Puzzling prepositions

 Choose a preposition to complete the following sentences.


  1. I'm not good ___ remembering names.     - / FOR / AT
  2. Too much caffeine is bad ___ you.     TO / FOR / ON
  3. Are you afraid ___ heights?     OF / IN / TO   
  4. Who is he married ___?     WITH / TO / -
  5. Our boss is going to marry ___ his personal assistant.     WITH / TO / -
  6. She's worried ___ her financial situation.     FOR / ABOUT / IN
  7. He didn't look pleased ___ see me.     TO / FOR / AT
  8. I was shocked ___ what I saw.     IN / BY / FOR
  9. What are you looking ___?     TO / - / AT
  10. What do you think ___ our new colleague?     TO / OF / IN
  11. Have you ever thought ___ moving house?     ABOUT / TO / IN
  12. He arrived ___ work half an hour late.     - / AT / TO
  13. My teacher isn't easy ___ understand at times.      IN / FOR / TO 
  14. I am fed up ___ my job.      TO / WITH / BY
  15. She was wearing the same dress ___ my wife.     LIKE / THAN / AS
  16. I am not responsible ___ this mess.     BY / TO / FOR
  17. I rely ___ the train to get to work.     ON / TO / OF
  18. I got there early so I went for a walk ___ the neighbourhood.      BY / AROUND / FOR
  19. I couldn't help laughing ___ his strange expressions.     AT / TO / OF
  20. I can't stand waiting ___ people.     - / FOR / TO

Comments

José said…
Hi again, Graham, please, don't stop to check. The life is hard. Sorry.


1. I'm not good _AT__ remembering names. - / FOR / AT
2. Too much caffeine is bad _FOR__ you. TO / FOR / ON
3. Are you afraid _OF__ heights? OF / IN / TO
4. Who is he married _TO__? WITH / TO / -
5. Our boss is going to marry _-__ his personal assistant. WITH / TO / -
6. She's worried __ABOUT_ her financial situation. FOR / ABOUT / IN
7. He didn't look pleased _TO__ see me. TO / FOR / AT
8. I was shocked _BY__ what I saw. IN / BY / FOR
9. What are you looking _AT__? TO / - / AT
10. What do you think _OF__ our new colleague? TO / OF / IN
11. Have you ever thought _ABOUT__ moving house? ABOUT / TO / IN
12. He arrived _AT__ work half an hour late. - / AT / TO
13. My teacher isn't easy _TO__ understand at times. IN / FOR / TO
14. I am fed up _WITH__ my job. TO / WITH / BY
15. She was wearing the same dress _THAN__ my wife. LIKE / THAN / AS
16. I am not responsible _FOR__ this mess. BY / TO / FOR
17. I rely _ON__ the train to get to work. ON / TO / OF
18. I got there early so I went for a walk _BY__ the neighbourhood. BY / AROUND / FOR
19. I couldn't help laughing _AT__ his strange expressions. AT / TO / OF
20. I can't stand waiting _FOR__ people. - / FOR / TO

See you.
Montse said…
Hi, Graham and José. How are things going? We have a few days left for holidays, haven’t you? I’m going to compete with José in this exercise…

1. I’m not good at remembering names.
2. Too much caffeine is bad for you.
3. Are you afraid of heights?
4. Who is he married to?
5. Our boss is going to marry his personal assistant.
6. She’s worried about her financial situation.
7. He didn’t look pleased to see me.
8. I was shocked by what I saw.
9. What are you looking at?
10. What do you think of our new colleague?
11. Have you ever thought about moving house?
12. He arrived at work half an hour late.
13. My teacher isn’t easy to understand at times.
14. I am fed up with my job.
15. She was wearing the same dress as my wife.
16. I am not responsible for this mess.
17. I rely on the train to get to work.
18. I got here early so I went for a walk around the neighbourhood.
19. I couldn’t help laughing of his strange expressions.
20. I can’t stand waiting for people.

Be happy!!
Graham said…
Montse wins! Sorry José - you slipped up on Nº 15 and 18.

Montse - another two weeks to go...
José said…
Hi Montse and Graham,

The winner´s Montse, as always. Congratulations. The blog misses you. Have good time on your holiday.

See you.
Anonymous said…
Hi Graham! It's Inés. It's been a long time without doing any exercises from the blog, so I will try to do my best.

1. I'm not good AT remembering names.
2. Too much caffeine is bad FOR you.
3. Are you afraid OF heights?
4. Who is he married TO?
5. Our boss is going to marry - his personal assistant.
6. She's worried ABOUT her financial situation.
7. He didn't look pleased TO see me.
8. I was shoked BY what I saw.
9. What are you looking AT?
10. What do you think OF our new colleague?
11. Have you ever thought ABOUT moving house?
12. He arrived AT work half an hour late.
13. My teacher isn't wasy TO understand at times.
14. I am fed up WITH my job.
15. She was wearing the same dress AS my wife.
16. I am not respondible FOR this mess.
17. I rely ON the train to get to work.
18. I got there early so I went for a walk AROUND the neighbourhood.
19. I couldn't help laughing AT his strange expressions.
20. I can't stand waiting FOR.

See you on Wednesday!

Graham said…
Hi Inés,

100% right. CAE is much tougher than this kind of exercise though.

Have you checked out Twitter yet?
Hi Graham, this is a resolution of the exercises.:1. I'm not good _AT__ remembering names. - / FOR / AT
2. Too much caffeine is bad _FOR__ you. TO / FOR / ON
3. Are you afraid _OF__ heights? OF / IN / TO
4. Who is he married _TO__? WITH / TO / -
5. Our boss is going to marry _-__ his personal assistant. WITH / TO / -
6. She's worried __ABOUT_ her financial situation. FOR / ABOUT / IN
7. He didn't look pleased _TO__ see me. TO / FOR / AT
8. I was shocked _BY__ what I saw. IN / BY / FOR
9. What are you looking _AT__? TO / - / AT
10. What do you think _OF__ our new colleague? TO / OF / IN
11. Have you ever thought _ABOUT__ moving house? ABOUT / TO / IN
12. He arrived _AT__ work half an hour late. - / AT / TO
13. My teacher isn't easy _TO__ understand at times. IN / FOR / TO
14. I am fed up _WITH__ my job. TO / WITH / BY
15. She was wearing the same dress _THAN__ my wife. LIKE / THAN / AS
16. I am not responsible _FOR__ this mess. BY / TO / FOR
17. I rely _ON__ the train to get to work. ON / TO / OF
18. I got there early so I went for a walk _BY__ the neighbourhood. BY / AROUND / FOR
19. I couldn't help laughing _AT__ his strange expressions. AT / TO / OF
20. I can't stand waiting _FOR__ people. - / FOR / TO
Graham said…
Hi Natalia,

Prepositions often cause difficulties for students. You only made two mistakes so you did really well.

15. She was wearing the same dress as my wife.

18. I got there early so I went for a walk around the neighbourhood.