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Exercise 1

1. Verbs and prepositions

In English there are certain verbs which are usually followed by a specific preposition which completes the meaning of the verb without altering its original meaning.
Don't shout at me!
What do you think about pollution?

2. Common verbs and prepositions

There is no rule as to which preposition we should use, therefore we must learn the verbs with their corresponding preposition.

  Preposition Examples
AGREE With (someone) I don't agree with you.
On (something) We finally agreed on what to do at the weekend.
ARRIVE At (building, room, event) We arrived at the station on time.
In (city, country) We arrived in London early in the morning.
DREAM About (sleeping) I often dream about snakes.
Of (expectation) I dream of being a millionaire one day.
TALK To (have a conversation) She is talking to her teacher.
About (topic of the conversation) They are talking about clothes.
SHOUT At (because you are angry) He shouted at me for breaking his mobile.
To (to be heard) He shouted to me from the other side of the room.
THINK Of (opinion) What do you think of the new teacher?
About (consider) I'm thinking about building a pool in the garden.
LAUGH At/about (something) He is funny boy. I always laugh at his jokes.
GET MARRIED To I'm getting married to Michel next October.
LOOK At She is looking at some flowers.
INVITE (someone) to (a place) I am going to invite him to my party.
BELIEVE In Do you believe in God?
LISTEN To I usually listen to classical music.
PAY For How much did you pay for this hat?
WRITE To (someone) I'm writing a letter to my family.
WAIT For I'm waiting for my sister.

Remember!

AGREE
Agree with (someone)
Agree on (something)
ARRIVE
Arrive at (building, event)
Arrive in (city country)
DREAM
Dream about (when sleeping)
Dream of (expectation)
SHOUT
Shout at (because you are angry)
 
Shout to (to be heard)
TALK
Talk to (have a conversation)
Talk about (issue of the conversation)
LAUGH
Laugh at/about (something)
THINK
Think of / about (opinion / consider)
GET MARRIED
Get married to (someone)
WAIT
Wait for
LOOK
Look at
INVITE
Invite (someone) to (somewhere)
BELIEVE
Believe in
LISTEN
Listen to
PAY
Pay for
WRITE
Write to (someone)

 

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