Hi English learners. Welcome to a new lesson. Today, we are going to look at some commonly used verb + preposition collocations with about, at, by, for, from, in, of, to, with.
Verb + about collocations
It’s no use arguing about that.
He asked me about my plans for the weekend.
A year after the divorce, she didn’t care about him any more.
The customer complained about the soup.
I’m so sorry, I totally forgot about our arrangement.
Have you heard about the earthquake?
What do you know about computers?
We all laughed about the joke.
The writer talked about his new novel.
What do you think about my new dress?
Mildred is worried about her exam.
Verb + AT collocations
She aims at saving £100 every month.
The tourists arrived at the hotel just before noon.
Her son excelled at maths.
Everyone laughed at Michael.
Look at that cat over there!
The teacher pointed at the boy.
She lost her patience and shouted at him.
Sara smiled at us and waved.
Mark stared at me without a word.
Verb + FOR collocations
Everyone admired Brian for his bravery.
You should apologize for what you did.
Mary asked me for help.
A woman in the street begged for money.
My son has never cared for music.
He fought for his country during WW2.
She closed her eyes and hoped for the best.
After a year abroad, they longed for their own home.
How much did you pay for the tickets?
Lucy had two children she had to provide for.
He searched for his phone but he couldn’t find it.
Who are you waiting for?
Simon works for a multinational company.
Verb + FROM collocations
Pauline benefited from her friend’s advice.
I borrowed a book from Jill.
George comes from a small town in Scotland.
The two siblings didn’t differ much from each other.
A man escaped from prison yesterday.
She graduated from college in 2015.
Nigel had fully recovered from his illness.
Mike rescued an old man from drowning in the sea.
A member of the parliament resigned from his position.
She retired from business when she was 55.
They saved some valuable books from the fire.
She was separated from her husband.
Andy suffered from memory loss after the accident.
Verb + IN collocations
The cruiser arrived in the city harbour.
If you want to be successful you have to believe in yourself.
Jade felt she could confide in her friend.
He tried to engage in a discussion at the conference.
We invested some money in the company shares.
He tried to participate in the discussion.
The company’s bad policy resulted in bankruptcy.
Helen specialized in Russian Literature.
He succeeded in repairing his old motorbike.
She absolutely trusted in her husband’s judgment.
Verb + OF collocations
His parents didn’t approve of his decision to study history.
The book consisted of fifteen chapters.
They could only dream of buying a new house.
Have you heard of the accident?
Take care of
Don’t worry about him. He can take care of himself.
Sandra always thought of her mother in that house.
Verb + TO collocations
It took us a while to adapt to our new home.
He found it difficult to admit to himself he was overweight.
Finally, he agreed to sign the contract.
Mira apologized to her date for being late.
The car belongs to Mr Smith from the second floor.
Jenifer refused to consent to her son’s staying out late.
The street led to a big square.
He listened to the music over his earphones.
Most employees objected to the proposal
He was related to a family living on the island.
Sorry I haven’t responded to your email.
Julie spoke to the receptionist.
Can I talk to you about some private matters?
We travelled to Greece by bus.
I believe it’s your turn to buy us a drink.
Verb + WITH collocations
She didn’t agree with him on many things.
Will you stop arguing with your brother?
The book began with a description of the family.
Compared with other children, Tom was quite tall.
Small shops can’t compete with big supermarket chains.
How do you cope with this heat?
I don’t like dealing with customers’ complaints.
The president met with the ambassador of his country.
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