Prepositions

Prepositions:

There are certain differences in the way that prepositions are used in American English as compared to British English.

In some cases, prepositions are added to verbs in American English, even though the verb does not take a preposition in British English.

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On the other hand, there are other verbs in British English that must be followed by a preposition; however, when using the same verbs in American English the proposition is dropped.

In addition, some verbs take different prepositions in American English than in British English.

Now, look at the pairs of sentences below. Identify the one that is written in American English.

Prepositions – Exercises

Exercise 1:

(A) We will need to check that before we make a decision.

(B) We will need to check that out before we make a decision.

Exercise 2:

(A) Their office is open Monday through Friday.

(B) Their office is open Monday to Friday.

Exercise 3:

(A) I am going to stay home tomorrow.

(B) I am going to stay at home tomorrow.

Exercise 4:

(A) We will meet with them tomorrow.

(B) We will meet them tomorrow.

Exercise 5:

(A) You need to fill in that form.

(B) You need to fill out that form.

TOEFL iBT Exercises for TOEFL Grammar – Part 1 Answers

Prepositions:

The sentences below are written in American English.

Exercise 1:

(B) We will need to check that out before we make a decision.

The verb “check” takes the preposition “out” in American English.

Exercise 2:

(A) Their office is open Monday through Friday.

When talking about the days of the week in American English, the preposition “through” is used.

In British English, the correct preposition in this case is “to.”

Exercise 3:

(A) I am going to stay home tomorrow.

The verb “stay” does not take a preposition in American English.

Exercise 4:

(A) We will meet with them tomorrow.

In American English, the verb “meet” takes the preposition “with.”

Exercise 5:

(B) You need to fill out that form.

When describing completing forms or applications in American English, the preposition “out” is used.

In British English, the correct preposition in this case is “in.”

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