Use and omission of prepositions
Insert a preposition if necessary. Choose from at, by, for, in, of, on, past, till/until, to, with.
1 He asked ... his father . . . money.
2 They paid ... me ... the books.
3 I thought he would offer . . . Ann the job, but he offered it. . . me.
4 Keep ... me a place, and keep a place . . . Ann too.
5 They showed ... us photographs . . . their baby.
6 Buying presents . . . children is sometimes very difficult. ... the end I bought a kite . . . Tom and a torch . . . Ann.
7 Pass the salt. . . your father, Peter, and pass ... me the pepper, please.
8 When you have lunch ... a restaurant, who pays ... the bill?-Oh, each ... us pays . . . what he has had.
9 Paul's a pianist. He sometimes plays . . . us . . . the evening. Last night he played some Chopin.
10 I think I'll be able to find . . . Ann a job. ~ Could you find a job . . . me, too?
11 He sold the picture ... an American dealer . . . £5,000.
12 He promised ... us a share . . . the profits.
13 He built a very nice house . . . Jack . . . only £50,000. I wonder what sort. . . house he would build . . . me . . . £30,000.
14 She is knitting socks . . . refugees. I wish she'd knit... me some socks.
15 Sitting ... the floor isn't exactly comfortable. Throw ... me a cushion, please, Ann.
16 If you are going ... the Post Office, could you buy ... me a book . . . stamps?
17 If you write ... me a song I'll sing it. . . the school concert. I'll get Paul to accompany . . . me . . . the guitar.
18 Could you lend ... us your lawnmower, please?-
I'm afraid you'll have to ask . . . someone else to lend . . . you one. We've lent ours ... Mr Jones and he always keeps it. . . ages.
19 I thought you'd be late . . . dinner, so I ordered some sandwiches
. . . you; they're ... the bar. I haven't paid . . . them: you can pay ... the barman.
20 I explained . . . him that it was the custom . . . England to wash one's car at the weekend.
211 described the machine . . . him and asked . . . him if he could make ... me one like it.
22 She told ... us that she'd been attacked ... the street. We asked
. . . her to describe her attacker and she said he was a tall man ... a limp.
23 He told . . . them to wait. . . him . . . the bridge.
24 I cannot repeat. . . you what she said . . . me . . . confidence.
25 The headmaster warned ... me to work harder. What did he say . . . you, Jack?
26 He advised . . . the strikers to go back . . . work. They received his advice . . . shouts . . . contempt.
27 They don't allow . . . you to smoke . . . cinemas . . . France.
28 He told lies . . . the police. ~
I'm not surprised. He told . . . me a pack . . . lies yesterday
29 This film reminds ... me ... my childhood.
30 I rely . . . you to remind ... me to pay Jack . . . the books he bought . . . me.
31 We must try to get. . . home . . . time . . . tea.
32 We didn't reach Berlin . . . after dark, and had some difficulty . .. finding our hotel.
33 If we say 'The manager showed ... us to our room,' we mean I hat he led ... us .. . the door. If we say, 'He showed ... us I lie room,' we mean that he entered . . . the room ... us.
34 I read . . . him the report. He listened . . . me . . . amazement
35 He ordered ... us to give . . . him all the maps . . . our possession.
36 He suggested ... me that we should offer to pay . . . her . . . dollars.