Learn how the use of different prepositions may affect the meanings of sentences.
Delight in someone or something: take great pleasure in.
e.g. We all delight in your baby.
Delight with: please someone with something.
Answer for: be responsible for.
e.g. You will have to answer for your mistakes.
Answer to: explain or justify for.
e.g. You will have to answer to the judge for what you did.
Hold by: stick to a promise.
Check out: leave; pay bills.
e.g. We are going to check out the hotel at noon.
Check up on: investigate.
e.g. The account will check up on the sum of money unaccounted for.
Gain in: advance in something.
e.g. As you age, you may gain in wisdom.
Gain on: begin to catch up with.
e.g. We were able to gain in on the car in front of us.
Fade down: diminish.
e.g. The thunder faded down, and soon the sun came out.
Fade up: increase the sound gradually.
e.g. Let's fade up the music when the speaker finished his speech.
Horse around: play around nosily and roughly.
e.g Stop horsing around! It's time to go home!
Abide by: follow a set of rules.
e.g. We must abide by all the instructions from the Mayor.
Abide with: stay with someone.
e.g. She is your wife; you must abide with her no matter what.
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