Prepositions after Particular Words in English

Some words are usually followed by prepositions...


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Some words are usually followed by prepositions…

Prepositions after certain words

  • Accompanied with/by

E.g. I was accompanied with my fiancée to the dinner party.

  • Accused of

E.g.  They stand accused of crimes against humanity.

  • Accustom to

E.g. It took him a while to accustom himself to the idea.

  • Account for

E.g. The poor weather may have accounted for the small crowd.

  • Addicted to

E.g. She had become addicted to tranquillizers.

  • Adept in/at

E.g. He was an adept at concealing the truth.

  • Adhere to

E.g. For ten months he adhered to a strict no-fat low-salt diet.

  • Afraid of

E.g. It’s all over. There’s nothing to be afraid of now.

  • Agree on, to, with

E.g. He agreed with them about the need for change.

  • Angry at, with, about

E.g. He felt angry at the injustice of the situation.

  • Anxious about

E.g. He seemed anxious about the meeting.

  • Apply for, to

E.g. He has applied to join the army.

  • Aware of

E.g. I don’t think people are really aware of just how much it costs.

  • Arrive in

E.g. She’ll arrive in New York at noon.

  • Ashamed of

E.g. She was deeply ashamed of her behaviour at the party

  • Attached to

E.g. I’ve never seen two people so attached to each other.

  • Argue about, with

E.g.  We’re always arguing with each other about money.

  • Averse to

E.g. I mentioned it to Kate and she wasn’t averse to the idea.

  • Beneficial to

E.g. A good diet is beneficial to health.

  • Bad at

E.g. She is so bad at keeping secrets.

  • Base on

E.g. What are you basing this theory on?

  • Belong to

E.g. The islands belong to Spain.

  • Blamed for

E.g. A dropped cigarette is being blamed for the fire

  • Bore with

E.g. Has he been boring you with his stories about his trip?

  • Busy with

E.g.  Kate’s busy with her homework.

  • Capable of

E.g. You are capable of better work than this.

  • Characteristic of

E.g. They suffer from many of the environmental problems that are characteristic of inner-city areas.

  • Compare to, with

E.g. This school compares with the best in the country

  • Confer on, upon, with

E.g. He wanted to confer with his colleagues before reaching a decision.

  • Concern in

E.g. Everyone who was directly concerned in the incident has now resigned.

  • Concerned with

E.g. The book is primarily concerned with Soviet-American relations during the Cold War.

  • Conform to

E.g. He refused to conform to the local customs.

  • Consist in, of

E.g. The beauty of the city consists in its magnificent buildings.

  • Convenient for, to

E.g. The house is very convenient for several schools.

  • Confident of

E.g. I’m 95% confident of success.

  • Concentrate on

E.g. We were told to concentrate on a black dot in the middle of the screen.

  • Congratulate on

E.g. I congratulated them all on their results.

  • Cruel to

E.g. I can’t stand people who are cruel to animals.

  • Correspond to, with

E.g. Your account of events does not correspond with hers.

  • Count on

E.g. I’m counting on you to help me.

  • In danger of

E.g. The building is in danger of collapsing

  • Deal in, with

E.g. The company deals in computer software.

  • Depend on

E.g. He was the sort of person you could depend on.

  • Deprived of

E.g. They were imprisoned and deprived of their basic rights.

  • Desire for

E.g. She felt a surge of love and desire for him.

  • Desirous of

E.g. At that point Franco was desirous of prolonging the war.

  • Devoid of

E.g. The letter was devoid of warmth and feeling.

  • Devoted to

E.g. He devoted a lifetime to working with disabled children.

  • Differ about, from, with

E.g.  French differs from English in this respect.

  • Different from, than

E.g. American English is significantly different from British English.

  • Disagree with

E.g. I disagree strongly with this idea.

  • Disdain for

E.g. Judges sometimes show great disdain for the law.

  • Distaste for

E.g. Joe had a profound distaste for violence.

  • Distinguish from

E.g. What was it that distinguished her from her classmates?

  • Dreamt about

E.g. I had a vivid dream about my old school.

  • Dream of

E.g. She had this romantic dream of living in a windmill.

