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Verb and Preposition Collocations           
 

 

 

The following is a list of verbs and prepositions which commonly appear together.

 

A

accuse (someone) of ([doing] something)

add (something) to (something else)

admire (someone) for ([doing] something)

agree on (topic)

agree with (someone)

apologize to (someone) for ([doing] something)

apply to (a place) for (something)

approve of (something)

argue with (someone) about (topic)

arrive at (a building, room, site, event)

arrive in (a city, country)

ask (someone) about (someone/topic)

ask (someone) for (something)



B

believe in (something)

belong to (someone)

blame (someone) for ([doing] something)

borrow (something) from (someone)

 



C

care about (someone/something/topic)

comment on (topic)

compare (something) to/with (something else)

complain to (someone) about (something)

concentrate on ([doing] something)

congratulate (someone) for/on ([doing] something)

consist of (some things)

consent to ([doing] something)

contribute to (something)

count on (someone) to (do something)

cover (something) with (something else)



D

decide on (topic)

depend on (someone) for (something)

discuss (something) with (someone)

distinguish (something) from (something else)

dream about/of (someone/something)


 

E

escape from (somewhere)

explain (topic) to (someone)

excuse (someone) for ([doing] something)


 

F

forgive (someone for ([doing] something)


 

G

get rid of (something)

graduate from (a place)


 

H

happen to (someone)

help (someone) with (something)

hide (something) from (someone)


 

I

insist (up)on (something)

introduce (someone) to (someone else)

invite (someone) to (an event)


 

K

keep (something) for (someone)


 

M

matter to (someone)


 

O

object to (something)


 

P

participate in (something)

pay (price) for (something)

plan on ([doing] something)

pray for (someone/something)

prefer (something) to (something else)

prevent (someone) from ([doing] something)

prohibit (someone) from ([doing] something)

protect (someone) from (something)

provide (someone) with (something)

 



R

recover from (something)

rely (up)on (someone/something)

remind (someone) of (something)

rescue (someone) from (something)

respond to (someone/something)


 

S

save (someone) from (something)

search for (something)

separate (something) from (something else)

scold (someone) for ([doing] something)

smile at (someone) for ([doing] something)

speak to/with (someone) about (topic)

stare at (something/someone)

stop (someone) from ([doing] something)

subscribe to (something)

substitute (something) for (something else/someone)

subtract (something) from (something else)

succeed in ([doing] something)

suffer from (something)



 


T

take advantage of (someone/something/ situation)

take care of (something/someone)

talk to/with (someone) about (topic)

thank (someone) for ([doing] something)

travel to (somewhere)

 




V

vote for (someone)

vouch for (someone)


 

 

W

wait for (someone/something)

wish for (something)

work for (company/something/someone)

 

 


 

See also :

Grammar : Preposition Collocations with "Be"

 

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