Unit 122. Verb + object + preposition (1)

Study this list of verbs + object + preposition:

accuse someone OF (doing) something (see also Unit 57b):

  • Tom accused Ann of being selfish.
  • Three students were accused of cheating on the exam.

    ask (someone) FOR something:

  • I wrote to the company asking them for more information about the job.

    but: “ask (someone) a question” (no preposition)

    blame someone/something FOR something:

  • Everybody blamed me for the accident.

    or: blame something ON someone/something:

  • Everybody blamed the accident on me.

    We also say: “(someone is) to blame for something”:

  • Everybody said that I was to blame for the accident.

    borrow something FROM someone:

  • I didn’t have any money. I had to borrow some from a friend of mine.

    charge someone WITH (an offense / a crime):

  • Three men have been arrested and charged with robbery.

    congratulate someone ON (doing) something (see also Unit 57b):

  • When I heard that she had passed her exams, I called her to congratulate her on her success.

    divide/cut/split something INTO (two or more parts):

  • The book is divided into three parts.
  • Cut the meat into small pieces before frying it.

    do something ABOUT something (= do something to improve a bad situation):

  • The economic situation is getting worse and worse. The government ought to do something about it.

    explain (a problem / a situation / a word, etc.) TO someone:

  • Can you explain this word to me? (not explain me this word)

    also: “explain (to someone) that/what/how/why…” (note the word order):

  • Let me explain to you what I mean.

    invite someone TO (a party / a wedding, etc.):

  • Have you been invited to any parties recently?

    leave (a place) FOR (another place):

  • I haven’t seen her since she left home for work this morning.

    point/aim something AT someone/something:

  • Don’t point that knife at me! It’s dangerous.
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