Verb + Preposition

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Verb + Preposition.

Complete the sentence with a preposition:

1. In your opinion, what does happiness depend ______ ?
2. What things do you and your friends find hard to agree _____ ?
3. Who was the last person you shouted _____ ?
4. What do you insist _____ doing before going on holiday?
5. Do you believe ____ paranormal activity or presence, things like ghosts or spirits?

6. If you were in a difficult situation, who would you rely ____ ?
7. Have you ever taken part _____ a marathon?
8. Have you ever had to apologise ____ your behaviour?
9. What aspects of your life would you most like to focus _____ , if you had more time?
10. I find it difficult to concentrate _____ what I’m doing in hot weather – what about you?

11. What kind of life do you hope _____ in 10 or twenty years time?
12. Where do you dream ____ going when you are ironing shirts or on the bus going to work?
13. Would you mind paying ____ my coffee?
14. If you saw your first love in the Street, would you smile ____ him or her?
15. If you could choose your death, what would you like to die ____ ?


NOTE 1: A verb that follows a preposition must be in gerund form, except with ‘to’:

What are you thinking OF calling the baby?
I happen TO know the name of the man who attacked you

NOTE 2: The rule above is suspended for 3-part phrasal verbs with ‘to’:

I look forward to hearing from you.
I can’t get used to waking up early.

NOTE 3: The preposition can depend on the context of the sentence:

He apologised TO me FOR insulting my family.
I applied TO the company FOR the post of Marketing Director.
I wasn’t laughing AT you, I was laughing WITH you!
You remind me OF my brother. Remind me TO introduce you to him.



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