Common mistake wrong preposition: 'happen with' (happen to)

Common Mistake: Wrong Preposition

Using "happen with" instead of "happen to"

One common mistake in English grammar is using the wrong preposition with the verb "happen." Instead of using "happen with," the correct preposition to use is "happen to."

Let's take a look at some examples to illustrate this mistake:

  • Incorrect: The accident happened with me.
  • Correct: The accident happened to me.

In the incorrect example, the preposition "with" is used after the verb "happened," which is incorrect. The correct preposition to use in this situation is "to," as shown in the correct example.

Here's another example to clarify the correct usage:

  • Incorrect: What happened with the missing documents?
  • Correct: What happened to the missing documents?

In this example, the incorrect usage of "with" is replaced with the correct preposition "to."

Using the wrong preposition with the verb "happen" can make your sentences sound unnatural or confusing. Therefore, it's important to remember to use the preposition "to" after the verb "happen."

Linguix grammar checker can help you catch and correct mistakes like these in your writing.

wrong preposition: 'happen with' (happen to) mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    What happened with him?

    What happened to him?

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