Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Advanced II. Verb + prepositions collocations


Verbs followed by "in".

• Absorbed in something (e.g. work, a book)
• Confide in someone
• Be engrossed in something (absorbed in, oblivious of whatever surrounds one)
• Implicate someone in something (incriminate)
• Involve someone in something (engage as a participant)
• Result in something (e.g. The torrential rains resulted in flooding)
• Specialise in something
• Succeed in something (commonly followed by a verb + "-ing")

Verbs followed by "for".

• Account for something (to explain or provide an explanation)
• Allow for something (make provisions for or expect something to happen without too much of a surprise) e.g. "One has to allow for some sacrifices if one wants to succeed."
• Apologise for something or someone (on their behalf).
• Blame someone for something.
• Care for something/someone (find enjoyable or agreeable/have affection for).
• Cater for (attend to the needs of. Eg. “These measures cater for the unemployed.”)
• Charge someone for something
• Count for (I count for nothing to you). Compare “Count on” (“Can I count on you for the trip?”)

Verbs followed by "of"

• Accuse someone of something.
• Convict someone of something (declarar culpable)
• Remind someone of something/someone (he reminded me of the obligation to meet our deadlines/she reminded me of my sister).
• Suspect someone of something

Verbs followed by "with"

• Acquaint somebody with something (to introduce someone to an unfamiliar thing).
• Associate somebody with something (to link sth/sb in ones mind to sth/sb else).
• Charge someone with (to place criminal charges against someone/to order someone a particular task).
• To be cluttered with (to be full of objects in a disorderly fashion).
• Coincide with something (This two colours coincide/my birthday coincides with Thanksgiving day this year).
• Collide with (crash with or bump into).
• Comply with something (conform to or obey guidelines or rules).
• Be concerned with something (to be busy with or slightly worried about).
• Confront someone with something (to face someone with incriminating evidence or criticism.
• Confuse sb/sth with sb/sth.
• Cram with (to be crammed with- to fill exercising pressure/be packed with/crowded with).
• Deal with someone/something (To take action on. To be concerned with. To do business with.). e.g. “We will deal with each problem in turn”. “The book deals with Dutch art” “The company deals with many suppliers.”
• Discuss something with someone-
• Be faced with (to be presented evidence of something. To have to confront : “He was faced with many difficult choices”).
• Ingratiate oneself with someone (to bring oneself into the favour of another).
• Meet with something (encounter, experience).
• Be packed with (be crammed with).
• Plead with someone (appeal or request earnestly: “I pleaded with him to stop”).
• Provide someone with something (e.g. “they provided us with all the necessary information”).
• Tamper with (to interfere with in a harmful manner: “this lock has been tampered with”).
• Trust someone with something (allow someone to deal with or look after something important).

Verbs followed by “from”.

• Bar someone from a place (to forbid someone to go somewhere).
• Benefit from something.
• Derive something from something (to get something from something else “he derives a lot of pleasure from reading”)-
• Deter someone from something (to make someone not want to do something).
• Differ from (be different from).
• Distinguish one thing from another.
• Distract someone from something.
• Exempt someone from something. (“Eximir”)
• Expel someone from a place.
• Refrain from something (usually from doing something: to deliberately not do something.)
• Resign from a job (announce that you are leaving).
• To result from something (be the result of something).
• Stem from something (to originate in or be caused originally by something).
• Suffer from (especially an illness).
• Translate from one language into another (“Translate this from Spanish into English).

Verbs followed by “on”.

• Base sth on sth (e.g.. “He based his conclusions on the evidence”).
• Blame something on someone (She blamed the accident on Jane, who was drunk).
• Be centred on sth (to have that something as the focus of attention).
• Concentrate sth on sth (e.g.” They concentrated their efforts on high-risk, high return areas of business”).
• Decide on something (e.g. “During second grade my father decided on home schooling”)-
• Depend on something.
• Elaborate on something (to explain or talk about it at length or in more depth).
• Impose on someone (to unreasonably expect someone to do something they do not want to do).
• Insist on something/on someone doing something.

Verbs followed by “against”.

• Insure something against something.
• Protest against something.

Verbs followed by “about”.

• Argue about something.
• Be concerned about something (be worried about).
• Boast about something.
• Decide about something.
• Protest about something.

Verbs followed by “out”.

• To phase something out (stop doing/using something gradually, in phases).
• Glance at something (look at very quickly and then look away).
• Guess at something.
• Hint at something (suggest something in an indirect way).
• Marvel at something (express surprise, wonder or admiration)

Verbs followed by “to”.

• Answer to something (especially answer to a description. E.g. “the Japanese never built an aircraft ever answering to this description)
• Appeal to someone (beg)
• It appeals to me (I like the idea).
• Apply oneself to something (concentrate hard on doing something).
• Attend to something said/heard (to pay attention to).
• Attend to something (deal with something).
• Attribute something to someone.
• Commit oneself to something (be committed to, especially. To decide that you definitely want to do something/t promise you will do it).
• Confess to something.
• Devote oneself to something.
• Prefer one thing to another thing.
• React to something.
• Refer to something (mention, talk about).
• Refer to someone (to send something somewhere, e.g. a hospital for treatment).
• Be resigned to doing something
• Resort to something (to have to do something in order to achieve something else, especially when other things failed).
• See to something (make sure it is done)-
• Subject (stress on “-ject”) someone to something (to make someone experience or undergo something).
• Succeed to the throne.
• Be used to doing something.


  1. I will forward the answer key to whoever wants to check their answers to the verb+preposition handout.

  2. I´d like to see the answer key if that´s possible.