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Noun + Prepositions

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FOR

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!

    IN

    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.

    OF

    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.

    TO

    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.

    WITH

    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?

    BETWEEN

    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.

Nouns Prepositions Quiz

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