Using Prepositions Correctly p. 330 7-5
The prepositions in and into are often used incorrectly. • When you are in a place, you are already there. • When you go from the outside to the inside, you go into a place. • We waited in the dark room. • The guide let us into the cave.
Never use the preposition of as a helping verb. • Incorrect: We could of seen more. • Correct: We could have seen more.
Which words are correct? • John James Audubon (must of, must have) been a genius. • Audubon painted birds (in, into) natural settings. • He would go (in, into) the woods to look for them. • He (must of, must have) been very interested in birds. • His pictures almost (could of, could have) come to life. • His drawings were printed (in, into) Birds of America. • Rachael Carson was a serious student (in, into) school. • She hoped to study life (in, into) the ocean.
Which words are correct? • 9. Rachel liked reaching (in, into) streams for creatures. • 10. She also enjoyed spending time (in, into) the woods. • 11. Rachel really believed that every living thing had a special place (in, into) nature. • 12. She set free insects that wandered (in, into) her room. • 13. As an adult, Rachel wrote books and went (in, into) classrooms to lecture.
Which words are correct? • 14. He was a Swiss-born naturalist who (must of, must have) studied many different kinds of animals. • 15. As a boy, Agassiz kept many pets (in, into) his room. • 16. He put his pet mice (in, into) their cage when visitors came. • 17. Wild birds perched on a pine branch (in, into) a corner of his bedroom. • 18. His parents (could of, could have) been angry with their son’s hobby. • 19. They (must of, must have) enjoyed the surprises he carried home from the outdoors. • 20. Louis brought home live fish to put (in, into) his own pond.