Grammar Topic

Dependent Preposition
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In English, there are certain combinations of words and prepositions. They can be combinations of verbs with prepositions, adjectives with prepositions or nouns with prepositions. The preposition appropriate for each combination will be used every time we use the word. Example: I’m afraid of the dark. The adjective afraid is always followed by the preposition of. We can’t use a different preposition to express this idea. Unfortunately, the dependent preposition does not follow a rule. So, in order to know which preposition should be used, English speakers must memorize the combinations. Here is a list of the most common dependent prepositions:
[1] Verb + dependent prepositions accuse s/o of apologise for ask for boast about comment on consent to face up to interfere with/in long for prepare for punish s/o for sentence s/o to talk to s/o about s/th warn s/o about add to apply for attend to borrow s/th from s/o compare with consist of forgive s/o for joke about mistake s/o for present s/o with refer to smile at thank s/o for worry about agree with approve of believe in call for complain about deal with hear of/about laugh at object to prevent s/o from rely on succeed in think of/about aim at/for argue with/about belong to care for concentrate on decide on hope for lend s/th to s/o pay for protest about run for suffer from volunteer to allow for arrest s/o for blame s/o for choose between congratulate on excuse s/o for insist on listen to praise s/o for provide s/o with save s/o from stand for wait for

[ 2 ] Adjectives + dependent prepositions according to ashamed of delighted at/about envious of frightened of interested in opposed to safe from similar to typical of accustomed to astonished at different from excited about friendly with jealous of pleased with satisfied with sorry for/about unaware of afraid of attached to dissatisfied with famous for good at keen on popular with sensitive to(wards) suspicious of used to annoyed with/about/at anxious about aware of crazy about doubtful about enthusiastic about fed up with fond of guilty of incapable of kind to mad at/about proud of puzzled by/about serious about sick of sympathetic to(wards) tired of

[ 3 ] Noun - preposition collocations (take) advantage of attitude towards connection between disadvantage of information about (take no) notice of in practice reduction in room for on suspicion of use of under age on average cruelty towards in doubt (have no) intention of under (no) obligation preference for report on on second thoughts under suspicion on the whole in agreement on behalf of decrease in under guarantee knowledge of in order protection from result of solution to in theory difference between/of all in all attack on comparison between on condition delay in difficulty in/with in (no/a) hurry increase in (keep) in mind need for (take)pleasure in in power reaction to reason for rise in at risk at stake on strike in trouble trouble with under (no) circumstances