Grammar: Preposition Quiz

by IDP IELTS — September 25th, 2017

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A preposition is a word such as after, in, to, on, and with. Prepositions are usually used in front of nouns or pronouns and they show the relationship between the noun or pronoun and other words in a sentence. They describe, for example:

The position of something:
The books are under the bed.

The time when something happens:
Mary arrived on Friday.

The way in which something is done:
We went by bus.

and some are made up of more than one word:
She sat next to her daughter.

Let’s start!

  1. Mrs Tan promised she will be ready ___ 5 minutes.

(a) for

(b) of

(c) in

(d) to


2. I took the red dress ___ mistake.

(a) with

(b) on

(c) in

(d) by


3. She drew my attention ___ the latest spring and summer fashion designs.

(a) about

(b) by

(c) to

(d) on


4. ___ the most part, I found his presentation very entertaining and insightful.

(a) For

(b) To

(c) Of

(d) With


5. Please make sure you bring your own bedding and towels ___ you.

(a) to

(b) on

(c) by

(d) with


6. She was asked to live ___ her income as her savings will disappear in two years if she does not stop spending lavishly.

(a) with

(b) about

(c) within

(d) in


7. My mother was right ___ all, the new lawyer is not trustworthy.

(a) after

(b) in

(c) for

(d) along


8. She is ___ the phone every minute, she never puts any of her technology down.

(a) for

(b) in

(c) on

(d) with


9. I started to distance myself ___ other people because I could not relate to anyone.

(a) from

(b) above

(c) across against, along

(d) against


10. ___ them, they managed to save enough money to buy a house in the city.

(a) For

(b) On

(c) With

(d) Between


11. I moved to Sydney ___ my job.

(a) next to

(b) because of

(c) according to

(d) close to


12. We ate ___ coming to meet you.

(a) before

(b) between

(c) within

(d) on


13. We have spent the entire day looking ___ you.

(a) from

(b) for

(c) of

(d) to


14. She preferred to put the books ___ the window.

(a) by

(b) within

(c) with

(d) for


15. It is ___ us to make this business work.

(a) on to

(b) up to

(c) near to

(d) according to


1. (c); 2. (d); 3. (c); 4. (a); 5. (d); 6. (c); 7. (a); 8. (c); 9. (a); 10. (d); 11. (b); 12. (a); 13. (b); 14. (a); 15. (b).


Reference: Oxford Dictionary

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