Verbs & Prepositions

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Some verbs are usually followed by prepositions before the object of the verb. these are called dependent prepositions and they are followed by a noun or a gerund (‘ing’ form).

He’s waiting for a bus.
For is the dependent preposition for ‘wait’
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We can use other prepositions with ‘wait’ – e.g. He waited at the bus stop – but ‘for’ is the dependent preposition.
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Here are some other verbs with their dependent prepositions.

Verbs with ‘for’

He apologised for being late. You can also ‘apologise to someone’
I applied for the job but I didn’t get it.
How do you ask for a coffee in Polish?
She spent many years caring for her aged parents.
I can’t go out tonight because I have to prepare for my interview tomorrow.
With ‘from’

This spray should protect you from mosquitoes.
Has he recovered from his illness yet?
He won an award because he saved someone from drowning.
I suffer from hay fever.
With ‘in’

She believes in ghosts.
Our company specialises in computer software.
You have to work hard if you want to succeed in life.
With ‘of’

I don’t approve of your language, young man.
Our dog died of old age.
This shampoo smells of bananas.
With ‘on’

The film is based on the novel by Boris Pasternak.
If you make so much noise I can’t concentrate on my work.
Come on! We’re relying on you!
We don’t agree on anything but we’re good friends.
With ‘to’

Can I introduce you to my wife?
Please refer to the notes at the end for more information.
Nobody responded to my complaint.
With ‘with’

I agree with everything you’ve said.

My secretary will provide you with more information if you need it

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