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Prepositions and Nouns

Prepositions and Nouns

Some nouns have to be followed by a preposition in order to show what they relate to. They cannot just stand by themselves. There is usually only one possibility of preposition which must be used after a particular noun. Occasionally alternatives are possible. But in either event it is a matter of learning which prepositions can be used with which nouns.

Here are some of the most common noun plus preposition combinations, but there is space here only for a few of them. If you are in doubt as to which preposition to use, always check with a good dictionary.

Nouns which go with To
access to After the divorce he had access to his children every Sunday.
addiction to Addiction to cigarettes is a major cause of health problems.
answer/response/reply to  The answer to my question was very helpful
contribution to It was his contribution to physics won him the Nobel prize.
damage to The damage caused to his house by the storm was colossal.
dedication to His dedication to his work impressed everyone.
devotion to Her devotion to her husband was amazing.
reaction to Her reaction to the good news was understandable.
solution to There is no solution to this problem.
Nouns which go with For
admiration for I have nothing but admiration for you
credit for The General was given credit for the victory.
cure for There is no known cure for this illness.
demand for The demand for mobile phones cannot be satisfied.
fondness for Her fondness for cream cakes causes her weight problems.
preference for His preference for his mother tongue is very natural.
reason for The reason for me learning English is to help me get a job.
recipe for I have a wonderful recipe for bread.
reputation for He has a reputation for making trouble when he drinks.
talent for He has a talent for playing the piano.
trouble for You will get into trouble for parking there.
Nouns which go with With
dealings with His dealings with the firm are being investigated.
date with  I’ve got a date with Susan on Saturday.
involvement with I have no involvement with my family any more.
meeting with I have a meeting with the bank manager this afternoon.
quarrel with I have no quarrel with his teachers.
sympathy with I have every sympathy with his family. 
Nouns which go with Of
advantage of He took advantage of my inexperience.
disadvantage The disadvantage of coal is the pollution.
fear of I have never flown, I have a fear of flying.
habit of She has a habit of going to the hair dressers every week.
knowledge of His knowledge of the subject is admired by everyone.
memory of The Albert Hall was built in memory of Prince Albert.
Nouns with a choice of Preposition
agreement about/on There was no agreement about/on the subject.
decision on/about There was no decision on/about what to do next
difficulty with I’m having difficulty with my boss.
difficulty in I’m having difficulty in explaining things to my boss
love of/for His love of/for music meant he went to a concert every week