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PREPOSITION
PREPOSITION MOCK TEST SET 3
January 10, 2016
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Directions:Correct the following sentences in the context of the use of the preposition.


 

  1. Where have you been to?

 

Answer

Be, of course, is being used here in the sense of go. Now, you go to a particular place (a noun; London, for example). But you go (not to) there (an adverb). Where is an adverb.

Correct : Where have you been?

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  1. He lives at Delhi in India.

 

Answer

Delhi is a large town and should therefore be preceded by in.

Correct : He lives in Delhi in India.

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  1. I would occupy myself with no more important business than with this.

 

Answer

In the given sentence, no more important business is incomplete in itself. Than this is needed to complete it. So, the second with should be deleted.

Correct : I would occupy myself witn no more important business than this.

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  1. He has not been cured for his disease.

 

Answer

To cure means to bring back to health and is followed by the preposition of But when used as a noun, cure is followed by/or.

Correct : He has not been cured of his disease.

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  1. My brother is deficient in mathematics.

 

Answer

The sentence is correct. If you are lacking in something, you are deficient in it.

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  1. We are expecting the reply till evening.

 

Answer

The sentence actually means in full: We are expecting that the reply would reach us till evening. Now, reaching is not an action that begins from a point and finishes till a point. In other words, the action does not take place over a period, but at a point. So, it cannot happen till a moment, but by (before) a moment.

Correct : We are expecting the reply by evening.

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  1. The final decision rests upon the director.

 

Answer

The sentence is partially correct because rest upon also means depend upon. But when it comes to a formal decision, rest is usually taken in the sense of be the responsibility of and is followed by with.

Correct : The final decision rests with the director.

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  1. The river flows below the bridge.

 

Answer

Below lacks both the sense of movement and that of cover. And a river flows (has movement) and a bridge provides a cover.

Correct : ‘Vic river flows under the bridge.

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  1. He has been studying from yesterday.

 

Answer

Which tense is has been studying in? Present perfect continuous. In a from/since confusion, since is used with the perfect tense and from with non-perfect.

Correct: He has been studying since yesterday.

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  1. The man died from fever.

 

Answer

If a disease is the cause of someone’s death, he dies of that disease.

Correct : The man died of fever.

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