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PREPOSITION
PREPOSITION MOCK TEST SET 1
January 10, 2016
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Directions:Correct the following sentences in the context of the use of the preposition.


 

  1. They ought to be here before now.

 

Answer

Before is not used before adverbs like now and then.

Correct : They ought to be here by now.

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  1. He is known about charity.

 

Answer

Generally, when a verb answers why. the preposition that follows is for.

Correct : He is known for charity.

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  1. The dog ran through the road.

 

Answer

Through is used before a medium. The road here cannot be considered a medium. What the writer probably intends is that the dog ran from one side of the road to the other.

Correct : The dog ran across the road.

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  1. He broke the cup in a hundred pieces.
Answer

When you break something and pieces are obtained, you actually divide it into parts.

Correct : He broke the cup into a hundred pieces.

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  1. The man laboured to good results.

 

Answer

Why did the man labour?

Correct : The man laboured for good results.

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  1. I was on bed when he telephoned me.

 

Answer

That is a typical Hindi influence. In Hindi you don’t say bed mein (in), but bed par/pc (on).

Correct : I Was in bed when he telephoned me.

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  1. He travelled thirty kilometres for two hours.

 

Answer

If the sentence read “He travelled for two hours”, it would be correct. But here “thirty kilometres” comes in between and disturbs the relationship. now the group we take together becomes: “Thirty kilometresfor two hours.” This phrase describes the rate of travel.

Correct. He travelled thirty kilometres in two hours.

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  1. The child is endowed by talents difficult to find.

 

Answer

When somebody is provided with a good quality from birth, we say he is endowed with it.

Correct : The child is endowed with talents difficult to find.

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  1. This work of art is worthy for praise.

 

Answer

Worthy is usually followed either by the infinitive or by the preposition of

Correct : This work of art is worthy of praise.

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  1. The political environment is not conducive for economic reforms.

 

Answer

If the political environment is conducive, it helps. The help goes to someone or something.

Correct : The political environment is not conducive to economic reforms.

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