Verbs followed by prepositions are a common feature of the English language, and they are essential for expressing various ideas and concepts accurately and effectively. These combinations of verbs and prepositions are called “verb-preposition collocations” and they are used to indicate the relationship between the verb and the object or noun that follows it. Some common verb-preposition collocations include “depend on,” “believe in,” “look for,” “wait for,” and “apologize for.” In this article, we learn some of the most common verb-preposition collocations and provide examples of how they are used in context.
Verbs Followed by Prepositions
- Accuse someone of (doing) something
E.g. His mother accused him of eating the entire cake.
- Agree with (someone)
E.g. Matt does not agree with my answer.
- Apologize for something/ someone
E.g. Jackson apologized for his rude behavior.
- Applogize for
E.g. I want to applogize for my mistakes.
- Believe in (something)
E.g. John believes in oat bran.
- Blame someone for (doing) something
E.g. I blame Janet for the broken pottery.
- Borrow (something) from (someone)
E.g. Can I borrow a hammer from you?
- Care for (doing) something / someone
E.g. He doesn’t care for playing golf.
- Complain to (someone)/ about (something)
E.g. You are always complaining about me.
- Compare (something) to/ with (something else)
E.g. Let’s compare the virtues of savings accounts with investing in bonds.
- Depend on someone / (doing) something
E.g. We depend on our customers’ suggestions.
- Dream about (doing) something
E.g. Mark dreams about becoming a ballet dancer.
- Implicate someone in (doing) something
E.g. The boss implicated Peter in the crime.
- Invite (someone) to (an event)
E.g. She invited herself to this affair.
- Protest against (doing) something
E.g. The students are protesting against the invasion.
- Remind someone of (doing) something / someone
E.g. Peter reminded me of Tom.
- Search for (something)
E.g. Detectives carried out a thorough search of the building.
- Take care of (something/someone)
E.g. Who’staking care of the children while you’re away?
- Wait for (someone/something)
Wait for me!
- Subtract (something) from (something else)
E.g. If you subtract 6 from 9, you get 3.