Preposition corner

Prepositions are tricky.  A lot of the time you need to know which prepositions partner which verb, noun or adjective. Here are some examples.


Prepositions with money and trends

  • Profits increased from 5% in March to 7% in April.
  • We have invested a lot of money into the business.
  • Unemployment decreased by 8% in July.
  • We saved a lot of money on electricity charges by changing to a new supplier

Verbs used with ‘for’

  • He apologised for being late. You can also ‘apologise to someone’.
  • I applied for the job but I didn’t get it.
  • How do you ask for a coffee in Polish?
  • She spent many years caring for her aged parents.
  • I can’t go out tonight because I have to prepare for my interview tomorrow.

Prepositions used in descriptions of your job

  • I work in the logistics team at …. 
  • I have worked for/at ………for 10 years.
  • I specialise in the quality assurance of….
  • My job focuses on the purchasing of…
  • I need to have a good knowledge of the suppliers. I also need to know about the wider market.

 Prepositions used in relation to management

  • A good manager should respond to employees' concerns. 
  • A good manager should deal with problems effectively. 
  • A good manager should believe in the potential of his or her team. 
  • A good manager should delegate to others when appropriate. 
  • A good manger should communicate with colleagues clearly. 
  • A good manager should report on progress regularly. 
  • A good manager should listen to the suggestions of staff. 
  • A good manager should invest in training opportunities for staff. 
  • A good mangaer should provide support to any member of staff who is struggling. 

Prepositions used in relation to travel 

  • I am away on a business trip for four days.
  • I am travelling to Morocco.
  • I am travelling from Frankfurt.
  • I am travelling with LuxAir.
  • The hotel was in the middle of nowhere.
  • The flight was subject to long delays.
  • All non EU citizens must be in possession of a valid visa on arrival to Heathrow, London.
  • Prior to departure all baggage must be securely stowed (secured) in the overhead compartments.
  • In compliance to local customs you must remove your shoes.
  • In the event of turbulence, you must fasten your seat belt.
  • We will arrive at 16.45.
  • We are being met by our friends at the airport.


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