Grammar

Using Verbs With Specific Prepositions

Using Verbs With Specific Prepositions
Using Verbs With Specific Prepositions

Using Verbs With Specific Prepositions

Some verbs are followed by certain preposition. To use them correctly scroll down and learn how to use verbs with specific preposition.

Verb Preposition Example
depend on Improving your English depends on how hard you try.
focus on In order to be able to learn academic English, you must focus on grammar.
rely on My car is too old now. I cannot rely on it anymore.
spend on My car was broken down, so I had to spend a lot of money on it to fix it. She spends a lot of money on me.
advance in If you advance in A lingua System, you will improve your English.
insist in After we had dinner at a restaurant, my friend insisted in paying the bill.
believe in All Muslims believe in the oneness of God. We believe in Quran.
arrive In/at He just arrived in Texas. When did you arrive at Learn ESL?
pay for I mistakenly broke his cellphone, but I had to pay for it.
cook for Who will cook for us? She cooked dinner for the whole family.
wait for Who are you waiting for? Actually, I was waiting for you. 
blame for She blames me for stealing her heart.
struggle for Taliban struggle for establishing the Islamic Emirate again. 
sell for I sold my old car for $2000.
buy for I bought a new lap top for $300.
apologize for She apologized for being late to class.
bring for The students brought a beautiful gift for their teacher.
provide for Jalali is going to provide a new chapter called English Tenses for the students of Learn ESL.
work for Which company do you work for?
pray for People pray for their parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends after they finish the prayer. Pray for me.
fight for I kept fighting for her until I got her. We should always fight for our rights.  
go for He wanted to buy the car. It was too expensive, so he didn`t go for it.
stand for What do the letters IHLP stand for? They stand for Intermediate and High Level Program. 
sacrifice for The friends of God sacrifice their desires for His satisfaction.
forgive for We hope that God will forgive us for our mistakes.
care for I really care for you.
apply for He applied for a job as a finance manager. 
save for Everyone needs to save some money for their future.
speak with Students should speak with their teachers in a polite way.
work with Do you work with Pentagon? I work with Learn ESL as an author.
succeed with I hope you succeed with your studies at SBK University.  
play with Children often play with their toys.
go with Salt doesn`t go with honey. I am too busy now. I can`t go with you.
discuss with I would like to discuss some important issues with you.
talk to He needs to talk to you. Please talk to me in English.
send to I sent a letter to my friend.
teach to I teach grammar to my students in a practical way.
listen to Students should always listen to their teachers carefully.
reply to She hasn`t replied to my email yet.
explain to I explained the past perfect tense to my students.   
respond to Did you respond to his email last night?
pay attention to Students must pay attention to their teacher`s lecture.
point to The tourist guide pointed to a monument while taking the tourists to an ancient city in central Pakistan. 
export to Afghanistan exports rugs and nuts to many countries.
write to I will write an email to her tomorrow night.
go to I always go to my class on time.
show to Would you show your new pictures to me, please?
propose to He proposed to her in front of her sister.
reward to The certificates of appreciation were rewarded to those who got the first position in their classes at Perfect. 
give to That book is mine. Please give it to me.
return to I returned to Australia from the U.S.A. in 2008.
lend to I need your car for a few hours. Would you lend it to me?
get to When I got to the market, I ran into one of my old friends.
object to Many people object to the amount of violence on television.
look at Don`t look at me. Why are you looking at him angrily?
wink at If a girl winks at a boy, in some cultures, it means she wants to know more about him, or they are just joking around.  
laugh at Don`t laugh at him. Don`t laugh at me.
smile at In the United States, it is considered a good behavior to smile at people even if they are strange to you.
wave at Yesterday, I saw a man waving at the bus. She waved at her family when they were leaving. 
Arrive* at When did you arrive at the hospital?
talk about Let`s talk about something interesting. 
think about I am always thinking about the creation of universe.
argue about What are they arguing about?
complain about She always complains about food because she is too picky.
think of At the moment, I am thinking of some new plans.
consist of A lingua System consists of twenty books and chapters. 
escape from Last year, many terrorists escaped from a jail.
import from We import a lot of goods from Australia and UK.  
come from Where did you come from?  
hide from The honest teachers never hide any skills from their students. Why do you always hide your idea from me?
cry after She is crying after her grandmother who passed away last week.
divide into I always divide the students into small groups for conversation.  
translate into Would you translate this essay into Dutch for me, please?
walk by Did you come to hospital by car? No, I waked by foot.

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