Preposition combinations appear frequently and must be learned "by heart." There is no rule or reason why these words go together…
they just do!
In fact, word collocations and preposition combinations are extremely important at the proficiency level of the English language.
The importance of collocations and combinations at the proficiency level can't be emphasized enough! Learning them will help you in every section of the exam.
The following combinations always appear together.
It's a very good idea to know them. ; - )
Verb - Preposition Combinations
|Agree on (something)||We agree on that issue.|
|Agree with (a person)||I agree with you in that matter.|
|Approve of||Betty approves of exercising.|
|Arrive at OR in|
They arrived in Tokyo last night.
Have you arrived at a decision?
|Complain about||Please do not complain about the color.|
|Consent to||She consented to her daughter’s marriage.|
|Comment on||She commented on his haircut.|
|Consist of||Water consists of hydrogen and oxygen.|
|Depend on||I am depending on you to help me.|
|Laugh at||We laughed at his silly shirt.|
|Object to||Do you object to my smoking?|
|Succeed in||He succeeded in making everyone angry.|
Some verb preposition combinations take two objects.
|Compare… with OR to||Why compare me with ( OR to) my brother?|
|Excuse… for||I cannot excuse you for being late.|
|Prefer… to||She prefers juice to milk.|
|She prefers juice to milk.||She reminded me of my appointment.|
|Thank… for||I thanked him for letting me use his bike.|
Adjective - preposition combinations with verb "be."
Prepositions in fixed phrases.
|Be afraid of||Jake is afraid of dogs.|
|Be accustomed to||I was accustomed to seeing her every day.|
|Be aware of||Are you aware of this problem?|
|Be bored with||George is bored with backgammon.|
|Be certain of||He cannot be certain of the date.|
|Be disappointed with||Susan was disappointed with her meal.|
|Be familiar with||Is Doctor Jones familiar with that new pill?|
|Be famous for||Michigan is famous for its Great Lakes.|
|Be frightened by||Don’t be frightened by the dog, he won’t bite.|
|Be happy with||The Smith’s are very happy with their new car.|
|Be in favor of||Are you in favor of abortion?|
|Be interested in||John is interested in anthropology.|
|Be opposed to||He is really opposed to buying a new car.|
|Be satisfied with||He is not satisfied with his new school.|
|Be surprised at (or) by||I was surprised by his behavior.|
|Be tired of||Luke is tired of working for a living.|
|Be worried about||Mark is very worried about his sick mother.|
Prepositions in fixed phrases.
|According to||According to the news, it will rain tonight.|
|Along with||Can you take this bottle along with these cans, to the recycle bin?|
|As well as||I enjoy physics as well as math.|
|Because of||Because of the strike, there will be no buses today.|
|By means of||The child entered the yard by means of an open gate.|
|By way of||John went to Paris by way of London.|
|In addition to||In addition to studying ballet full-time, Patricia works part-time.|
|In case of||In case of fire, break glass and pull alarm.|
|In consideration of||In consideration of all your hard work I would like to take you to dinner.|
|In contrast to (or) with||In contrast to last summer, this summer is quite cool.|
|In deference to||In deference to her age, we did not argue with her|
|In hopes of||We came here in hopes of meeting the famous musician.|
|In lieu of||He gave an oral report in lieu of the written exam.|
|In pursuit of||The business is in pursuit of excellence.|
|In search of||They went into the cave in search of lost treasure|
|In spite of||In spite of his good intentions, he did not study much or do well on the exam.|
|In the face of||In the face of a severe drought, conservation measures needed to be adopted.|
|In terms of||He was a good teacher in terms of getting his students to pass their exams.|
For a list of common prepositions and some of the most common prepositional phrases click on preposition combinations.
Also, you should go to my other web site called Advanced English Grammar. It has many, many pages of prepositions and their combinations plus free exercises to test and increase your knowledge of English grammar.