Common Combinations With Prepositions

07 Sep

I have given you my sharing resulting from my learning and studying English from  CLIFFS NOTES  and/or Students’ Book by Robert O’Neill/Roy Kingsbury/Tony Yeadon.

Now I am going to provide you with some excerptions from the above mentioned books  about Common Combinations With Prepositions.

Many nouns, verbs and adjectives are generally followed by specific prepositions.  Listed below are some nouns, verbs, and adjectives that USUALLY appear with the accompanying prepositions.

Nouns + Prepositions:

  • equivalent of   —  number of   —   example of
  • quality of          — reason for    —   exception to
  • pair of                — sample of     —    possibility of

These nouns can be followed by either OF or FOR: fear/method/hatred/need/means

Examples of Sentences:

  • The quality of this photograph is not good at all.
  • I saw a sample of her work and was quite impressed.
  • They have yet to discover a new method of/method for analyzing this data.

Verbs + Prepositions:

  • decide on          —   plan on             — depend on
  • detract from    —   engage in         — approve of
  • emerge from   —   pay for              — succeed in
  • participate in  —  escape from    — mingle with
  • confide in         —  remove from   — rely on

Examples of Sentences:

  • Three dangerous criminals escaped from prison yesterday.
  • You can depend on Harry if you want the job done correctly.
  • He is going to participate in the demonstration next week.

NOTE: Do not confuse the TO of an infinitive with TO as a preposition.  Some of these verbs can be followed either by an inifinitive or by a preposition + gerund:

  • We have decided TO stay in the United States for several more weeks. (TO as infinitive).
  • We have decided ON staying in the United States for several more weeks. (Prepositions ON + gerund)

Adjectives + Prepositions:

  • satisfied with           fond of                            amenable to
  • divorced from        isolated from               inferior to
  • guilty of                    afraid of                          similar to
  • interested in           accustomed to            different from

Examples of Sentences:

  • William is quite fond of cooking Oriental food
  • My employer says she is not satisfied with my performance
  • Margaret is afraid of  large dogs
  • I will give you my share if you amenable to my conditions.

NOTE: Watch for prepositions when you read so that you can develop a “feel” for their use.

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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in English Lessons & Exercises


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