Verbs & Prepositions
Some verbs are usually followed by prepositions before the object of the verb. These are called dependent prepositions and they are followed by a noun or a gerund (‘ing’ form).
- He’s waiting for a bus.
For is the dependent preposition for ‘wait’
We can use other prepositions with ‘wait’ – e.g. He waited at the bus stop – but ‘for’ is the dependent preposition.
Here are some other verbs with their dependent prepositions.
Verbs with ‘for’
- He apologised for being late. You can also ‘apologise to someone’
- I applied for the job but I didn’t get it.
- How do you ask for a coffee in Polish?
- She spent many years caring for her aged parents.
- I can’t go out tonight because I have to prepare for my interview tomorrow.
- This spray should protect you from mosquitoes.
- Has he recovered from his illness yet?
- He won an award because he saved someone from drowning.
- I suffer from hay fever.
- She believes in ghosts.
- Our company specialises in computer software.
- You have to work hard if you want to succeed in life.
- I don’t approve of your language, young man.
- Our dog died of old age.
- This shampoo smells of bananas.
- The film is based on the novel by Boris Pasternak.
- If you make so much noise I can’t concentrate on my work.
- Come on! We’re relying on you!
- We don’t agree on anything but we’re good friends.
- Can I introduce you to my wife?
- Please refer to the notes at the end for more information.
- Nobody responded to my complaint.
- I agree with everything you’ve said.
- My secretary will provide you with more information if you need it.
There are many more verb + dependent preposition combinations – can you think of any?
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