Omission of prepositions


Write to a person, not write a person.
Don’t say:  I’ll  write her tomorrow.
Say: I’ll write to  her tomorrow.
Note: When the direct object of write is expressed, omit the preposition: I’ll write him a letter.

 Wish for a thing, not wish a thing.
Don’t say:  He  doesn’t  wish  any reward.
Say:  He  doesn’t wish for any reward.

Wait for a person or thing, not wait a person or thing.
Don’t say: I’ll wait you  at the cinema.
Say:  I’ll wait for you at the  cinema.
Note: Await takes no preposition: I’m awaiting your reply.

Think of a person or thing, not think a person or thing.
Don’t say:  Think a number and then  double  it.
Say: Think of a number and then  double it.

Supply a person with something, not supply a person something.
Don’t say: Can you supply me all I need?
Say:  Can you supply me with all I need?
Note: Also provide a person with: She provided her son with all he needed.

Speak to a person,  not speak  a person.
Don’t say:  I’ll  speak him  about that.
Say: I’ll speak to him about that.
Note: I’ll speak to him means I’ll do all the speaking; I’ll speak with him means I’ll have a conversation with him.

Share with a person, not share a person.
Don’t say:  My friend shared  me his  book.
Say:  My friend shared his book with  me.

Search for a lost thing, not search a lost thing.
Don’t say:. They’re searching the ball.
Say: They’re searching for the ball.
Note: In search of: The wolf goes in search of sheep. To search someone or something (without the for) means to look in one’s pockets or house: The policeman searched the man and his house.

Say to a person, not say a person.
Don’t say: Kevin  said me, ‘Come tomorrow.’
Say: Kevin said to me, ‘Come  tomorrow’….

 Reply to a person, not reply a person.
Don’t say:  She’s not replied me yet.
Say:  She’s not replied to me yet.

Remind a person of something, not remind a person something.
Don’t say:  Please  remind  me  that later
Say:  Please remind me of that later.

Point to or at a person or thing, not point a person or  thing.
Don’t say: He  pointed the map on the wall.
Say: He  pointed to the map  on the wall.
Or: He pointed at the map on the wall.
Note: Also point out: He pointed out the boy who did it. To point (without any preposition) means to direct: Don’t point the gun this way.

 Pay for a thing, not pay a thing.
Don’t say:  How  much  did you pay the book?
Say: How much  did  you pay for the  book?
Note: A person can pay another person. He/She can also pay a bill, an account, or a  subscription. He / She pays for a thing that heshe buys.

 Listen to a person or thing, not listen a person or thing.
Don’t say: They were listening the music.
Say: They were listening to the  music.

 Knock at the door, not knock  the  door.
Don’t say: Who is knocking the door.
Say: Who is knocking at the door?

Explain to a person,  not explain  a person.
Don’t say:  She explained me  the  matter.
  Say: She explained the matter to me.

 Dream of a thing, not dream a thing.
Don’t say: Young men dream glory and riches.
Say: Young men dream of glory and  riches.

Disposeget rid of a thing, not disposeget rid a thing.
   Don’t say: He’ll disposeget rid all  his property.
   Say: He’ll disposeget rid of all his property.

Ask for a thing, not ask a thing.
Don’t say: She came  and asked my book.
Say: She came and asked for my  book.