In the English language, there are many verbs that are formed with a preposition after them. Both the correct form of the verb and the preposition after it must be included in order for these verbs to be formed correctly.
The following are common verbs that have the preposition "to" after them Verb + to
Example: Animals can adapt to their surroundings easily
Example: Please don’t add to the confusion by giving me more information.
Example: It’s not always easy to adjust to change.
Example: Mary consented to having her hair cut.
Explain (something) to (someone)
Example: I will explain how to work the remote to you one more time.
Get used to
Example: I know it’s not easy, but you’ll just have to get used to it.
Example: I hope nothing happens to Janet on her trip.
Introduce (someone) to
Example: I would like to introduce you to my boss.
Invite (someone) to
Example: Did you invite Andy to the party?
Example: I love to listen to music.
Look forward to
Example: He told me he was looking forward to working with me.
Example: John prefers to eat fish rather than chicken.
Example: If you have any problems, please refer to the instructions on page 2.
Example: Sometimes I just can’t relate to my teenage daughter.
Example: Everyone needs someone to talk to.
Example: I am prepared to work late tonight so that I can finish my project.
Example: John told me that he never agreed to drive us to the mall.
apologize to (someone)
Example: Don’t ask me to apologize to you because I won’t.
The following verbs are common verbs that have the preposition "for" after them Verb + for
Example: Amy applied for a credit card, but it wasn’t approved.
Example: Mark is always asking for money.
Blame (someone) for (something)
Example: John always blames Tina for forgetting to take out the garbage.
Excuse (someone) for(something)
Example: Please excuse my daughter for not attending school today.
Forgive (someone) for (something)
Example: Will you forgive me for my mistakes?
Have a reason for
Example: Mary must have a good reason for not telling us what happened.
Example: Please listen for the taxi cab for me, and let me know when you hear it.
Example: I looked everywhere for my keys, and I still can’t find them.
Example: Jack is going to pay for our meal.
Example: Are you prepared for your presentation tomorrow?
Example: The single mother had to provide for her children by herself.
Example: I will send for you as soon as I can.
Example: Margarine is a good substitute for real butter.
Thank (someone) for (something)
Example: I would like to thank you for the beautiful flowers.
Example: Jamie is wishing for a pony for her birthday.
Example: I’m tired of working for peanuts.
Example: You have nothing to apologize for; you didn’t do anything wrong.
Example: The man cared for his mother when she was sick.
Look at the following examples of verbs that have "of" after them. Verb + of
Accuse (someone) of (something)
Example: Jan’s husband was accused of stealing from his company.
Example: John doesn't approve of his daughter's new boyfriend.
Example: I wonder what ever became of John?
Example: This ice cream consists of yogurt and milk.
Convince (someone) of (something)
Example: No matter how hard you try, you'll never convince me of that.
Example: Mary’s parents disapprove of her boyfriend.
Get rid of
Example: I’m going to get rid of all the junk in the garage.
Remind (someone) of
Example: Has anyone ever told you that you remind them of Audrey Hepburn?
Suspect (someone) of
Example: Mr. Smith was suspected of killing his wife.
Take care of
Example: We all need someone to take care of us.
Example: I think of you quite often.
Example: I was dreaming of you last night.
Example: She bought a sweater that was made of wool.
The next set of verbs have the preposition "about" after them. Verb + about
Example: Andy always complains about his aches and pains.
Example: Mary wants me to think about going to Hawaii next summer.
Example: The little girl dreams about unicorns.
Example: I just want to forget about it.
Example: I’m happy to hear about your new job.
Example: Would you please stop laughing about that?
Example: We all have a lot to learn about marketing.
Example: We’ll just have to see about that.
Example: It’s not nice to talk about people behind their backs.
Example: Anne’s father warned her about not going out by herself at night.
The following is a list of common verbs that have the preposition "with" after them. Verb + with
Example: Everyone at the meeting agreed with John’s ideas.
Example: I’m tired of arguing with you.
Catch up with
Example: I’ll catch up with you later.
Example: John communicates with his boss remotely every morning.
Example: Sarah doesn’t deal well with her problems.
Get through with
Example: If we can just get through with this meeting, we can go home.
Have patience with
Example: Parents must have great patience with their children. Provide (someone) with Example: Could you provide me with an update by tomorrow?
The following are examples of verbs that have "from" after them. Verb + from
Example: John is expected to recover fully from his injuries.
Stop (someone ) from
Example: I tried to stop him from crossing the street.
Subtract (something) from
Example: If you subtract the cost of the carpets from the total cost, what do you get?
Borrow (something) from
Example: We had to borrow some money from the bank to pay our bills.
Where did that rock come from?
The following verbs have the preposition "on" after them. Verb + on
Example: My husband and I never agree on anything, it seems.
Compliment (someone) on
Example: My daughter doesn’t like it when people compliment heron her beautiful hair.
Congratulate (someone) on
Example: I have to congratulate Tom on his new job the next time I see him.
Example: You shouldn’t rely so much on others.
Spend (something) on
Example: Anne always spends too much money on clothes.
Example: Why do you wait on your husband all the time? He can do things by himself.
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