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Use of prepositions after verbs & adjectives – part 1

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 This is the most commonly used verbs after the preposition:

apologise FOR I apologised for my rudeness.
apply FOR I applied for the job and got it.
believe IN  Do you believe in ghost?
care FOR  Would you care for a cup of tea?
consist OF  The book consists of 20 chapters.
depend ON My future depends on that company.
die OF She died of tuberculosis
dream ABOUT  Last night I dreamt about a trip to Africa.
dream OF He dreams of living in America.
happen TO  What happened to your old bike?
hear ABOUT Have you heard about their divorce?
laugh AT  Don’t laugh at me. I know I look silly.
listen TO When I arrived she was listening to classical music.
look AT  Look at those clouds! They remind me of sheep.
pay FOR I’ll pay for dinner. 
remind OF He reminds me of his father.
shout AT  Don’t shout at me.
smile AT  She smiled at me and left the room.
spend ON  I spent all my money on CDs. 
think ABOUT What are you thinking about
think OF  What do you think of my haircut? 
throw AT The boy threw the ball at me, but I failed to catch it. 
wait FOR  I’ve been waiting for him all morning.


In English, there is a group of verbs that we use without prepositions.

The most commonly used are:

answer She didn’t answer my question.
discuss  We need to discuss our problems.
enter He entered the building through the main entrance.
leave I left the room as soon as she came in.
call / phone  Ryan phoned me earlier that morning.
reach  We reached Madrid on 7th of July.


These are the most popular prepositions used after adjectives:

 angry WITH (sb) FOR (sth)  I’m angry with you for doing that! 
afraid/scared OF I’m afraid/scared of spiders.
bored/ fed up WITH  I’m fed up/ bored with watc.hingTV all night.
disappointed WITH  His parents were disappointed with him. 
famous FOR  The city is famous for its museums.
full OF  This sentence is full of mistakes. 
 good/bad AT Ken is very good at languages.
interested IN  Are you interested in photography? 
jealous OF  She’s so jealous of her husband that she doesn’t even allow him to meet with his colleagues. 
proud OF She’s very proud of her children. 
responsible FOR  We are all responsible for what happened last night.
shocked AT/ BY I was shocked at the news of her death. 
similar TO  You are very similar in appearance to your mother. 
sorry ABOUT / FOR doing  I’m sorry about the accident.
I’m sorry for breaking your favourite cup.
surprised AT / BY Are you surprised by the news?
tired OF  She was tired of doing the same thing every day.
worried ABOUT  I’m worried about you, Max. You look ill.


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