(This is a list of a few expressions which often cause problems. For information about other [preposition + noun] combinations, see a good dictionary.)
- at the cinema: at the theatre; at a party; at university
a book by Joyce; a concerto by Mozart; a film by Fassbinder (NOT of)
for … reason
My sister decided to go to America for several reasons.
in pen, pencil, ink etc
Please fill in the form in ink.
in the rain, snow etc
I like walking in the rain.
in a … voice
Stop talking to me in that stupid voice.
in a suit, raincoat, shirt, skirt, hat etc
Who’s the man in the funny hat over there?
in the end = finally, after a long time
In the end, I got a visa for the Soviet Union. at the end = at the point where something stops
I think the film’s a bit weak at the end.
in time = with enough time to spare; not late
I didn’t get an interview because I didn’t send in the form in time. on time = at exactly the right time
Concerts never start on time.
on the radio; on TV