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:
He really cares about me.
My mother complained about me to my father.
Did you hear about Jane’s accident?
What do you know about him?
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.
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!
Don’t shout at me, I didn’t break anything!
3. Verbs + for:
He apologized for what he did yesterday.
I applied for many jobs but nobody called me.
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.
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.
We all benefit from this ancient picture.
I come from Romania.
Tom recovered from that illness.
Many people suffer from depression.
5. Verbs + in:
I believe in you more than anyone.
Laura likes to engage in history debates.
I have lived in Bucharest since I started University.
Did you participate in school activities when you were a child?
John succeeded in getting his dream job.
6. Verbs + of:
I dream of visiting Rome.
take care of
Who will take care of your dog while you are on holiday?
7. Verbs + on:
We finally agreed on that matter.
concentrate on something / doing something
I couldn’t concentrate on my exam.
He decided on leaving the town.
I don’t know if I can pass this exam. It depends on how much I study.
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 your room, now!
listen to something / somebody
I listened to him carefully.
Jane talked to her boss for more than an hour.
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.
I argued with my parents because of you.
Let’s begin with a quiz about daily activities.
Tim always competes with his classmates.
I will meet with Eddie tonight.