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GRAMMAR: Dependent prepositions (Advanced C1)

A preposition is usually a word that expresses the relation between two events, things or people. They can be used to talk about time, space, or other relations.

She is in Tokyo. (place)
She is having lunch at 2 o’clock.
(time)
Paris is the capital of France.
(possession)

However, some verbs which take an object are often followed by a dependent preposition. We need to use this preposition between the verb and the object, and usually, there is no choice about what preposition to use. We need to think of this verb +
preposition combination as one phrase. We need to learn each verb + preposition individually. It is helpful to group verbs according to the preposition they take.

Here’s a list of the most commong verb + dependent prepositions.

Verbs with for

  • Admire for
  • Apologize for
  • Apply for
  • Ask for
  • Blame for
  • Care for
  • Excuse for
  • Head for
  • Long for
  • Pay for
  • Pray for
  • Prepare for
  • Scold for
  • Search for
  • Vote for
  • Wait for
  • Wish for
  • Work for

Verbs with in

  • Absorb in
  • Arrive in
  • Be engrossed in
  • Believe in
  • Confide in
  • Implicate in
  • Involve in
  • Participate in
  • Result in
  • Specialize in
  • Succeed in
  • Trust in

Verbs with on

  • Agree on
  • Base on
  • Be on
  • Blame on
  • Comment on
  • Concentrate on
  • Congratulate on
  • Count on
  • Depend on
  • Elaborate on
  • Impose on
  • Insist on
  • Play on
  • Pride on
  • Rely on
  • Work on

Verbs with to

  • Adapt to
  • Add to
  • Agree to
  • Apologize to
  • Belong to
  • Consent to
  • Devote to
  • Happen to
  • Lead to
  • Listen to
  • Object to
  • React to
  • Refer to
  • Reply to
  • Speak to
  • Talk to
  • Turn to

Verbs with with

  • Acquaint with
  • Agree with
  • Associate with
  • Charge with
  • Clutter with
  • Coincide with
  • Collide with
  • Compare with
  • Comply with
  • Confront with
  • Confuse with
  • Cover with
  • Cram with
  • Deal with
  • Discuss with
  • Help with
  • Tamper with
  • Trust with

Verbs with about

  • Argue about
  • Ask about
  • Be about
  • Boast about
  • Care about
  • Concern about
  • Decide about
  • Dream about
  • Forget about
  • Know about
  • Laugh about
  • Protest about
  • Think about
  • Worry about

Verbs with from

  • Abstain from
  • Borrow from
  • Escape from
  • Graduate from
  • Hide from
  • Infer from
  • Prevent from
  • Prohibit from
  • Protect from
  • Recover from
  • Rescue from
  • Resign from
  • Retire from
  • Save from
  • Separate from
  • Stem from
  • Suffer from

Verbs with at

  • Aim at
  • Arrive at
  • Glance at
  • Guess at
  • Hint at
  • Laugh at
  • Look at
  • Marvel at
  • Peer at
  • Point at
  • Smile at
  • Stare at
  • Wink at

Verbs with up

  • bring up
  • grow up

Examples of sentences in context using verb + dependent prepositions

  • The boys argued about which bus to take.
  • He always cares about me.
  • Don’t forget about the party you promised.
  • The students protested about the invasion.
  • Don’t worry about me. I’ll be all right.
  • base my conclusions on market research.
  • She blames the lack of interest on the teacher’s poor explanation.
  • You can count on me anytime.
  • Can you elaborate on the process?
  • I like to pride myself on my ability to concentrate.
  • She is working on a new novel.
  • She had to apologized to the whole family.
  • I think you should apply yourself to getting a degree.
  • Professor Samson attributes this painting to Leonardo.
  • She committed herself to finding a new job.
  • There is no need for you to consent to anything.
  • Can you explain Andrew to me?
  • Have you been invited to their party?
  • object to your opinion.
  • I want to apologize for my mistakes.
  • I‘m for Mayor Martini.
  • All three are to be congratulated for doing so well.
  • I can’t excuse myself for not doing it.
  • Let me pay for Tom.
  • Rose scolded the child gently for her bad behavior.
  • I can vouch for her ability to work hard.
  • He always agrees with my opinion.
  • These mountains do not compare with the Himalayas.
  • She covered her face with her hands.
  • I’d like to discuss our next conference with the boss.
  • Peter packed his case with extra brochures.
  • We looked around the school and talked with the principal.
  • He derived the meaning from the context of the sentence.
  • Please distract Tim from the television.
  • The children were expelled from school for their bad behavior.
  • She seemed totally absorbed in her book.
  • You should participate in this training course
  • John succeeded in getting a new job.
  • Thank you for your email.
  • I apologise for the delay.
  • I opted for extra English lessons.
  • Meals are included in the price.
  • I don’t believe in lying.
  • I took part in a marathon last year.
  • I look forward to meeting you.
  • I drew on my experiences to write the essay.
  • I was provided with lots of information.
  • She reminded me of my mother.

Exercises using verb + dependent prepositions

August 9, 2019

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