2Double PrepositionsThe Double Preposition is sometimes correct and sometime incorrect.CORRECT:He stepped out of the car.He walked up to the stage.He came over to the house.Incorrect:Mother was looking out of the window.I shall be there at about ten o’clock.I put the boat up under the dock.
3To Blame someone WRONG: Correct: Wrong: He blamed the accident on Max. He blamed Max for the accident.Wrong:Please don’t blame it on Jamie.Please don’t blame Jamie.
4Differ from-Differ with Differ “from” means to be dissimilar.Ex: This book differs from that one.Differ “with” means to disagree with someone.Ex: Mr. Myers differs with Jake about the topic.
5Different from-Different than This car is different than that car.This sentence is worded to show difference between two objects. How would we change this?
6Different from-Different than This car is different than that car.Since “than” is a conjunction the sentence would technically readThis car is different than that car is different.The correct answer would be:This car is different from that car.
7Unnecessary use-ofThe preposition “of” is often incorrectly used with verbs. Listed below are some common instances of this error.Wrong:Keep off of the grass.Father was gazing out of the window.The car was alongside of the garage.
8Could, Should, Must-Have Wrong:I could of had three more helpers.I should of left the lights on.I must of lost my wallet.Correct:I could have had three more helpers.I should have left the lights on.I must have lost my wallet.
9Up-Separating from the verb Up-Separating from the verb. (This one can be tricky because it sounds correct)“If the preposition ‘up’ is used with a verb, it should be needlessly separated from the verb.Wrong: The highwayman held the roofer up.Correct: The highwayman held up the roofer.Wrong: The mechanic tuned the motor up.Correct: The mechanic tuned up the motor.
10With, at and to One becomes angry with persons, but at situations. Wrong: I was angry at my brother.Correct: I was angry with my brother.Wrong: I was angry with the results.Correct: I was angry at the results.NOTE: To compare “to” or compare “with” are both acceptable.
11To or at You would point to something abstract You would point at something concrete.Wrong: I pointed to the man in left field.Correct: I pointed at the man in left field.Wrong: He wanted to point at the future for inspiration.Correct: He wanted to point to the future for inspiration.
12Involved with or in? Jerry is involved in a new course of study. In general, you are involved in a process and involved with another person. Jerry is involved in a new course of study.Jerry is involved with his coworker. (indicates a love affair)The new mother is involved in a different kind of hobby.The new mother is involved with her aging parents.The cat was involved in chasing a mouse when I left this morning.The businessman is involved in the fraud case.