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Using the wrong preposition

1. Travel by train, etc., not with the train, etc.

Don’t say: He traveled with the train yesterday.

Say: He traveled by train yesterday.

Note: We say: by train, by boat, by plane, by bike; also, by land, by sea, by air, by bus; on a bus or in a bus; by car or in a car, by taxi or in a taxi; on horseback, on a donkey, on a bicycle; on foot.

2. Complain about, not for.

Don’t say: Annette complained for the weather.

Say: Annette complained about the weather.

Note: While talking about illness? we use complain of. We say: She complained of a sore throat.



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