Common mistakes in English: Unnecessary words (Part 1)

              Unnecessary prepositions

The words below do not require a preposition to go with them because they have within them the meaning of the preposition.

284. Answer (= reply to)

Don’t say: Please answer to my question.

✓ Say: Please answer my question.

Note: The noun answer takes to –> His answer to my question was wrong.

285. Approach (= come near to)

Don’t say: Don’t approach to that house.

✓ Say: Don’t approach that house.

286. Ask (= put a question to)

Don’t say: I asked to the teacher about it.

✓ Say: I asked the teacher about it.

287. Attack ( = go and fight against)

Don’t say: They attacked against the enemy.

✓ Say: They attacked the enemy.

Note: We say to make an attack on –> They make an attack on the enemy.

288. Comprise (= consist of)

Don’t say: The book comprises of five chapters.

✓ Say: The book comprises five chapters.

Or: The book is comprised of five chapters.

289. Enter (= go into)

Don’t say: We entered into the classroom.

✓ Say: We entered the classroom.

Note: We enter into a convention, a debate, or a discussion

290. Finish ( = come to the end of)

Don’t say: I’ve finished from my work.

✓ Say: I’ve finished my work.

291. Leave (= depart from)

Don’t say: Brian left from England last week.

✓ Say: Brian left England last week.

292. Obey (= act according to)

Don’t say: We should obey to our teachers.

✓ Say: We should obey our teachers.

293. Allow (to) or let (= give permission to)

Don’t say: The driver allowed/let to John (to) sit in the front seat.

✓ Say: The driver allowed/let John (to) sit in the front seat.

Note: Permit has a similar meaning to let though its used in more formal situations –> The teacher doesn’t permit us to talk in class.

294. Reach (= arrive at)

Don’t say: We reached at the school early.

✓ Say: We reached the school early.

295. Resemble (= be similar to)

Don’t say: Does she resemble to her father?

✓ Say: Does she resemble her father?

Note: resemblance takes to or between –> She bears no resemblance to her father. There is no resemblance between them.

296. Tell (= say to)

Don’t say: I told to him to come at once.

✓ Say: I told him to come at once.

297. Behind (= at the back of)

Don’t say: Edward hid behind of a large tree.

✓ Say: Edward hid behind a large tree.

298. Inside (= in the interior of)

Don’t say: The boys went inside of the room.

✓ Say: The boys went inside the room.

299. Outside (= on the exterior of)

Don’t say: They stood outside of the door.

✓ Say: They stood outside the door.

300. Round (= on all sides of)

Don’t say: The Earth goes round of the Sun.

✓ Say: The Earth goes round the Sun.

Note: Around is similar in meaning and use to round.

Common mistakes in English: Unnecessary words (Part 1)
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