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11 Common Mistakes Writers Make With Prepositions

11 Common Mistakes Writers Make With Prepositions


Common prepositions

as, at, but, by, for, from, in, into, like, near, next, of, off, on, onto, out, over, than, to, up, with

11 Common Mistakes Writers Make With Prepositions

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  1. Harry Calhoun

    As a lifetime writer (say, 35 to 40 years) I disagree with some of these. Notably, “different than” is more acceptable than “different from” — “than” indicating a comparison and “from” commonly used to express “I come from wealthy parents.” And if the sentence read “Gavin caught the taxi on time” I could buy the use of “on” versus “in.” But in this sentence, I beg to differ. Gavin caught the taxi just IN time to ensure that he wasn’t late. It’s “in time,” onto “on time.”

  2. Gmae R.

    Could you please expound the difference of using “in” in “Gavin was just in time to catch the taxi” and “on” in “The CEO was on time for the meeting”? Thanks

  3. Writers Write

    ‘Just in time’ is a phrase that always uses the preposition ‘in’.

  4. Writers Write

    To Harry

    ‘Different is not a comparative word, but rather one of contrast. The word than should actually follow a comparative adjective. Thus, as a writer you should lean toward using different from.’
    http://dictionary.reference.com/help/faq/language/g02.html

    ‘Language experts prefer different from’
    http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/used-to-versus-use-to-and-other-listener-questions

    We follow UK English in South Africa and ‘different from’ or ‘different to’ are acceptable. ‘Different than’ is mostly used in the US.

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