Common Expressions With Prepositions
It is not easy to figure out which preposition to use after a particular noun, verb or adjective.
Accuse somebody of something
She accused me of reading her letters.
I am afraid of the dark.
Agree with a person, opinion or policy
I don’t agree with your opinion.
Do you agree with the argument that education should be free for all?
Agree about a subject of discussion
My husband and I agree about most things.
Agree on a matter for discussion
Let’s agree on a price.
Why are you angry with me?
I am anxious about his health. (= I am worried about his health.)
We are all anxious for an end to this misunderstanding. (= We are eager to have an end to this misunderstanding.)
I am anxious to find a good job. (= I am eager to find a good job.)
Apologize to somebody for something
I think you should apologize to him.
I must apologize for disturbing you.
Arrive at / in
We will arrive at / in Madrid in the morning.
I am not particularly bad at tennis.
Do you believe in life after death?
Belong in / on
Those glasses belong on the top shelf.
He belongs to a local football club.
She was blue with cold.
She is quite clever at solving puzzles.
I must congratulate you on your promotion.
I must congratulate you for / on winning the first prize.
Depend / dependent on
He is still dependent on his parents.
Die of / from
A lot of people died of flu last year.
He died from his injuries a few days after the accident.
Different from / to / than
This is different from/ to / than this.
I am having difficulty with my travel arrangements.
Disappointed with/at/about something
I am quite disappointed with/about my results.
Disappointed with somebody
My mother said that she was disappointed with me.
We had a discussion about his plans.
The book is divided into 12 chapters.
I often dreamt of becoming a famous writer when I was younger.
She was dressed in white.
We have entered into an agreement with them.
Explain something to somebody
Can you explain this to me?
Fight with, struggle with
He spent his whole life fighting with the government.
The children were frightened of the noise.
Get into a car / get out of a car
When I got into my car I found that my camera had been stolen.
She is quite good at writing.
He has been ill with flu for many days.
Impressed with / by
I am very impressed with your work.
We were impressed by her performance.
We want to see a big increase in productivity.
She wants to be independent of her parents.
India got independence from Britain in 1947.
She insisted on paying for the drinks.
Are you interested in social work?
She was very kind to me.
Lack of time prevented me from finishing the job.
Please do not laugh at the beggar.
Please listen to me.
Why are you looking at me like that?
There was no one to look after the old woman.
I am looking for my keys.
Her marriage to Samuel did not last long.
She has been married to him for over two decades.
She is nice to everyone.
The surgeons operated on him yesterday.
Who will pay for the drinks?
Pleased with / at / about something
I am quite pleased with/at / about my results.
Pleased with somebody
I am quite pleased with myself.
Try to be polite to strangers.
Prevent from + ing
She prevented me from entering her home.
I want proof of your love.
What is the reason for the accident?
She reminds me of my mother.
Who is responsible for cooking dinner?
He was rude to everyone.
I ran into your mother yesterday. (= I met your mother yesterday.)
The police are searching for a bald man in his thirties.
Shocked at / by
I was shocked at / by the news of his death.
Why are you shouting at me?
She didn’t even smile at me when I met her yesterday.
I feel sorry about her.
Sorry for / about something that you have done.
I am sorry for / about disturbing you.
Speak to /speak with
Can I speak with / to you for a moment?
My grandfather suffers from dementia.
Surprised at / by
I was surprised by / at his ignorance.
Think of / about
I am thinking of studying law.
I have also thought about studying philosophy.
The thought of
The thought of failing never entered his head.
Don’t throw stones at the dog.
She tripped over the bag and fell.
What is wrong with you?