Correct use of some prepositions
Some words which differ slightly in form or meaning from one another take different prepositions after them.
He has no desire for name or fame.
He is desirous of becoming a great actor.
Similarly we say:
Confidence in but confident of
He has great confidence in his abilities.
He is confident of winning.
Sensible of but sensitive to
He is sensible of the danger he faces.
The eyes are sensitive to light.
Fond of but fondness for
She is fond of his daughter.
She has great fondness for her daughter.
Dispense with but dispose of
I intend to dispense with the service of my servant.
I intend to dispose of my old car.
Neglectful of but negligent in
A good worker is never neglectful of his duty.
He was found to be negligent in his work.
Note the correct use of prepositions in the following expressions.
Incorrect: Stand from constituency
Correct: stand for a constituency
Incorrect: meet success
Correct: meet with success
Incorrect: Professor in Stanford University
Correct: Professor at Stanford University
Verbs of motion require the preposition to after them.
He went to the garden. (NOT He went in the garden.)
Throw the ball to me.
But when some injury is meant, to is replaced by at
The dog ran at me. (= The dog attacked me.)
He threw the stone at the dog. (= He threw the stone at the dog with the objective of injuring it.)