Noun + Preposition

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Welcome to your Noun + Preposition lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• Noun + “For”
Noun + “Of”
• Noun + “In”
• Noun + “To”
Noun + “With” / “Between”
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Noun + “For”

Here are a few expressions that follow this structure:

  • A reason for:

“He didn’t come to work, and no-one knew the reason for his disappearance.”

  • A demand for:

“We started selling ice-cream because there was a big demand for junk food.”

  • A need for:

“There’s no excuse for that behaviour. There’s no need for it.”

  • A cheque for:

“He wrote a cheque for £100.”

Noun + “Of”

Here are some expressions that follow this structure:

  • An advantage / disadvantage of (you can also say An advantage / disadvantage in):

“The advantage of living in the city is access to amenities.”

“The advantage to living in the city is access to amenities.”

  • A cause of:

“What was the cause of the accident?”

  • A map / photograph / image / painting (etc.) of:

“Mark showed me a picture of his dog.”

“We bought a map of the town.”

Noun + “In”

Here are some expressions that follow this structure:

  • An increase / decrease / rise / fall in:

“There has been a decrease in the number of road accidents.”

“We had a big fall in sales last year.”

Noun + “To”

Here are some expressions that follow this structure:

  • Damage to:

“There was massive damage to the office after the fire.”

  • An invitation to:

“Thanks for the invitation to your wedding!”

  • A solution / reply / answer / reaction / key to:

“We’ll find a solution to the problem.”

“Do you have the key to the door?”

“I’m still waiting for an answer to my question.”

  • An attitude to (you can also say An attitude towards):

“His attitude to life is really positive.”

“His attitude towards life is really positive.”

Noun + “With” / “Between”

Here are some expressions that follow this structure:

  • A relationship / connection / contact with:

“Do you have a good relationship with your boss?”

“Are you still in contact with friends from high school?”

  • However, you can also say A relationship / connection / contact / difference between:

“The police believe there’s no connection between the incidents.”

“There are lots of differences between Canada and the USA.”

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