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.