IELTS Grammar: prepositions

 A student asked me recently which preposition to use with the word 'spending'. But there isn't an easy answer to this question. Here are a few possible phrases:

- spending on food
- spending by teenagers
- spending in the UK
- spending during the summer holiday
- spending throughout October
- spending in dollars
- spending via mobile phone apps

Correct use of prepositions is one of the most difficult aspects of learning English. However, instead of learning 'rules', I recommend that you simply copy the phrases that you read and hear. This is how native speakers learn to use prepositions.

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