. He listened . . . me . . . amazement.
35 He ordered . . . us to give . . . him all the maps . . . our possession.
36 He suggested . . . me that we should offer to pay . . . her . . . dollars
Till/until, to, for, since, then, after, afterwards
PEG 92 A, 93
Part 1 till, until, to
Insert till, until, to where appropriate.
1 Go on... the crossroads.
2 Go on . . . you see a church on your right.
3 We work from 9 a.m. . . . 6 p.m.
4 Start now and go on . . . I tell you to stop.
5 I'm going to wait . . . it stops raining.
6 You'll have to stay in bed . . . your temperature goes down.
7 The library is open from 10 . . . 4 o'clock.
8 This train goes . . . York.
9 We have lunch from 12.00 . . . 1.00. Then we start again and go on ... 5.30.
10 Go back . . . the hotel and wait there ...I call for you.
11 I'm not going for a walk, I'm only going . . . the bank. ~
Then you'd better wait . . . the bank opens.
12 If you're going . . . the Post Office would you post a letter for me? ~
Yes, of course; but it won't go . . . tomorrow.
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