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Prepositions + Nouns



Use 'by' with the following nouns:

  • to pay by check (credit card)

    Example: I paid the bill by check.

  • to do something by accident

    Example: I broke the vase by mistake.

  • to do something by mistake

    Example: I'm afraid I brought the wrong book by mistake.

  • to do something by chance

    Example: I saw Jack at the supermarket by chance.

  • a play, song, book, etc. by someone

Example: The opera 'Otello' is by Giuseppe Verdi.


Use 'for' with the following nouns:

  • (to go / come) for a walk

    Example: Let's go for a walk.

  • (to go / come) for a swim

    Example: We went for a swim as soon as we arrived.

  • (to go / come) for a drink

    Example: Would you like to come over for a drink?

  • (to go / come) for a visit

    Example: I'd love to come for a visit sometime.

  • (to have something) for breakfast / lunch / dinner / supper (US English)

    Example: I had bacon and eggs for breakfast.


Use 'in' with the following nouns:

  • to be OR to fall in love with someone

    Example: I fell in love with my wife at first sight.

  • in my opinion

    Example: In my opinion, we need to invest in some development.

  • a need for something


Use 'on' with the following nouns:

  • (to be) on fire

    Example: Help! The house is on fire!

  • (to be) on the telephone / phone

    Example: I think Tom is on the phone at the moment.

  • on television

    Example: There is a good film on television tonight.

  • on the radio

    Example: Mahler's fifth was on the radio last night.

  • (to be / go) on a diet

    Example: I really need to go on a diet.

  • (to be / go) on strike

    Example: The sanitary engineers have gone on strike again.

  • (to be / go) on holiday (UK English) / vacation (American English)

    Example: I really need to go on vacation soon.

  • (to be / go) business

    Example: He went away this weekend on business.

  • (to be / go) on a trip

    Example: We were on a trip this past weekend.

  • (to be / go) a tour

    Example: Have you ever been on a tour of the French countryside?

  • (to be / go) on an excursion

    Example: We went on an excursion to Versailles when we were in Paris.

Test Your Understanding

Now that you have studied the various preposition noun formulas, try the follow-up quiz to test your understanding.

Nouns Prepositions Quiz

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