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IELTS Grammar – Prepositions "of, to, for" Some useful tips on how to use the prepositions “of, to, for” to boost your score in the IELTS

Preposition: to, of, for Prepositions are words that link words and phrases to other parts of the sentence. There are quite a number of prepositions with very different rules on when to use them. Go on through the following slide to know more about the prepositions “to, of, for.”

You will learn: Proper use – when and how to use the preposition

Sample sentences

Preposition: to

Preposition - to • to indicate the direction to where something or someone is heading

Sample sentences: My sister is heading to the office this early morning.

The books were sent to Mr. Loh in Singapore.

All of us went to the amusement park yesterday.

Please give it back to me.

Preposition - to •

to show a limit or ending point

Sample sentences: The snow was piled up to the roof.

The prices rose up to 10 percent compared last year.

Preposition - to • to indicate time or period

Sample sentences: In my work before, I used to work from eight in the morning to ten in the evening.

What time is it? Ten to five.

Preposition: FOR

Preposition - for • to show how to use something

Sample sentences: This place is for showcases and that is for the parking.

They baked some cookies for your anniversary.

This knife is for cutting bread.

Preposition - for • to mean “because of”

Sample sentences: I am so happy for you. Good job!

We feel sorry for the loss.

For this reason, I think students have to make use of modern instructional materials.

Preposition - for • to indicate time or duration

Sample sentences: He has been a very famous actor for ten years.

I can talk to you for a few minutes.

I have attended the seminar for three days.

Preposition: OF

Preposition - of • to show belonging, or relating, or connected with

Sample sentences: The highlight of the show is at the end.

I always dreamt of being rich and famous.

Don’t use that. That is the chair of my sister.

The first page of the portfolio is an acknowledgement.

Preposition - of • to indicate reference

Sample sentences: I got married in the summer of 2012.

This is a picture of my boyfriend.

Preposition - of • to indicate an amount or number

Sample sentences: I have drunk three cups of coffee this morning. A large number of students gathered for the protest.

I had only four hours of sleep because of my report.

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