Verbs and prepositions

Verbs and prepositions

Do you know how to use the prepositions for, from, in, of, on, to and with after verbs? Test what you know with interactive exercises and read the explanation to help you.

Look at these examples to see how prepositions are used after verbs.

Can you wait for me to finish my lunch?
I'm relying on my co-worker to answer all my emails while I'm on holiday.
Sun cream protects you from getting burnt.

Try this exercise to test your grammar.

Grammar test 1

Verbs and prepositions: Grammar test 1

Read the explanation to learn more.

Grammar explanation

When a verb is part of a longer sentence, it is often followed by a specific preposition. 

I agree with Mike.
She listens to the radio a lot.
He thanked me for the flowers.

There are no grammatical rules to help you know which preposition is used with which verb, so it's a good idea to try to learn them together. To help you do this, write new vocabulary in your notebook in a sentence or phrase. Here are some common verbs for each preposition.

Verbs with for

They're waiting for a bus.
He apologised for being late. 
I applied for the job but I didn't get it.
How do you ask for a coffee in Polish?
I can't go out tonight because I have to prepare for my interview tomorrow.

Verbs with from

This spray should protect you from mosquitoes.
Has he recovered from the accident yet?
She won an award because she saved someone from drowning.
I suffer from allergies.

Verbs with in

She doesn't believe in coincidences.
Our company specialises in computer software.
You have to work hard if you want to succeed in life.

Verbs with of

I don't approve of hunting animals for their fur.
Our dog died of old age.
This shampoo smells of bananas.

Verbs with on

Their decision will depend on the test results.
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 still good friends.

Verbs with to

What kind of music do you like listening to?
Can I introduce you to my grandfather?
Please refer to the notes at the end for more information.
Nobody responded to my complaint.
She apologised to me the next day.

Verbs with with

I agree with everything you've said.
My assistant will provide you with more information if you need it.
We're finding it difficult to deal with the stress.

Do this exercise to test your grammar again.

Grammar test 2

Verbs and prepositions: Grammar test 2

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Ok, peter Could you please address the second part of the question? That means in the above two structures there is no trick to remember, but it is based on the context and adjective, right.
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Submitted by Peter M. on Thu, 24/06/2021 - 08:01

In reply to by Mussorie


Hello Mussorie,

I'm not sure what you mean by trick to remember here. The two structures express different meanings, so it's a question of what you want to say. There are a number of adjectives which follow a similar pattern:

tired of + -ing vs tired + -ing

interested in + -ing vs interested + -ing

bored of + -ing vs bored + -ing


Your other sentences are incorrect:

This is no need to read and this is of no need to read.


Need is a noun and we would use 'there' as a dummy subject:

There is no need to read this.



The LearnEnglish Team

Could you please explain the situation in which they are used and their meaning in that situation? 1.tired of + -ing vs tired + -ing

Hello again Mussorie,

I explained tired of in my first answer:

We use tired of + an object (which may be a gerund) to describe an emotional state rather than physical exhaustion. It means something like I'm bored of / I'm not interested in continuing / I've lost motivation.

I also explained the use of adjective + -ing, which includes tired + -ing:

We use adjective + -ing form (a participle here, not a gerund) to describe how we feel while we are doing something.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Kristeine on Sat, 05/06/2021 - 17:34

Hello sir, I'm a little confused between know of and know about. Give me some examples Thanks

Hello Kristeine,

Both know of something and know about something can mean that we have heard about it:

I know of this from a friend.

I know about this from a friend.

Know about something can also mean that we have some knowledge on the subject:

I know about this as I studied it at university.


I hope that helps to clarify it for you.



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by Tim on Fri, 16/04/2021 - 06:51

I fail to understand what word is the subject in this sentence Is this the same jacket you gifted me? Since 'Is' is the helping verb here so is 'this' the subject of this sentence? Please help

Hello Tim,

The subject is this.

This is a yes/no question with the verb be, so the subject and verb are inverted. If you make the sentence a statement rather than a question then the subject becomes obvious:

This is the same jacket...



The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by muratt on Wed, 10/03/2021 - 15:52

Good evening. I am a bit confused whether if I can use a noun before the gerund 'taking' in the below example. • I advised him taking the train. • I advised him to take the train. Are the above correct?