Preposition Collocations: Practice 1

Here are 25 preposition collocations you should know. Test yourself and find out which ones you know, and which ones you still need to practice.

Also try Preposition Collocations 2, Preposition Collocations 3, and Preposition Collocations 4.

Instructions: For each number, decide which preposition is missing from the collocation.

1. Depression is something that many people suffer ___.

2. My wife and I couldn’t agree ___ a name for our child.

3. I prefer cold pizza ___ any other type of breakfast.

4. Who is responsible ___ creating your work schedule?

5. My sister always blamed me ___ the house being a mess.

6. I will discuss your proposal ___ my manager and then get back to you.

7. I tried to prevent the accident ____ happening.

8. What university did you graduate ____?

9. Rodrigo insisted ____ paying for dinner.

10. Many psychologists help their patients cope ____ loss.

11. Are certain students exempt ____ the application fee?

12. How much time do you spend per day responding ____ emails from customers?

13. It was a big win for our team, and everyone contributed ____ the effort.

14. My father does not approve ____ my smoking.

15. Some people admire me ____ always speaking my mind.

16. This breed of dog is prone ____ arthritis.

17. I don’t know what I’d do if I were deprived ____ social media.

18. Several of my classmates are recovering ____ the flu.

19. Please refrain ____ chewing gum in class.

20. My cell phone carrier claims its coverage is superior ____ its competitors’ coverage.

21. Please abstain ____ drinking alcohol while taking this medication.

22. I was very fond ____ animals when I was a child. I wanted to be a veterinarian.

23. Using sign language, primates are capable ____ communicating with humans.

24. Successful people don’t get discouraged ____ an initial lack of success.

25. Studies show people with light eyes are more sensitive ____ light.

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