1. List of nouns and the prepositions normally used with them:
|advantage of||advice on||alternative to||application for|
|benefit of||cause of||cheque for||cost of|
|demand for||difference between||example of||experience of, in|
|fall in, of||increase/decrease in, of||invitation to||interest in|
|lack of||matter with||need for||opinion of|
|order for||price of||reason for||reply to|
|request for||rise in, of||solution to||tax on|
2. Words referring to increases and decreases can be followed by in or of. In refers to something that has risen or fallen; of refer to a quantity or amount.
There has been a fall of 9.7%.
|at a good price||at a profit/loss||at cost price||at your convenience|
|at short notice||by post||by hand||by return|
|by cheque||by law||by car, bus, airmail||by mistake|
|for sale||for lunch||in advance||in stock|
|in writing||in general||in the end||in a hurry|
|in my opinion||in bulk||in charge of||in debt|
|on application||on sale||on loan||on holiday|
|on business||on a trip||on hold||on the phone|
|on television||on the whole||on order||on time|
|out of order||out of date||to my mind||under pressure|
|with reference to|
Look at the following examples:
This matter is urgent. Please reply by return.
Could you please confirm your order in writing.
The traffic is so bad I usually get into the centre by taxi. (not: by the taxi.)
|1999. Compiled by Yuri Demchenko.||