Unit 123. Verb + object + preposition (2)

Study this list of verbs + object + preposition:

prefer someone/something TO someone/something (see also Unit 61):

  • I prefer tea to coffee.

    protect someone/something FROM (or against) someone/something:

  • He put suntan lotion on his body to protect his skin from the sun. (or .. .against the sun.)

    provide someone WITH something:

  • The school provides all its students with books.

    regard someone/something AS something:

  • I’ve always regarded you as one of my best friends.

    remind someone OF someone/something (= cause someone to remember):

  • This house reminds me of the one I lived in when I was a child.
  • Look at this photograph of Carol. Who does she remind you of?

    but: remind someone ABOUT something (= tell someone not to forget):

  • I’m glad you reminded me about the party. I had completely forgotten it.

    For “remind someone to do something” see Unit 53b.

    sentence someone TO (a period of imprisonment):

  • He was found guilty and sentenced to six months in prison.

    spend (money) ON something:

  • How much money do you spend on food each week?

    Note that we usually say “spend (time) doing something”:

  • I spend a lot of time reading.

    throw something AT someone/something (in order to hit them):

  • Someone threw an egg at the mayor while he was speaking.

    but: throw something TO someone (for someone to catch):

  • Ann shouted “Catch!” and threw the keys to me from the window.

    translate (a book, etc.) FROM one language INTO another language:

  • George Orwell’s books have been translated into many languages.

    warn someone ABOUT someone/something (of is also possible sometimes):

  • I knew she was a bit strange before I met her. Tom had warned me about her.
  • Everybody has been warned about the dangers of smoking.

    For “warn someone against doing something” see Unit 57b.
    For “warn someone not to do something” see Unit 53b.

    For verb + object + preposition + -ing see Unit 57b.

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