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.