Can You Pick the Proper Preposition for Each Sentence?

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Becky

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About This Quiz

Although we all use prepositions, many of us have a difficult time identifying them and using them properly. If you think you know your prepositions and how to use them, let's find out if you can ace this quiz.

So what, exactly, is a preposition? A preposition is a word or phrase that is typically used before a noun or pronoun to create an association between the noun or pronoun and the rest of the sentence. Prepositions are used to indicate location, direction, time and space.

But, is it OK to use a preposition at the end of a sentence?

Purists will say that it is never correct to use a preposition at the end of a sentence. We say lighten up. Although it is technically correct to write, "That is a dilemma on which we must meditate," the modern use of prepositions indicates that we should eschew formal rules in favor of sentences that sound more natural. So, it is perfectly acceptable to write, "That is a dilemma we must meditate on." Of course, it's still OK to employ the formal version of prepositions, but especially when writing for a more casual audience, go for substance over style.

Let's find out if you can pick the proper prepositions.

Do ____ I ask.

The correct preposition to use is "as." The sentence should read, "Do as I ask."

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I should ____ delivered the cake.

The correct preposition to use is "have." The sentence should read, "I should have delivered the cake."

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She looks _______ her mother.

The correct preposition to use is "like." The word "like" means "similar to," so the sentence should read, "She looks like her mother."

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I walked ____ the house.

The sentence should read, "I walked into the house." Use the word "into" to indicate motion.

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Which word doesn't belong? Where did you get this at?

The word "at" doesn't belong. The sentence should read, "Where did you get this?"

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The party starts ___ noon.

The correct preposition to use is "at." The sentence should read, "The party starts at noon."

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Her apartment was ____ the store.

The correct preposition to use is "over." The sentence should read, "Her apartment was over the store."

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I would ______ called you earlier, but I was sick.

The correct preposition to use is "have." The sentence should read, "I would have called you earlier, but I was sick."

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You look ______ you're angry.

The sentence should read, "You look as if you're angry." Since the word "like" means "similar to," the sentence would sound funny written, "You look similar to you're angry."

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They moved to Ohio shortly _____ their marriage.

The proper preposition to use is "after." The sentence should read, "They moved to Ohio shortly after their marriage."

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They traveled ___ bus.

The correct preposition to use is "by." The sentence should read, "They traveled by bus."

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Which word doesn't belong? Where did you go to?

The word "to" doesn't belong. The sentence should read, "Where did you go?"

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Throw the can _____ the trash.

The sentence should read, "Throw the can into the trash." Use the word "into" to indicate motion.

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They sat next to each other _____ speaking.

The correct preposition to use is "without." The sentence should read, "They sat next to each other without speaking."

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The hotel is located ____ top of the mountain.

The correct preposition to use is "on." The sentence should read, "The hotel is located on top of the mountain."

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They sat next ___ each other.

The correct preposition to use is "to." The sentence should read, "They sat next to each other."

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I put the plate ___ the counter.

The correct preposition to use is "on." The sentence should read, "I put the plate on the counter."

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I could _____ eaten the whole thing.

The correct preposition to use is "have." The sentence should read, "I could have eaten the whole thing."

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She will be home ____ an hour.

The correct preposition to use is "in." The sentence should read, "She will be home in an hour."

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Which word doesn't belong? You look like your father does.

The word "does" doesn't belong. The sentence should read, "You look like your father."

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I wanted to tell her _____ myself.

The correct preposition to use is "about." The sentence should read, "I wanted to tell her about myself."

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The milk truck delivers ____ Mondays.

The correct preposition to use is "on." The sentence should read, "The milk truck delivers on Mondays."

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He is ___ the phone.

The correct preposition to use is "on." The sentence should read, "He is on the phone."

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The class starts ___ 5 p.m.

The correct preposition to use is "at." The sentence should read, "The class starts at 5 p.m."

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Which word doesn't belong? This is something on which we must decide on.

The second use of the word "on" is incorrect. The sentence should read, "This is something on which we must decide."

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They arrived ___ Monday.

The correct preposition to use is "on." The sentence should read, "They arrived on Monday."

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She wears a ring ___ her finger.

The correct preposition to use is "on." The sentence should read, "She wears a ring on her finger."

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They are having the party ___ their house.

The correct preposition to use is "at." The sentence should read, "They are having the party at the house."

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There were dozens of people ____ the park.

The correct preposition to use is "at." The sentence should read, "There were dozens of people at the park."

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His book was _____ the chair.

The correct preposition to use is "under." The sentence should read, "His book was under the chair."

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Which word doesn't belong? Anne hit the ball up over the fence.

The word "up" doesn't belong. The sentence should read, "Anne hit the ball over the fence."

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The new semester will begin ___ March.

The correct preposition to use is "in." The sentence should read, "The new semester will begin in March."

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Could you find these pants ____ a larger size?

The correct preposition to use is "in." The sentence should read, "Could you find these pants in a larger size?"

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The cat cuddled _______ us.

The correct preposition to use is "between." The sentence should read, "The cat cuddled between us."

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Which word doesn't belong? The counter is where you put your plate on.

The word "on" doesn't belong. The sentence should read, "The counter is where you put your plate."

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