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“An idiom is an expression peculiar to a language and not explainable by principles of logic or the ordinary meaning of the individual words. Why do we say that a person is on duty, in trouble, or at work?”
Here are some common idioms in English. Most involve prepositions.
agree on a procedure
with a person
to a plan
angry at or about something
with a person
argue with a person
for or against something
buy from a place
for a person
conform to or with
correspond to something
die of or from
differ from on another in appearance
with a person in opinion
express interest in
interfere with a performance
in someone’s affairs
oblivious to or of
prefer x to y
Take care to include all prepositions needed to make an idiomatic sentence. Not the additions needed in these sentences:
1. He was oblivious ^ and undisturbed by the noise around him.
2. No one could have been more interested ^ or devoted to his students than Mr. Berry.
3. He is as tall, if not taller than his brother. Correct: He is as tall as his brother, if not taller.
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