Depend is an interesting verb in English because it has two very different meanings and uses. For today’s free English Lesson, I’m going to show you some different ways to use this English verb.
First, depend means to rely on someone or something. Depend with this meaning always needs the preposition on (depend on), and an object:
- I depend on my students to do their homework J
- Children depend on their parents for food, shelter, and love.
- The museum depends on donations to continue operating.
- We depend heavily on the internet and technology these days.
Depend also means do be controlled or determined by something. You can use depend this way with the preposition on (depend on), and an object or without an object, but the object should be explained in the conversation:
- Do I like spicy food? Well it depends. If the spice is not too extreme I can eat it.
- I want to go to the beach tomorrow but it depends on the weather.
- Jack said he wants to get a new car, but it really depends on the price.
- I’ll can pick you up at the station, but it depends on the time.
Well, I hope you found this lesson helpful. Now its your turn. How about writing a few sentences using depend in the comment box below? I’ll review them for you!
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