Verb + Preposition

While Verb + preposition combinations appear similar to phrasal verbs, the verb and particle in these combinations cannot be separated like phrasal verbs.

  • Phrasal Verb:  Hand your homework in by 4:00.
  • Verb + Preposition: I have to think about what we’re going to do.

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25 most common Verb + Preposition combinations CONVERSATION

  1. deal with
  2. get into
  3. go for
  4. look at
  5. pay for
  6. turn to
  7. get at
  8. get over
  9. go through
  10. look for
  11. stare at
  12. wait for
  13. ask about
  14. ask for
  15. speak of
  16. speak to
  17. talk about
  18. talk to
  19. believe in
  20. know about
  21. look into
  22. think about/of
  23. worry about
  24. look like
  25. listen to

Most common Verb + Preposition combinations ACADEMIC

  1. account for
  2. belong to
  3. contribute to
  4. depend on
  5. lead to
  6. refer to
  7. allow for
  8. consist of
  9. deal with
  10. differ from
  11. occur in
  12. result in

These verb + preposition combinations are commonly used in the passive voice and in academic writing

  1. classified as
  2. defined as
  3. referred to as
  4. considered as
  5. known as
  6. regarded as
  7. found in
  8. involved in
  9. used in
  10. included in
  11. shown in
  12. applied to
  13. confined to
  14. related to
  15. attributed to
  16. linked to
  17. associated with
  18. composed of
  19. required for
  20. based on
  21. derived from
  22. used for

 

Comments
  1. ld says:

    it will be nice to have a brief definition of each verb + preposition

  2. Grat list. I will surely use it this week with my sts Thanks!

  3. Ernesto Robledo Zavala says:

    This is great stuff, thanks a lot

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