Use 'for' preceded by the following nouns:
- a check for (amount of money)
Example: She gave me a check for $50.
- a demand for something
Example: Unfortunately, there wasn't enough demand for our product.
- a need for something
Example: There is a real need for discipline in this class.
- a reason for something
Example: I have a reason for doing that!
Use 'in' preceded by the following nouns:
- a rise in something
Example: There has been a rise in prices recently.
- an increase in something
Example: We have seen many increases in production levels.
- a fall in something
Example: There has been a fall in prices recently.
- a decrease in something
Example: We have seen many decreases in production levels.
Use 'of' preceded by the following nouns:
- a cause of something
Example: She is the cause of all his problems.
- a photograph OR a picture of something or someone
Example: He took a photograph of the mountains.
Use 'to' preceded by the following nouns:
- damage to something
Example: I did a lot of damage to my car the other day.
- an invitation to a celebration of some type
Example: We were invited to their wedding.
- reaction to something
Example: Her reaction to his behavior was quite funny.
- a solution to a problem
Example: He provided the solution to our financial situation.
- an attitude to something (or TOWARDS something)
Example: Your attitude to your problems doesn't help them get resolved.
Use 'with' preceded by the following nouns:
- a relationship with someone or something
Example: My relationship with Mary is wonderful.
- a connection with someone or something
Example: His connections with the CIA are very limited.
- a contact with someone or something
Example: Have you had any contact with Sarah?
Use 'between' preceded by the following nouns:
- a connection between TWO things
Example: There is no connection between the two crimes.
- a relationship between TWO things
Example: The relationship between the two friends was very strong.
- a contact between TWO things
Example: There is little contact between the two parents.
- a difference between TWO things
Example: There is no difference between those two colors.
Test Your Understanding
Now that you have studied the various noun preposition formulas, try the follow-up quiz to test your understanding.
Study other prepositions:
- Prepositions of Place - in / at / on
- Prepositions of Movement - in / to / at / nothing
- Prepositions - for / while / during
- Prepositions of time and date - in / on / at
- Nouns Prepositions
- Prepositions Nouns
- Adjective Prepositions Combinations - 1
- Adjective Prepositions Combinations - 2
- Prepositions of Position and Direction