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Prepositions and Verbs

Prepositions and Verbs

Some verbs are usually followed by prepositions before the object of the verb. The preposition doesn’t change the meaning of the verb and they are followed by a noun or a gerund (‘ing’ form).

The following is a list of verbs and prepositions which commonly appear together.:

  • accuse someone of something. (NOT for)

She accused me of stealing her money.

  • Agree with somebody/thing

I agree with everything he says.

  • Apologise to someone for something

I would like to apologise to you for my behaviour yesterday.

  • Arrive at or in (NOT to)

What time will you arrive in Glasgow?

What time will you arrive at the airport?

  • belong to somebody

This car belongs to me.

  • borrow something from somebody

Could I borrow some money from you?

  • concentrate on something / doing something

I have to concentrate on English at the weekend.

  • crash into (NOT against)

I crashed into the car in front

  • depend on something / somebody

I am depending on you to give me a lift.

  • die of/from

Many people die of/from cancer.

  • disappointed with someone

I am very disappointed with you.

  • disappointed with/at/in something

I was very disappointed with/at/in your attitude.

  • explain something to someone (NOT explain somebody something)

Can you explain your behaviour to me?

  • insist on (NOT for)

insisted on paying for lunch.

  • interest in (NOT for)

How long have you been interested in economics?

  • laugh at someone

I don’t like people laughing at me.

  • laugh at something

We both laughed about the situation.

  • listen to something / somebody

I listened to the radio.

  • look at (with your eyes)

Don’t look at the sun.

  • look after ( to take care of)

Thanks for looking after the children today.

  • look for ( to search)

Could you help look for my wallet?

  • pay somebody for something.

I paid the mechanic for the repairs.

  • run into = meet

I ran into an old school friend yesterday.

  • smile at

What are you smiling at?

  • speak to/with

The teacher spoke to/with me yesterday.

  • take part in (NOT at or of)

I often take part in demonstrations.

  • think of/about (NOT to)

I often think of/about my homeland.

  • wait for somebody / something

Wait for me!

  • worry about somebody / something

Don’t worry about me. I’ll be okay.