Unit 119. Verb + preposition (1)

Study this list of verbs + preposition:apologize (TO someone) FOR something (see also Unit 57a):
  • When I realized I was wrong, I apologized to him for my mistake.

    apply FOR a job / admission to a university, etc.:

  • I think you’d be good at this job. Why don’t you apply for it?

    believe IN something:

  • Do you believe in God? (= Do you believe that God exists?)
  • I believe in saying what I think. (= I believe that it is a good thing to say what I think.)

    belong TO someone:

  • Who does this coat belong to?

    care ABOUT someone/something (= think someone/something is important):

  • He is very selfish. He doesn’t care about other people.

    care FOR someone/something:

    i) = like something (usually in questions and negative sentences):

  • Would you care for a cup of coffee? (= Would you like … ?)
  • I don’t care for hot weather. (= I don’t like …)

    ii) = look after someone:

  • She is very old. She needs someone to care for her.

    take care OF someone/something (= look after):

  • Have a nice vacation. Take care of yourself!
  • Will you take care of the children while I’m away?

    collide WITH someone/something:

  • There was an accident this morning. A bus collided with a car.

    complain (TO someone) ABOUT someone/something:

  • We complained to the manager of the restaurant about the food.

    concentrate ON something:

  • Don’t look out the window. Concentrate on your work!

    consist OF something:

  • We had an enormous meal. It consisted of seven courses.

    crash/drive/bump/run INTO someone/something:

  • He lost control of the car and crashed into a wall.

    depend ON someone/something:

  • “What time will you arrive?” ”I don’t know. It depends on the traffic.”

    You can leave out on before question words (when/where/how, etc.):

  • “Are you going to buy it?” “It depends (on) how much it is.”

    die OF an illness:

  • “What did he die of?” “A heart attack.”

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