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Use of prepositions after verbs, adjectives & nouns – part 2

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More of verbs requiring using concrete structures:

accuse sb OF My boss accused me of laziness.
beg FOR He begged for forgiveness, but she was unrelenting.
blame sb FOR I don’t blame you for what happened.
compare sth WITH Don’t compare me with Peter. He’s a genius!
concentrate ON Stop singing! I’m trying to concentrate on my I homework! 
congratulate sb ON I congratulated him on passing all his exams.
insist ON She always insists on doing it herself. 
prepare FOR Are you prepared for the worst?
rely ON I can always rely on my husband. 
 search FOR She searched for the missing passport everywhere.
succeed IN He succeeded in making everyone unhappy.
suffer FROM The prisoners were suffering from malnutrition.
suspect sb OF I suspected him of stealing my phone. 


Other adjectives and prepositions used after:

ashamed OF It’s nothing to be ashamed of.
aware OF He wasn’t aware of the problem.
capable OF She’s capable of anything. 
delighted WITH The little girl was delighted with her present. 
fed up WITH I’m fed up with your apologies!
fond OF My brother is very fond of my children. 
frightened OF I was frightened of the dark as a child.
keen ON My parents are very keen on golf. 
nervous ABOUT She was nervous about sitting behind the wheel after the accident.
ready FOR Are you ready for the trip? 
suspicious OF She became very suspicious of men.
tolerant OF Are Europeans tolerant of ethnic minorities?
typical OF  It’s so typical of my sister to spend money and then come to me for a loan. 


Some of the nouns requiring using concrete prepositions as well:

cause OF What was the cause of the explosion? 
demand FOR Is there a demand for photographers in the region? 
increase IN Has there been an increase in volcanic activity in the past years?
invitation TO Thanks for the invitation to your birthday party.
key TO Hard work is the key to success.
reason FOR What are your reasons for buying this model?
solution TO There’s no solution to this problem.


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