What will be the prepositions in the following sentence:

"The authority was preparing narrow, targeted XY (any organization) sanctions __ Steven's academy and could roll __ the punitive measures __ the year-end," said the official who spoke on condition __ anonymity.

MY ASSUMPTIOON: for , at, down , of.

  • Why do you think those are right? What research have you done on these prepositions? – stangdon Feb 3 '18 at 18:44
  • 3 of 4 are incorrect, but we are not here to do your homework for you. If this is from a practice quiz for a test that you are planning to take, this rate of errors suggests it would be best for you to take another half-year or year of studying English before you attempt to take this test (especially if it costs money to take it). A good strategy would be to google words like "sanctions" and "punitive measures" and read articles to see how these words are used in context, and write down phrases in which they come up. – tenebris2020 Feb 3 '18 at 19:15
  • For is correct. Look up "roll out." We say "by the year-end." Of is correct. So I say two of four are incorrect. And you spelled "assumption" wrong, but I suspect that is an accident. :) Prepositions are confusing in most languages, so you just have to learn them. – BobRodes Feb 3 '18 at 20:16
  • @BobRodes in this context, "against" is more appropriate than "for". Sanctions "for" X imply that X is that specific wrongdoing for which sanctions were imposed. "Steven's academy" is not a wrongdoing. Aaaaand, we have half-answered the OP's question (should we have?) – tenebris2020 Feb 3 '18 at 20:41
  • ah, yes, BobRodes answered the whole question... – tenebris2020 Feb 3 '18 at 20:50

You have several choices:

For targetting sanctions, you might use

sanctions at Steven's academy
sanctions for Steven's academy

for delivering something:

roll out

to give a time frame:

before the year-end
by the year-end
at the year-end

usually "the" would not be included.

And the final one is an idiom:

on condition of anonymity

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