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SAT Practice, The New Verbal Section

Preposition Playsheet 2

Note: These are exercises used in classroom and online courses. See the Abacus-es Classes page. Many contain intentional errors to be fixed. Be sure to look up vocabulary terms as needed.

Preposition Matching

Choose the correct preposition

Uncle Cuthbert Anticipates a Weekend

Boadicea plied Uncle Cuthbert [about, with, over, from] questions [about, with, over, from] his days as a member [for, from, of, on] the Ministry of Erroneous Assumptions (formed to dispel misconceptions [under, over, by, for] which members of the Ministry of Extraneous Folkloric Perversions had been laboring).

He stressed that his answer must be contingent [with, from, by, upon] receiving assurance that no member of the ministry be subjected [with, to, by, for] accusations of frivolity and general silliness nor would they be the subject [from, of, over, to] derisive mimicry including, but not limited to, verses, songs, chants, effigies, hand-puppetry, or other forms of demeaning comedic caricature.

Boadicea retorted that, though some ministers had diverged [on, in, from, for] the original fatuous agenda, in her opinion, complete reconciliation [with, over, by, onto] the Society for Conscientious Deferential Irreverence was unlikely, as five skits, a float, three song cycles, and a short oratorio had already been composed and that significant progress had been made [around, in, on, by] costumes, scenery, and props, including a life-sized replica of a very baffled looking diplodocus.

Uncle Cuthbert interpreted Boadicea's response as the harbinger [of, for, from, over] a raucous and tumultuous weekend with members of the SCDI, redolent [from, of, with, over] curry, WD40, and decaying floral vegetation. He refrained [of, from, with, for] comment [for, of, with, by] fear that further remonstration might serve [as, for, with, by] inspiration - something [from, over, with, by] which he was loathe to provide them.