TOEIC: Grammar: Prepositions

Prepositions link their objects to the other structures within the sentence.  They’re used to show placement, time, direction, cause, and location.

  • At is used with a specific time of day.

We will meet at 2:00pm.

  • On is used with a specific day or date.

I will go to school on Monday.

The contract wasn’t signed on the 25th of January.

  • In is used with a month or year.

The convention is always held in August.

Toshiba was founded in 1850.

  • At is used with a specific address.

Our new hotel is at 1117 Taylor Avenue.

  • On is used with a street name.

The office used to be on Sukhumvit Road.

  • In is used with a specific city or country.

The main office is in Yangon.

We have a number of clients in Brazil.

  1. __________ all the applicants, the woman who came in dressed sloppily in blue jeans and a T-shirt has the most experience.
  1. from
  2. by
  3. of
  4. to

2. Please not that though we didn’t anticipate local authorities searching our offices, an investigation will be held ___________ Monday at 9:00am.

  1. at
  2. for
  3. to
  4. on

3. Just like bellhops, front desk receptionists, and dining room servers, all housekeepers report directly _________ the hotel manager.

  1. for
  2. at
  3. in
  4. to

4. The plant will be closed __________ noon tomorrow for its annual safety inspection.

  1. with
  2. in
  3. at
  4. from

5. We have told the new office assistant that we would like him to begin work __________ January 24.

  1. on
  2. in
  3. at
  4. for

6. If we stand ___________ this awning, we’ll be protected from the rain.

  1. over
  2. through
  3. beside
  4. beneath

7. The sales meetings Mr. Suzuki proposed in last month’s forum will officially be held ___________ Tokyo in the first week of May.

  1. to
  2. in
  3. at
  4. on

8. Though everything depends on weather conditions at this time of year, the shipment is due to arrive by cargo __________ a week.

  1. within
  2. for
  3. on
  4. until

9. The delivery service claims that they left the package ____________ 34 Huntsville Drive yesterday morning, but no one seems to have seen it.

  1. on
  2. in
  3. by
  4. at

10. According to the report publish in today’s Sun, the local government plans to reduce spending ________ one million dollars.

  1. at
  2. by
  3. with
  4. of

 

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