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Prepositional Idioms

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  • Niall Houghton
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    23 January, 2018 at 8:29
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    An area which can be difficult for non-native English speakers is the use of prepositions embedded in idioms.

    For example:
    A person who is overcharged is said to pay through the nose. (Preposition is ‘through’).

    Someone who is made to do something is led by the nose. (Preposition is ‘by’).

    There are no easy rules for deciding which preposition to use in such phrases, they just have to be learned.

    So this would make a useful lesson in itself.

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