Unit 115. Noun + preposition (“reason for,” “cause of,” etc.)

Study this list of nouns + preposition. Sometimes other prepositions are possible – a good dictionary will give you more information.

a check FOR (a sum of money):

  • They sent me a check for $100.

    a demand / a need FOR something:

  • The company closed down because there wasn’t enough demand for its
    product.

    a reason FOR something:

  • The train was late but no one knew the reason for the delay.

    a rise / an increase / a fall / a decrease IN something:

  • There has been an increase in automobile accidents lately.

    an advantage / a disadvantage OF something:

  • The advantage of living alone is that you can do what you like.

    but we say “there is an advantage in (or to) doing something”:

  • There are many advantages in (or to) living alone.

    a cause OF something:

  • Nobody knows what the cause of the explosion was.

    a photograph / a picture OF someone/something:

  • He always keeps a photograph of his wife in his wallet.

    damage TO something:

  • The accident was my fault, so I paid for the damage to the other car.

    an invitation TO a party / a wedding, etc.:

  • Did you get an invitation to the party?

    a reaction TO something:

  • I was surprised at her reaction to what I said.

    a solution TO a problem / an answer TO a question / a reply TO a letter / a key TO a door:

  • Do you think we’ll find a solution to this problem?
  • The answer to your question is “No”!

    an attitude TO/TOWARD someone/something:
    ? His attitude to/toward his job is very negative.

    a relationship / a connection / contact WITH someone/something:

  • Do you have a good relationship with your parents?
  • The police want to question a man in connection with the robbery.

    but: a relationship / a connection / a difference BETWEEN two things:

  • The police have said that there is no connection between the two murders.
  • There are some differences between British English and American English.
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