  • Disappointed with

E.g. I was very disappointed with myself.

  • Empty of

E.g. The room was empty of furniture.

  • Envious of

E.g. They were envious of his success.

  • Expert in/at

E.g. He’s an expert at getting his own way.

  • Expose to

E.g.  He did not want to expose his fears and insecurity to anyone.

  • Excited about

E.g. The children were excited about opening their presents.

  • Foreign to

E.g. Dishonesty is foreign to his nature.

  • Familiar to

E.g. The name sounded vaguely familiar to her.

  • Famous for

E.g. He became internationally famous for his novels.

  • Fed up

E.g. People are fed up with all these traffic jams.

  • Fond of

E.g. Over the years, I have grown quite fond ofher.

  • Good at

E.g. Nick has always been good at finding cheap flights.

  • Grateful to

E.g. I am extremely grateful to all the teachers for their help.

  • Harmful to

E.g. Fruit juices can be harmful to children’s teeth.

  • Hear about

E.g. I was sorry to hear about your accident.

  • Hear of

E.g. I’ve never heard of the place.

  • Identical with

E.g.  The number on the card should be identical with the one on the chequebook.

  • Infer from

E.g. Much of the meaning must be inferred from the context.

  • In/with regard to

E.g. The company’s position with regard to overtime is made clear in their contracts.

  • Independent of

E.g. The police force should be independent of direct government control.

  • Infer from

E.g. Much of the meaning must be inferred from the context.

  • Inseparable from

E.g. Our economic fortunes are inseparable from those of Europe.

  • Interested in

E.g.  I’m very interested in history.

  • Increase by

E.g. The budget has increased by more than a third in the last year.

  • Insist on

E.g. She insisted on his/him wearing a suit.

  • Involved in

E.g. How many vehicles were involved in the crash?

  • Jealous of

E.g. They are very jealous of their good reputation

  • Keen on

E.g.  I wasn’t too keen on going to the party.

  • Kind of

E.g. I’ll never have that kind of money

  • Laugh at

E.g. You never laugh at my jokes!

  • Look at

E.g. I haven’t had time to look at the papers yet.

  • Married to

E.g. She’s married to John.

  • Oblivious of

E.g.  He drove off, oblivious of the damage he had caused.

  • Pleased with

E.g.  She was very pleased with her exam results.

  • Polite to

E.g. Please be polite to our guests.

  • Popular among/with

E.g. I’m not very popular with my parents at the moment.

  • Proud of

E.g. He was proud of himself for not giving up.

  • Prevent from

E.g. He is prevented by law from holding a licence.

  • Proficient in

E.g. She’s proficient in several languages.

  • Prohibit from

E.g. Soviet citizens were prohibited from travelling abroad.

  • Prone to

E.g. Working without a break makes you more prone to error.

  • Protest against

E.g. The workers staged a protest against the proposed changes in their contracts.

  • Reason with

E.g. I tried to reason with him, but he wouldn’t listen.

  • Recover from

E.g. He’s still recovering from his operation.

  • Sensitive to

E.g. She is very sensitive to other people’s feelings.

  • Separate from

E.g. Raw meat must be kept separate from cooked meat.

  • Short of

E.g. She is not short of excuses when things go wrong.

  • Similar to

E.g.  My teaching style is similar to that of most other teachers.

  • Speak to, with

E.g. This is the third time I’ve had to speak to him about being late.

  • Substitute for

E.g. Paul’s father only saw him as a substitute for his dead brother.

  • Succeed in

E.g. He succeeded in getting a place at art school.

  • Superior to

E.g. This model is technically superior to its competitors.

  • Sympathize with

E.g. I find it very hard to sympathize with him.

  • Sick of

E.g. I’m sick of the way you’ve treated me.

  • Spend on

E.g.  She spent £100 on a new dress.

  • Succeed in

E.g. He succeeded in getting a place at art school.

  • Suitable for

E.g. This programme is not suitable for children.

  • Take care of

E.g. Who’s taking care of the children while you’re away?

  • Think about

E.g. Don’t you ever think about other people?

  • Used to

E.g. I used to live in London.

  • Worry about

E.g. Don’t worry about me. I’ll be all right.

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