I'd like to know if the preposition should be "for or in" in the following sentence:
He has enthusiasm for / in his studies
'Enthusiasm' is mostly followed by 'for'.
When we decide which preposition we should use in a sentence, do we always look at the word before the preposition, i.e. "enthusiasm" in this case? Thanks a lot.
Well, I see that it depends on the meaning of the sentence and knowing which word the preposition follows. To make myself clear, see these examples:
- We have a list of reasons. I have added one more reason to this list. ('Reason' should be directly followed by 'for', but here the preposition 'to' follows 'add').
- The enthusiasm of the volunteers is quite clear. (The enthusiasm of 'sb')
- Her enthusiasm to learn is inspiring. (This example is from an internet page. Here it is followed by 'to + inf.')