1. List of common verbs and the prepositions that normally follow
|account for||agree on||agree with||apply for|
|belong to||take care of||complain to||comply with|
|consist of||depend on||hear about||hear from|
|look at||look for||pay for||rely on|
|talk to||think about||think of||wait for|
After several hours, the committee agreed on a joint statement.
I really like the new design. What do you think of it?
The new building will have to comply with though planning regulation.
2. The following verbs can be followed by an object and a preposition
|ask someone for||blame someone for|
|borrow something from||congratulate someone on|
|divide something into||insure something against|
|invest something in||protect someone from|
|provide something with||spend something on|
|supply someone with||thank someone for|
We spent too much on advertising last year.3. The following verbs are not usually followed by preposition
Could you supply the plant with two tonnes a month.
Management blamed the union for provoking the strike.
I'll phone the committee tomorrow. (NOT: phone to committee)
Do you need visa to enter the EU? (NOT: enter to the EU)
NOTE. In AmE we can say meet with someone.
|1999. Compiled by Yuri Demchenko.||