Prepositions and Relationships

Gap-fill exercise

While time and space prepositions are important to know, there are many word combinations that use a preposition to help define the relationship of those words. Prepositions are combined with verbs, nouns and adjectives to form discrete ‘units of meaning’.
Your task is to complete the sentences by entering an appropriate preposition in each gap.


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Prepositions after verbs
She advised me [about, in, of, to] my schedule.
We argued [about, in, of, to] money.
Why did he persist [about, in, of, to] asking that question?
The students listened intently [about, in, of, to] the lecturer during class.
The students responded [about, in, of, to] the exam questions.

Prepositions before nouns
The poor man was [with, in, on] pain.
Our boss is [with, in, on] control of the situation.
I told you that [with, in, on] confidence.
The matter must be treated [with, in, on] discretion.
The students finished the exam [with, in, on] time.

Adjectives before prepositions
They were optimistic [about, of, to] life.
Teachers are often suspicious [about, of, to] perfect writing.
The nurses were dedicated [about, of, to] their patients.
Is the contract acceptable [about, of, to] you?