Common mistakes in IELTS – Incorrect omissions (Part 1)

             Incorrect omissions

                       Omission of prepositions

The following are examples of mistakes made through the omission of the preposition after certain words.

223. Ask for a thing, not ask a thing

Don’t say: She came and asked my book.

√ Say: She came and asked for my book.

224. Dispose/get rid of a thing, not dispose/get rid a thing

Don’t say: He’ll dispose/get rid all his property.

√ Say: He’ll dispose/get rid of all his property.

225. Dream of a thing, not dream a thing

Don’t say: Young men dream glory and riches.

√ Say: Young men dream of glory and riches.

226. Explain to a person, not explain a person

Don’t say: She explained me the matter.

√ Say: She explained the matter to me.

227. Knock at the door, not knock the door

Don’t say: Who is knocking the door?

√ Say: Who is knocking at the door?

228. Listen to a person or thing, not listen a person or thing

Don’t say: They were listening the music.

√ Say: They were listening to the music.

229. Pay for a thing, not pay a thing

Don’t say: How much did you pay the book?

√ Say: How much did you pay for the hook?

Note: A person can pay another person. He/She can also pay a bill, an account or a subscription. He/She pays for a thing that he/she buys.

230. Point to or at a person or thing, not point a person or thing

Don’t say: He pointed the map on the wall.

√ Say: He pointed to the map on the wall.

Or: He pointed at the map on the wall.

Note: Also point out –> He pointed out the boy who did it. To point (without any preposition) means to direct –> Don’t point the gun this way.

231. Remind a person of something, not remind a person something

Don’t say: Please remind me that later.

√ Say: Please remind me of that later.

232. Reply to a person, not reply a person

Don’t say: She’s not replied me yet.

√ Say: She’s not replied to me yet.

233. Say to a person, not say a person

Don’t say: Kevin said me “Come tomorrow.”

√ Say: Kevin said to me “Come tomorrow.”

234. Search for a lost thing, not search a lost thing

Don’t say: They’re searching the ball.

√ Say: They’re searching for the ball.

Note: In search of –> The wolf goes in search of sheep. To search someone or something (without the for) means to look in one’s pockets or house –> The policeman searched the man and his house.

235. Share with a person, not share a person

Don’t say: My friend shared me his book.

√ Say: My friend shared his book with me.

236. Speak to a person, not speak a person

Don’t say: I’ll speak him about that.

√ Say: I’ll speak to him about that.

Note: I’ll speak to him means “I’ll do all the speaking.” I’ll speak with him means “I’ll have a conversation with him.”

237. Supply a person with something, not supply a person something

Don’t say: Can you supply me all I need?

√ Say: Can you supply me with all I need?

Note: Also provide a person with –> She provided her son with all he needed.

238. Think of a person or thing, not think a person or thing

Don’t say: Think a number and then double it.

√ Say: Think of a number and then double it.

239. Wait for a person or thing, not wait a person or thing

Don’t say: I’ll wait you at the cinema.

√ Say: I’ll wait for you at the cinema.

Note: Await takes no preposition –> I’m awaiting your reply.

240. Wish for a thing, not wish a thing

Don’t say: He doesn’t wish any reward.

√ Say: He doesn’t wish for any reward.

241. Write to a person, not write a person

Don’t say: I’ll write her tomorrow.

√ Say: I’ll write to her tomorrow.

Note: When the direct object of write is expressed, omit the preposition –> I’ll write him a letter.

Common mistakes in IELTS – Incorrect omissions (Part 1)
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