prepositions: expressions without prepositions

(This is a list of important expressions in which we do not use prepositions, or can leave them out.)

  • We do not use prepositions after discuss, marry and lack.
      We must discuss your plans. She married a friend of her sister’s.
      He’s clever, but he lacks experience.
  • No preposition before expressions of time beginning next, last, this, one, every, each, some, any, all.
      See you next Monday The meeting’s this Thursday.
      Come any day you like. The party lasted all night.

    Note also tomorrow morning, yesterday afternoon, etc.
    (NOT on tomorrow morning etc).

  • In an informal style, we sometimes leave out on before the names of the days of the week. This is very common in American English.
      Why don’t you come round (on) Monday evening?
  • We use a instead of a preposition in three times a day, sixty miles an hour, eighty pence a pound, and similar expressions.
  • We usually leave out at in (At) what time . . . ?
      What time does Granny’s train arrive?
  • Expressions containing words like height, length, size, shape, age, colour, volume, area are usually connected to the subject of the sentence by the verb be, without a preposition.
      What colour are her eyes?
      He’s just the right height to be a policeman.
      She’s the same age as me.
      You’re a very nice shape.
      I’m the same weight as I was twenty years ago.
      What shoe size are you?
  • We often leave out in (especially in spoken English) in the expressions (in) the same way, (in) this way, (in) another way etc.
      They plant corn the same way their ancestors used to, 500 years ago.
  • We do not use to before home.
      I’m going home.
      In American English, at can be left out before home.
      Is anybody home ?