5 times you should NOT use a preposition in English

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Prepositions like in, of, at, from, and to are used very frequently in English!

However, there are some cases in which you shouldn’t use one – and in today’s lesson, you’ll learn 5 times you should not use a preposition.

Case #1

After go, we usually use to + place:

  • I’m going to the mall.
  • We went to Paris last year.

Exceptions: home and downtown.
Do not use “to” with these!

  • I’m going home.
  • We went downtown last night.

Case #2

We usually use on + a day and in + a month:

  • I have a meeting on Friday.
  • We’ll call you on March 1st.
  • The concert is in June.

Do NOT use in/on with yesterday, tomorrow, this, last, next

  • I have a meeting tomorrow.
  • We’ll call you next Friday.
  • The concert is this June.

Case #3

We usually use into for movement from outside to inside:

  • She came into my room.
  • Let’s go into the house.

Exception: enter

  • She entered my room.
  • Let’s enter the house.

Enter into is only used for starting agreements, negotiations, discussions, etc.

  • The two companies entered into a financial agreement.
  • Spain and France will enter into trade negotiations next month.

Case #4

We don’t use to after attend when it means to go or to be present:

  • Nine students attended the lecture.
  • I regularly attend yoga classes.

You could use go to instead of attend:

  • Nine students went to the lecture.
  • I regularly go to yoga classes.

Attend to means to pay attention to or handle something:

  • Doctors attended to the people who were injured in the accident.
  • We’ll attend to that problem later.

Case #5

Do not use of when lack is used as a verb:

  • I sometimes lack confidence.
  • Last night’s dinner lacked salt.

We use of when lack is used as a noun:

  • I’m trying to overcome my lack of confidence.
  • The lack of salt made the food tasteless.

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