Verbs with prepositions in English

Verbs with prepositions in English

The verb, perhaps, can be called one of the basic parts of speech not only in English, but also in any other language. It is he who helps to more specifically express the action or state of a person or object. Verbs can be used both independently and with other parts of speech, which is much more common. So, in addition to the familiar duet subject + predicate, we advise you to turn the verb + preposition to the construction. But here, too, there are surprises. 

verb + preposition 

Many verbs in English require the use of certain prepositions after themselves. We have collected the most common verbs used with the prepositions in question below. 


argue about 

dream about  

think about 

forget about 

know about 

tell about 

complain about 

say about  

talk about 

decide about 

boast about 

sing about 

read about 


Lean against 

Decide against 

Protest against 


Aim at 

Glance at 

Laugh at 

Look at 

Point at 

Arrive at 

Yell at 

Smile at 

Guess at 

Stare at 


Choose between 

Differentiate between 

Stuck between 


Ask for 

Apologise for 

Beg for  

Care for 

Sorry for 

Excuse for 

Forgive for 

Praise for 

Vote for  

Wish for 


Differ from 

Demand from 

Escape from 

Hear from 

Receive from 

Learn from 

Suffer from 

Separate from 

Recover from 


Believe in 

Arrive in 

Succeed in 

Involve in 

Confide in 

Come in 


Consist of 

Beware of 

Dream of 

Think of 

Remind of 

Smell of 

Complain of 


Depend on 

Bet on 

Focus on 

Rely on 

Report on 

Insist on 

Compliment on 

Blame on 

Agree on 


Clash over 


Answer to 

Add to 

Admit to 

Appeal to  

Belong to 

Confess to 

Compare to 

Dedicate to 

Explain to 

Happen to 

Listen to 

React to 

Point to 

Reply to 

Respond to  

Say to 


Agree with 

Argue with 

Begin with 

Communicate with 

Compare with 

Deal with 

Mix with 

Play with 

Disagree with 

Provide with 

Threaten with 


The difference between verbs with prepositions and phrasal verbs 

Unlike the «verb + preposition» construction, phrasal verbs can have a translation that is completely unusual at first glance. A phrasal verb will not always be translated literally, which is why it is called a phrasal verb and stands out in a separate group. Here are some of the simplest examples of phrasal verbs: 

  • Look for 
  • Make up 
  • Go through 

Note that there is no specific rule or scheme for remembering the use of prepositions with verbs. Therefore, we advise you to simply learn them and put them into practice in order to quickly get used to using them.