Prepositions after Verbs –
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Prepositions after Verbs

Some verbs need a preposition before the object of the verb. Prepositions after verbs are called dependent prepositions and they are followed by a noun or gerund.

Attention! The preposition doesn’t change the meaning of the verb. These verbs with prepositions are not phrasal verbs!

The most usual verbs with prepositions are:

1. Verbs + about:

care about

He really cares about me.

complain about

My mother complained about me to my father.

hear about

Did you hear about Jane’s accident?

know about

What do you know about him?

talk about

What are you guys talking about?

worry about somebody / something

Don’t worry about John! He will be fine.

2. Verbs + at:

arrive at / in somewhere

We arrived at school too early.

We arrived in Paris.

laugh at

She laughed at me when I fell down.

look at something / someone

Look at this flower, it is so beautiful!

have a look at

Let’s have a look at this paper, it seems important.

stare at someone

Stop staring at me!

shout at

Don’t shout at me, I didn’t break anything!

3. Verbs + for:

apologize for

He apologized for what he did yesterday.

apply for

I applied for many jobs but nobody called me.

ask for

I asked for a coffee more than 30 minutes ago and the waiter hasn’t brought it yet.

pay somebody for something

I was so hurried that I left without paying for the meal.

prepare for

I prepared for my interview well enough.

wait for somebody / something

Wait for Tom, please!

4. Verbs + from:

borrow something from somebody

I borrowed money from my roommate.

benefit from

We all benefit from this ancient picture.

come from

I come from Romania.

recover from

Tom recovered from that illness.

suffer from

Many people suffer from depression.

5. Verbs + in:

believe in

I believe in you more than anyone.

engage in

Laura likes to engage in history debates.

live in

I have lived in Bucharest since I started University.

participate in

Did you participate in school activities when you were a child?

succeed in

John succeeded in getting his dream job.

6. Verbs + of:

dream of

I dream of visiting Rome.

take care of

Who will take care of your dog while you are on holiday?

7. Verbs + on:

agree on

We finally agreed on that matter.

concentrate on something / doing something

I couldn’t concentrate on my exam.

decide on

He decided on leaving the town.

depend on

I don’t know if I can pass this exam. It depends on how much I study.

insist on

Please don’t insist on this matter.

8. Verbs + to:

belong to somebody

This bag belongs to Paul.

explain something to somebody

The doctor explained the consequences of smoking to us.

go to

Go to your room, now!

listen to something / somebody

I listened to him carefully.

talk to

Jane talked to her boss for more than an hour.

travel to

I am travelling to New York tomorrow.

9. Verbs + with:

agree / disagree with

I don’t agree with Jamie’s opinion about environment.

Jamie disagrees with my suggestion.

argue with

I argued with my parents because of you.

begin with

Let’s begin with a quiz about daily activities.

compete with

Tim always competes with his classmates.

meet with

I will meet with Eddie tonight.

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