8 Verb and Preposition Combinations

Prepositions are troublesome for a lot of English language students. While there are many uses of prepositions in English, this lesson focuses on verb and preposition combinations. Unlike phrasal verbs, which have an idiomatic usage, the verb and preposition combinations presented here are just collocations. This means that they are, as I like to call them, just “set phrases.” For example, the verb listen generally takes the preposition to, as in “I like to listen to jazz.”  I hope you find this lesson helpful for studying them!

Account for
Grammar Pattern: account for [something]
Preposition Focus: We use for to indicate the purpose of accounting.
Usage: A person can account for money, or other valuable items such as the inventory of a store or warehouse.
Examples:

  • We need to account for all of the money.
  • The boss said that after the trade show, we  were unable to account for all of the laptops.

Accuse of
Grammar Pattern: accuse [someone] of
Preposition Focus: We use of to show the reason of accusing.
Usage: A person can accuse another person of doing something wrong.
Examples:

  • The boss accused Bob of missing the deadline
  • I can’t believe that Danny accused me of being rude in the meeting. I was just trying to answer his question.

Adapt to
Grammar Pattern: adapt to [something]
Preposition Focus:  We use to when we show the object of adapting.
Usage: A person can adapt to a new job, a new home, or a new living place.
Examples:

  • We can adapt this software to any environment.
  • I’m looking forward to my new assignment in New York. I think I can easily adapt to living there.

Add to
Grammar Pattern: add [something] to [something]
Preposition Focus: We use to when we show the object of adding.
Usage: A person can add something to another thing.
Examples:

  • The chef added chili to the curry.
  • Adding this modification to the software will add two weeks to the project.

Adjust to
Grammar Pattern: adjust to [something]
Preposition Focus:  We use to when we show the object of adjusting.
Usage: A person can adjust to a new job, a new home, or a new living place.
Examples:

  • Chris finally adjusted to life in New York.
  • I think it is not going to be easy for everyone to adjust to this new work schedule.

Admire for
Grammar Pattern:  admire [someone] for
Preposition Focus: We use for to indicate the purpose of admiring.
Usage: A person can admire another person for their achievement, or their special ability. Children often admire their parents and/or heroes.
Examples:

  • I admire my grandfather for his hard work.
  • Everyone admires David for his talent.

Admit to
Grammar Pattern: admit [something] to [something]
Preposition Focus: We use to when we show the object of admitting.
Usage: A person can admit to making a mistake, or failing to do something.
Examples:

  • Doug admitted his mistake to the boss.
  • I admitted that I was wrong to Jane. I think she can forgive me.

Agree on
Grammar Pattern: agree on [something]
Preposition Focus: We use on to show the target of agreeing.
Usage: A person can agree  on an idea, a proposal a time schedule, etc.
Examples:

  • We can not agree on this contract unless you change the terms.
  • I agreed on some of the proposed changes in the plan, but not all of them.

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4 Patterns Using Go and Prepositions – English Lesson

4 Patterns Using Go and Prepositions - English Lesson

I went to Zucker’s for a Bagel

I went to the office this morning. Before that, I wanted to get a bagel so I went to Zucker’s Bagel Shop for a bagel. I love their bagels and I always go there for a bagel. It’s hard to get really nice bagels where I live, so I need to go to Manhattan. Some of my friends also go drinking in Manhattan. There are a lot of nice clubs and bars there.

Today, let’s have a look at four different English Grammar patterns using go and different prepositions.

Pattern #1. We use go to + place

  • I went to the office this morning.
  • Jack went to France in 2010.
  • Jen is going to Boston for the weekend.

*Remember, we don’t need to use to when the destination is places like home, there, here, etc:

  • I went home after work. Not, I went to home after work.

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Pattern #2. We use go + gerund (VerbING) + in/at Place. We usually use in + city/town, etc and at + shop name. The go + gerund shows the action that happens in/at the place:

  • I go skiing in Vermont. Not, I go skiing to Vermont. Skiing is the action that happens in Vermont.
  • Bob and his friends went drinking at Rudy’s. Not, I go drinking to Rudy’s.
  • I’ve been shopping at Macy’s so many times.

Pattern #3. We use go + to place + for + noun/gerund. This grammar tells us the reason or purpose of going to the place:

  • I went to Starbucks for coffee.
  • Bob goes to Rudy’s for the beer.
  • We go to Jones Beach for fishing.
  • A lot of people go to Miami for surfing.

Pattern #4. Like Pattern #3, we use go + to place + to verb. This grammar also tells us the reason or purpose of going to the place. There is no difference in meaning between Pattern #3 and #4.

  • I went to Starbucks to buy coffee.
  • Bob goes to Rudy’s to drink beer.
  • We go to Jones Beach to fish for flounder.
  • A lot of people go to Miami to surf in nice waves.

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Agree With, Agree To, Agree On – English Grammar Lesson

Agree With, Agree To, Agree on - Happy English Grammar Lesson

It looks like they agree with his idea.

Do you have a good relationship with your coworkers? If so, I’d guess that you usually agree with them when they have an idea. If you can easily agree on something in the office, it makes your working relationships stronger. Of course it’s not always pleasant. Sometimes you have to agree to do things that you don’t really want to do, or you need to agree with ideas that you don’t really share, but that sort of compromise does keep you and your team working well.

Today, let’s have a look at the various prepositions that collocate with the verb agree.

We use agree with + a person, idea, or situation:

  • I usually agree with my boss.
  • Jack agreed with my idea of revising our catalog.
  • I don’t agree with allowing professional athletes participate in the Olympics.

We use agree to + verb:

  • I never agreed to fix Jim’s computer. He must be mistaken.
  • We agreed to lower the commission rate for just one month for that client.
  • Thanks for agreeing to become a member of this website!

Lastly, we use agree on + an idea or situation. The grammar is agree on + noun / gerund:

  • Can we agree on meeting again next week at the same time?
  • I hope you can agree on the terms of this contract.
  • The CEO finally agreed on the budget for next year.

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