Fill in the Blanks (English Grammar) - With Detailed Explanations

fill in the blanks
Directions :
Mark the choice that correctly fills the blank in the given sentences.

1. I have written a textbook____ African history, and a book for children _____ Africa and its people.
(a) ON, on
(b) on , about
(c) about,on
(d) about, about



2. There is thick cloud ___ the south of England.
(a) over
(b) above
(c) on
(d) across


3. The summit of Everest is ___ 8000 metres  ___ sea level.
(a) above, over
(b) about , of
(c) over, above
(d) about,above


4. HIs office is ___ the corridor.
(a) on
(b) in
(c) beside
(d) along


5. Switzerland lies___ France, Italy,Austria and Germany,
(a) between
(b) among
(c) across
(d) beyond


6. My house is ___ the third crossroads after the bridge.
(a) on
(b) in
(c)over
(d) at


7. I once studied the guitar ____ three years.
(a) for
(b) from
(c) since
(d) in


8. Let's try to agree_____a date.
(a) with 
(b) about
(c) on
(d) to


9. What are you so angry ____?
(a) about
(b) with
(c) on
(d) of


10. We ought to discuss ____ your holiday dates.
(a) about
(b) of
(c) on
(d) no preposition needed.

Solutions :

1. On is used to suggest that a book,article,lecture,etc. is serious ,or academic,suitable for specialists..About is used when the information given is more general ,or the style of communication is more casual.

2.(over) .When the meaning is covering or crossing , over is used.

3.(over,above).With numbers,expressions of quantity or measurement, it is more common to use over;above is used when we think about measurement on a vertical scale.

4.(along).Along is used with nouns like road. river,corridor , line: words that refer things with a long, thin,shape.

5. ( between).Between is used when we see the surrounding objects,people,countries,etc.separately.

6.(at). At is used when we talk about position at a point.

7.(for).For is used to say how an action or a situation lasts. IT can be used to talk about the past, present or future.

8. (on). When it is a matter for decision,on is used with agree.

9.(about). Angry with a person,but angry about something.

10.  No preposition needed.

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