Worksheet Finding correct prepositions and verb patterns

Introduction The dictionary can show you which prepositions to use after certain verbs and adjectives, and also when to use the infinitive or the -ing form of the verb. This worksheet will enable you to become familiar with how to find this information in the dictionary. Activity 1 Look at these examples of how the dictionary tells you which preposition to use after certain verbs and adjectives.
that they got divorced last year.
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Activity 3 Choose the correct preposition from the box and complete each sentence. Use the dictionary to check the prepositions that follow each adjective.
about at for from in of on with

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of other people’s a You should be tolerant _____ ____________________ opinion _____________________________________________ .
b I’ve always been interested _____ _________________ _____________________________________________ . c I’m very fond _____ ____________________________ _____________________________________________ . d My country is famous _____ _____________________ _____________________________________________ . e I’m very good _____ ____________________________ _____________________________________________ . f If you work as a political correspondent, you need to be familiar _____ ______________________________ _____________________________________________ . g I usually feel guilty _____ _______________________ _____________________________________________ .

long4 / lQN / verb [ I ] # to want something very much
= YEARN : long to do sth She longed to see him again. o f I f i id dM i l df h

generous / "dZen@r@s / adj ##

1 giving expectedmore of your time warm and generous usual or people : Merton is clearly a or money than is
person. o +to Billy was very generous to people who had less than he did. o +with Lawyers have been generous with their time and talents. o generous of sb (to do sth) That’s 1 i l

Activity 2 Complete these sentences with the correct prepositions, and guess if you are not certain. Then check your answers in the dictionary.
a The children looked scared: they were clinging ______ to _____ their mother. b Rachel has never worried ___________ finding a job. c She wanted to prevent him ___________ driving her car. d They were always arguing ___________ silly things. e Please put out your cigarette. I object ___________ people smoking in the house. f He succeeded ___________ passing his exams, to my great surprise.

Activity 4 Some verbs are followed by the infinitive form of the verb and some are followed by the -ing form of the verb. The dictionary shows this information in this way:
remember / rI"memb@(r) / verb ###
1 [ I / T ] to have an image in your mind of a person, a
place, or something that happened or was said in the past : I can still remember every word of our conversation. o That was a beautiful summer, as I remember. o remember doing sth She remembers seeing him leave an hour ago. o +(that) I remember that I was really nervous on my first remember that it has been underfunded for over 20 years. 3 [ T ] to do something that you promised to do or that you have to do, and not forget about it : I hope she remembers my book when she comes (=remembers to bring it). o remember to do sth He never remembered to lock the door when he went out.

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Activity 5 Complete these sentences with the infinitive or the -ing form of the verb shown in brackets. Check your answers in the dictionary.
a If there is a mechanical problem, we suggest contacting ________________ (contact) the manufacturer directly. b He’s considering ________________ (buy) a car. c The committee decided unanimously ______________ __ (accept) the offer. d I don’t enjoy ________________ (go) on holiday as much as I used to. e I happened ________________ (meet) an old friend in town. f She closed her eyes and pretended ________________ (be) asleep. g They don’t mind ________________ (go) if no-one else wants to. h I expect ________________ (get) paid on time. i She had just finished ________________ (dress) the children when the phone rang. j I do think you should have offered ________________ (help).

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This page is photocopiable, but all copies must be complete pages. Copyright © Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007.

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