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