Verb + Preposition Combinations (#2) 12

The materials on this page have been prepared by Kenneth Beare (About.com Guide), put together and moved to English-learners.com by Ehsan Shams.

Verbs + From

The following verbs are commonly used with ‘from’. Each verb + from combination includes an example sentence to provide context.

  • bar someone from (doing) something: Jack has barred Jennifer from visiting his daughter.
  • bar someone from a place : The police barred Peter from the shopping mall.
  • benefit from (doing) something : Students benefit from listening to news reports on the radio.
  • derive something from somethingHe derived the meaning from the context of the sentence.
  • deter someone from (doing) something: Please deter your children from walking across busy avenues.
  • differ from something: Our cheese differs from our competitor’s cheese because of its superior quality.
  • distinguish one thing from another thing : I’m afraid he can’t distinguish a British accent from a Irish accent.
  • distract someone from something: Please distract Tim from the television.
  • exempt someone from (doing) something: The judge exempted the young man from doing extra community service.
  • expel someone from a place: The children were expelled form school for their bad behavior.
  • refrain from (doing) something: Nancy refrains from smoking at work.
  • resign from (doing) something : Jacques resigned from his position.
  • result from (doing) something: The unrest results from our politicians lack of seriousness about the situation.
  • stem from (doing) something: The poor results stem from his lack of experience.
  • suffer from (doing) something: He will suffer from studying too little.

Verbs + In

The following verbs are commonly used with ‘in’. Each verb + about in combination includes an example sentence to provide context.

  • be absorbed in (doing) something :  Peter was absorbed in reading his book.
  • confide in someone : I confided in Tom my desire to find a new job.
  • be engrossed in (doing) something: I surprised Jane who was engrossed in watching TV.
  • implicate someone in (doing) something: The boss implicated Peter in the crime.
  • involve someone in (doing) something : You should involve your children in physical activities.
  • result in something : His decision resulted in increased profits.
  • specialize in (doing) something : My daughter specializes in teaching physics.
  • succeed in (doing) something : Jane succeed in getting a new job.

Verbs + Of

The following verbs are commonly used with ‘of’. Each verb + of combination includes an example sentence to provide context.

  • accuse someone of (doing) something: His mother accused him of eating the entire cake.
  • convict someone of (doing) something: Johnson was convicted of armed robbery.
  • remind someone of (doing) something / someone : Peter reminded me of Tom.
  • suspect someone of (doing) something: The police suspect Agnes of breaking into the bank.

Verbs + On

The following verbs are commonly used with ‘on’. Each verb + on combination includes an example sentence to provide context.

  • be on something / someone : She is on Peter to do his best.
  • base something on something : I base my conclusions on market research.
  • blame something on someone : She blames the lack of interest on the teacher’s poor explanation.
  • concentrate something on (doing) something : They concentrate their efforts on improving the infrastructure.
  • congratulate someone on (doing) something : Tom congratulated Lisa on getting her diploma.
  • decide on something : I’ve decided to get a new job.
  • depend on someone / (doing) something : We depend on our customers’ suggestions.
  • elaborate on (doing) something : Can you elaborate on the process?
  • impose on someone : The mother imposed severe restrictions on her daughter.
  • insist on something / someone doing something : I insist on Peter’s studying every day for two hours.
  • pride oneself on (doing) something : I like to pride myself on my ability to concentrate.

Verbs + To

The following verbs are commonly used with ‘to’. Each verb + to combination includes an example sentence to provide context.

  • answer to someone : I answer to Ms Smith.
  • appeal to someone : Let me appeal to you for your help in this matter.
  • apply oneself to (doing) something : I think you should apply yourself to getting a degree.
  • apply to something : He applied glue to the board.
  • attend to (doing) something : Chris attended to doing the grocery shopping.
  • attribute something to someone : Professor Samson attributes this painting to Leonardo.
  • be resigned to (doing) something : I’m resigned to not having any success in that field.
  • commit oneself to (doing) something : She committed herself to finding a new job.
  • confess to (doing) something : The boy confessed to stealing the apple.
  • devote oneself to (doing) something : I’m going to devote myself to playing the piano after I retire.
  • prefer one thing to another thing : I prefer roast potatoes to French fries.
  • react to something : He reacted poorly to the news.
  • refer to (doing) something : Please refer to your notes.
  • refer someone to someone : I referred Ken to Doctor Jones.
  • resort to (doing) something : Please don’t resort to violence.
  • see to (doing) something : I’ll see to those chores.
  • subject someone to (doing) something : She subjected her daughter to swimming lessons.

Verbs + With

The following verbs are commonly used with ‘with’. Each verb + with combination includes an example sentence to provide context.

  • acquaint someone with something : I acquainted Mary with French cuisine.
  • associate something with (doing) someone : Susan associates chocolate with childhood.
  • be faced with (doing) something : She’s faced with working overtime this weekend.
  • charge someone with (doing) something : The officer charged Mr Smith with blackmail.
  • clutter with something : The room was cluttered with paper.
  • coincide with something : My birthday coincides with a national holiday.
  • collide with something : The car collided with a truck and blocked traffic.
  • comply with something : He complies with each and every order.
  • confront someone with something : I confronted Vivian with the evidence.
  • confuse someone / something with someone / something : I’m afraid I confused you with someone else.
  • cram with something : My closed is crammed with dirty clothes!
  • deal with someone / (doing) something : I can’t deal with so much overtime.
  • discuss something with someone : I’d like to discuss our next conference with the boss.
  • ingratiate oneself with someone : Ingratiate yourself with the headmaster and your life with be easy!
  • meet with something : The congressman met with strong opposition to his plan.
  • pack with something : Peter packed his case with extra brochures.
  • plead with someone : He plead with his teacher to give him one more chance.
  • provide someone with something : The instructor provided the students with a number of examples.
  • tamper with something : Do not tamper with this equipment.
  • trust someone with something : I trust Bob with all of my financial information.

Source:

http://esl.about.com/od/advancedvocabulary/ss/verbplusprep.htm

Verb + Preposition Combinations

By Kenneth Beare, About.com Guide

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