Learn common Preposition Collocations in English.
1.”Verb + Preposition” Combinations
1.1. Verb + TO
Example: Little girls like to listen to lullabies at bed time.
Example: You should speak to the boys about their behaviors
Example: Go and apologize your sister for what you said!
Example: This book belongs to me.
Example: What happen to you at the party?
Example: A student who needs money turns to his parents.
Example: Are you talking to me?
Example: She used to be lonely until she found Mr.Right.
1.2. Verb + FOR
Example: hey, slow down & wait for her!
Example: Are you looking for this book?
Example: If you don’t ask for it, you won’t get it.
Example: I am going to apply for a new job today.
Example: Why do you always blame me for everything?
Example: the mother is caring for her sick child.
Example: He longs for the days when he used to have a job.
Example: When shopping, he heads straight for the beer shelf.
1.3. Verb + AT
Example: When she smiles at me, I become dizzy.
Example: Don’t stare at me like that!
Example: Aim at the target if you want to hit it.
Example: Look at me! I’m talking to you!
It is rude to point at people
Why do you laugh at me?
1.4. Verb + FROM
He luckily recovers from a terrible accidence.
If you want to run your own business, you could borrow money from the bank.
Luckily, I escape from a thief.
I’ve just graduated from university this year.
2. “Adjective + Preposition” Combinations
He’s been accused of robbery/murder.
It’ll take time for me to accustom myself to the changes.
A lot of people nowadays have become addicted to the internet.
Are you afraid of the dark?
My dad’s allergic to pop music.
She was amazed at how calm she felt after the accident.
I’m really angry about our losses on the stock market!
- Angry with someone for something
I’m really angry with John for his total lack of responsibility.
He’s annoyed with Tim because he told his secret.
The drought has made farmers anxious about the harvest..
We appreciate the need for immediate action.
I’m not ashamed of what I did.
I don’t want my children associating with drug addicts and alcoholics.
I don’t attach any importance/significance to these rumors.
Were you aware of the risks at the time?
I’m awful at names.
Jack is really bad at keeping his promises.
The film is based on a short story by Thomas Mann.
A stay in the country will be beneficial to his health.
You are blessed with many talents.
You get bored / fed up with doing the same thing every day.
He’s brilliant at football.
The kids are busy with their homework.
You are capable of better work than this.
Be careful with the glasses.
Be careful to look both ways when you cross the road.
He’s in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.
Don’t be careless with your ATM card.
He was quite certain about/of his attacker’s identity.
- Clever at/about/of/for/with
Fiona is very clever at physics.
My mother is very clever with her hands.
How clever of you to buy chocolate chip cookies – they’re my favorites.
The floor was cluttered with my situation
I’m not comfortable with the idea of leaving her on her own.
I don’t feel comfortable in high heels.
Her job is something concerned with computers.
He was connected in some way with that fraud scandal a couple of years back.
First connect the printer to the computer.
She’s very conscious of the problems involved.
Not content with stealing my boyfriend, she has turned all my friends against me.
Our program is coordinated with yours
- Concerned about/for/with/to
I’m a bit concerned about/for your health.
He was concerned to hear that two of his trusted workers were leaving…
Prepositions after certain words