SAT Prepositions Practice
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Jill was never willing to abide _____ the rules, even when threatened with severe punishment.
Even at age seven, Sammy displayed tremendous ability _____ mathematics.
According to the survey, voters were awed by the legislators' ability _____ work together.
I never cared much for history until meeting a professor _____ great ability.
Absent _____ the speech was any mention of the students and laboratory technicians upon whose contributions the chemist had depended heavily.
The labor union is negotiating a contract with the hospital that will satisfy the demands of the workers and be acceptable _____ all levels of management.
One challenge that writer Eleanor Telemaque faced was how to preserve her ethnic identity while becoming more accessible _____ readers who are unaccustomed to writers from other cultures.
Hans was fired after he admitted that he could not account _____ the missing funds. (= to explain)
Tell me where you have been and give me an account _____ your activities there. (= a report of)
She has to account _____ the supervisor for the time spent in travel. (= answer to X; X is the boss)
_____ all accounts, it was his friend Joseph, not Sylvester, who actually completed the school project.
We left the campground early on account _____ the thunderstorm. (= because of)
NOTE: because is always more concise than on account of
The presidential nominee needs to take account _____ all issues that are important to the voters if he wants them to vote for him. (= to pay attention to)
John's report is thorough, but doesn't take _____ account socioeconomic status of those interviewed. (= to consider)
Sally acted as if she were not accountable _____ anyone.
Philip claimed that alcohol made him unaccountable _____ the accident.
The judge nevertheless held Philip accountable _____ all damages caused by the accident.
In the WWI, the US Army refused to accredit women _____ news correspondents.
When the prosecutor accused the mayor _____ corruption, the mayor had no defense.
Stephanie was accused _____ causing all the problems her group faced.
through / by
Peter's seemingly effortless flights, achieved _____ the use of sophisticated technical equipment, continue to delight those who see the play Peter Pan.
For those [who are] unacquainted _____ abstract art, Mark Rothko paintings can seem meaningless.
The derelict old house across _____ the warehouses and the even more decrepit one just beside them have been placed on the list of historic landmarks.
The director will adapt a novel _____ the stage.
The director adapted a film _____ a novel.
It was a Chinese American grower who finally succeeded in adapting the now familiar orange tree _____ the American climate.
Early natives adapted food production methods _____ meet the requirements of a harsh Arctic climate.
Baz Luhrman's adaptation _____ Romeo and Juliet was intended for a younger audience than Shakespeare plays typically appeal to.
Lydia Child wrote widely-circulated abolitionist articles in addition _____ editing an anti-slavery journal.
A powerful advocate _____ equal rights, Lockwood was twice a candidate for President long before the 19th Amendment to the Constitution allowed women to vote. (when advocate is a noun!)
I was more affected _____ the jeering crowd than by the outcome of the race.
When FDR found himself afflicted _____ polio, he feared that he would never realize his political ambitions.
The bus would not have had to take the long detour instead of the main highway if the bridge had not become treacherous in the aftermath _____ an ice storm.
Tom agreed _____ his sister on most things, but not when it came to politics.
Suzette agreed _____ help her dad build a doghouse.
Ted wouldn't agree _____ the buyout proposal suggested by his company's rival. (=agree to accept)
A powerful advocate of/for equal rights, Belva Lockwood was twice a candidate for President long before the Nineteenth Amendment _____ the Constitution allowed women to vote.
Jerry was so angered _____ he punched a hole in the wall. [Jerry was so angry that he punched a hole in the wall.]
Corrina was angry _____ her little brother, who had become especially insufferable after winning a chess tournament.
Tory was still angry _____ the detention Mr. Jarvis had given him the day before.
It was obvious that the candidates had planned carefully for the debate, for each answer _____ the opening question showed evidence of having been rehearsed. (if answer is a verb, use no prepo!)
The directors of the bank had to answer _____ the stockholders for the loss.
Bella answered my long series of questions _____ a nod.
In answer _____ her father's question, Louise offered only a few confused syllables
The newspaper printed a trashy story that was antithetical _____ everything that the paper's high-minded founded had believed journalism should be.
The disgraced Congressman refused to apologize _____ his role in the scandal.
College students appealed _____ the university's decision to raise tuition rates
The disaster-stricken nation has appealed to the international community _____ emergency food aid.
Thoreau's book Walden, which describes the author's experiment in simple living, has a special appeal _____ people disheartened by our modern technological culture.
for/on behalf of
The attorney made an appeal _____ the man who had been wrongly convicted.
Throughout his speech, the politician made numerous appeals _____ the audience's feelings of patriotism, even going so far as to drape himself with a national flag.
My friend appeared on stage _____ Hamlet.
Neither Frances nor her sister appears _____ an extrovert.
She applied _____ a fellowship.
Because his experience in the naval medical corps had been rewarding, Bob applied _____ medical school after he was discharged from the navy.
The rule does not apply _____ this case. She applied herself to her new duties with energy.
Whatever price the company finally sets for the fuel will probably be determined as much by politics as by a realistic appraisal _____ the market.
Because my parents didn't approve _____ my decision to drop out of school, they cut off my allowance.
Brazil is not only the most populous of the twelve South American countries but also the largest _____ area.
The more Donny tried to argue _____ his parents, the more resolute their rejection became.
Toni Morrison' s genius enables her to create novels that arise _____ and express the injustice African Americans have endured.
The African violet is among the most popular houseplants because its flowers bloom throughout the year and come in a wide array _____ colors.
At the conclusion of the novel The Great Gatsby, Nick Carraway, a young Midwesterner recently arrived _____ New York, moodily watches the blinking green light at the tip of Long Island.
Traffic was heavy, so by the time Brianne finally arrived _____ the theater, we had waited for her for an hour, missing the entire first act of the play.
Tina asked _____ Stephano stop procrastinating and that he immediately begin the project.
I asked Dora _____ stop repeating herself when she is giving instructions.
I asked my uncle _____ support, but he refused to give any.
Having studied hard for the podiatry examination, Charles felt capable of making distinctions among the various problems associated _____ the joints in the foot.
The movie was at once thrilling because of the chase scenes _____ boring because of the long, uninterrupted soliloquies of the teenaged main character.
At the risk _____ sounding like a fool, Gerald stood up and told his favorite joke at the assembly.
at / [infinitive]
He made an attempt _____ being funny.
The "representational" actor imitates a character's behavior, but the "presentational" actor attempts _____ reveal human behavior through self-understanding. (attempt is a verb)
The assassin made an attempt _____ the president's life. (meaning: "attempt to kill [someone].")
More than forty years have passed since a quarter of a million people marched on Washington, D.C., in an attempt _____ secure civil rights for Black Americans.
Although discoveries of precious gems have brought considerable attention _____ the country of Sri Lanka, its economy is still based on farming rather than mining.
Flints found in the region extending from the Nile Valley to the highlands of eastern Iraq attest _____ the presence of people there as long ago as one hundred thousand years.
Without consistent records we cannot determine which changes in the unemployment rate are attributable _____ seasonal business fluctuations.
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