Common English Collocations: Verbs + Prepositions

Verbs Followed by Prepositions - Some verbs are usually followed by prepositions before the object of the verb


  • Accuse someone of (doing) something

His mother accused him of eating the entire cake.

  • Agree with (someone)

Matt does not agreewith my answer.

  • Apologize for something / someone

Jackson apologized for his rude behavior.

  • Applogize for

I want to applogize for my mistakes.

  • Believe in (something)

John believes in oat bran.

  • Blame someone for (doing) something

I blame Janet for the broken pottery.

  • Borrow (something) from (someone)

Can I borrow a hammer from you?

  • Care for (doing) something / someone

He doesn't care for playing golf.

  • Complain to (someone)/ about (something)

You are always complaining about me.

  • Compare (something) to/ with (something else)

Let's compare the virtues of savings accounts with investing in bonds.

  • Depend on someone / (doing) something

We depend on our customers' suggestions.

  • Dream about (doing) something

Mark dreams about becoming a ballet dancer.

  • Implicate someone in (doing) something

The boss implicated Peter in the crime.

  • Invite (someone) to (an event)

She invited herself to this affair.

  • Protest against (doing) something

The students are protesting against the invasion.

  • Remind someone of (doing) something / someone

Peter reminded me of Tom.

  • Search for (something)

Detectives carried out a thorough search of the building.

  • Take care of (something/someone)

Who'staking care of the children while you're away?

  • Wait for (someone/something)

Wait for me!

  • Subtract (something) from (something else)

If you subtract 6 from 9, you get 3.

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