1 of, 2 as, 3 for, 4 above, 5 besides, 6 except, 7 of, 8 near, 9 in, 10 beyond, 11 to
1 with, 2 on, 3 with / at, 4 on, 5 on / after, 6 at, 7 from, 8 on, 9 through, 10 of / from, 11 besides 12 because of / owing to / due to / on account of / during, 13 of, 14 with, 15 on / with, 16 of, 17 to, 18 from 19 by, 20 beyond
1 except excludes; besides includes
2 ‘near the station’ is farther from the station than ‘close to the station’
3 as a mother: she is a mother / in the capacity of a mother; like a mother: in the same way as a mother
1 Besides tents we (also) sell caravans.
2 The CEO got a bonus of 2.5 million on top of his salary.
3 She has worked / has been working as a secretary for / with a building company / construction company for ten years (already). / For ten years …
4 Most planes fly above the clouds.
5 We had an interesting conversation over a glass of wine.
6 The accountant was involved in a bribery scandal.
7 He succeeded / was successful at his first attempt / try.
8 They did not stick to / keep to / adhere to the environmental rules / regulations.
9 We remind you of our invoice of 10 May / May 10 / 10th May / May 10th.
10 In case of non-payment we will / shall have to / need to call in a debt collector / debt collecting agency.
11 There was a shortage / lack of skilled workers / labourers.
12 Last year we spent ten per cent of our turnover on advertising / publicity.
13 This country is rich in oil.
14 Owing to / Due to / Because of / On account of the recession we sold / have sold fewer toys. / We sold … the recession.
15 The success of the takeover was beyond expectation.
16 I stayed with a business contact of mine.
17 If you order more than 5,000 labels you (will) get a discount of 4.5 per cent. / … a 4.5 per cent discount.
18 They placed / have placed the order with a Japanese shipyard.
19 He has been / was dismissed / fired / sacked because of / on account of / due to / owing to incompetence.
1 for / with Philips: the expression is ‘work for / with a company’
2 above zero: the expression is ‘above zero’.
3 with a friend: the expression is ‘stay with a person’.
4 Above the valley: not directly above.
6 Besides being: except excludes
8 cash on / with me: the expression is ‘I have no money on / with me’.
9 like a child: the meaning is ‘in the same way as’
10 Two mistakes:
2,500: a comma is used to separate thousands
from a Swiss firm: the expression is ‘order from a firm’.
1 through, 2 by, 3 with / at, 4 except