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Usage of Prepositions

The usage of some preposition with some words is fixed. Some of them are given below.  Have a look. Hope you all like the post.

Accustomed of
  • He was accustomed of working hard in his youth. (used to)

Accused of
  • The man accused of stealing was sent to jail. (blamed of)
Acquainted with
  • Please introduce him to me if you are acquainted with him. (know)

Afraid of
  •  Don’t get afraid of that dog. It won’t bite. (fear from)

Agree to (idea)
  • The president agreed to the resolution and passed it. (accept)

Agree with (person)
  • If you agree with me please support me. (have same opinion)

According to
  • He was acquitted as he was innocent according to the jury. (in the opinion of)

Adapted to
  • Man easily gets adapted to new environments. (change)

Along with
  • The Prime Minister along with his retinue entered the hall. (together with)

Associated with
  • He had long been associated with the organization before he retired. (worked with)

Averse to
  •  Initially people are averse to accepting their weakness, but with the passage of time they start realizing and correcting themselves. (unwilling to)

Believe in (faith)
  • I believe in God. (have faith in)

Belong to
  • As this country belongs to us, we belong to this country. (have a right over)

Clever at
  • She is clever at painting and playing mu sic, but I am at mu sic. (skilled at)

Congratulate on
  • I congratulated her on her great success. (greeted)

Cure for
  •  As man conquers a disease and find a cure for it, another pops up. (remedy for)

 Depend on
  • High rate of employment depends on growth of economy. (is related with)

Derived from
  • Many English words are derived from Greek and Latin. (came/originate from)

Details of
  • This new book contains de tails of her extensive journey. (description of)

Different from
  • Village life is quite different from city life. (not same)

Divide into
  • The property was divided into two parts and given to the two sons. (break into)

Dream of
  • The henpeck husband could never dream of op pos ing his wife. (think of) Frightened of Those frightened of obstacles never proceed ahead for success. (having fear of)

Famous for
  •  The city of Benaras is famous for its teeming ghats. (known for)

Good at
  • He is quite good at convincing people in his favour. (skilled at)

Ignorant of
  • Being ignorant of the consequences, thenaives easily fall into bad habits. (not knowing)

Increase in
  • There has been a tremendous increase in the multi-nationals in our country. (rise in)

Insist on
  • The shopkeeper could not deny when she insisted on paying later. (said forcefully)

Interested in
  • Work hard if you are interested in your progress. (want to)

Lack of
  • Lack of money brings poverty and lack of knowledge ignorance. (devoid of, not having)

Fond of
  •  The mother was very fond of her youngest child. (loved/liked very much)

Aim at
  • The shooter aimed at the tar get and shot accurately. (fix at the tar get)

Laugh at
  •  Don’t laugh at those who are deprived of God’s blessings. (ridicule, make fun of)

Listen to
  • Hello! Please listen to me. (lend your ear, heed, pay attention to)

Look at
  •  What are you looking at? (see)

Look after
  • The nurse looked after the child better than the mother. (to take care of, to rear)

Look for
  • Have you lost anything? What are you looking for under the table. (to search for)

Look into
  • I have requested the police commissioner to look into the matter of increasing crime in our locality. (investigate, to probe, examine)

Sometimes a word takes a certain preposition after it in one context and a different preposition in another context. Some such words are given as under: 

Abide by a thing.
Abide with a person.

Accuse of crime.
Accused by a person.

Apply to a person 
Apply for a thing.

Appeal to a person.
Appeal against a thing.

Angry with a person.
Angry at a thing.

Annoyed at a thing.
Annoyed with a person.

Apologize to a person.
Apologize for a thing.

Accomplice with a person.
Accomplice   in some crime.

Agree with a person.
Agree to proposal.

Attend to a thing.
Attend upon a person.

Award for a thing.
Award to a person.

Account for a thing.
Account to a person.
Affiliated to a university.
Affiliated  with a party.

Burns into tears/ rage.
Burns upon a country.

Feed on grass.
Feed a cow with grass.

Accommodate oneself to circumstance.
Accommodate a person with lodging or loan.

Ambitious for a thing.
Ambitious of getting fame.

Disgusted at a thing.
Disgusted with a person.

Displeased with a person.
Displeased at a thing.

Die of disease.
Die for country.

Differ from a thing.
Differ with a person.

Enquire of a person.
Enquire into a matter.

Eager for fame.
Eager in the pursuit of knowledge.

Furnish a thing to a person.
Furnish a person with a thing.

Familiar with a thing.
Familiar with a thing.

Good at something.
Good for nothing.

Grateful to a person.
Grateful for a thing.

Involve in a thing.
Involve with a person.

Join with a person.
Join to a thing.

Live on food 

Live with a person.

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