Prepositions before particular words and expressions
This is a list of a few common expressions which often cause problems. For information about other common preposition + noun combinations, see a good dictionary.
At the cinema; at the club; at a party; at the theatre; at university.
We were classmates at university.
I first met him at a party.
What’s on at the theatre this week?
A book by Hemingway (= a book written by Hemingway)
A film by Spielberg (= a film directed by Spielberg)
A concerto by Beethoven
A painting by Picasso
Have you read anything by Dickens?
Means of Transport
By car / by bike / by bus / by train / by boat / by plane / by land / by sea / by air
On foot / on a bus
In a car etc.
We came by train.
In the end = finally, after a long time
In the end, he got a good job.
At the end = at a point where something stops
The novel is a bit weak at the end.
In pen / in pencil / in ink etc.
Fill in the form in ink.
In a suit / in a raincoat / in a shirt / in a skirt / in a hat etc.
On the radio / on TV / on the phone
There is a good program on TV tonight.
John is on the phone.
On time = neither late nor early
It is essential that the meeting starts on time. (NOT … in time.)
In time = before the last moment