Unit 10.2

Prepositional Verbs


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Introduction

Prepositional verbs are the result of the combination of prepositions and verbs in a sentence.

A prepositional verb is every verb followed by a preposition.

Form

Prepositional verbs consist of a verb and a preposition. They always have an object immediately after the preposition and the preposition acts as a connector between the verb and the object (usually a noun or a pronoun) that makes prepositional verbs to be transitive. Prepositional verbs do not take the particle movement rule.

Prepositional phrases have this structure:
… + verb + preposition + object + …

The most commonly used prepositions with verbs are: about, at, for, from, in, of, on, with

Examples of prepositional verbs are: agree with, beg for, believe in, laugh atlisten to, look at, remind of, wait forworry about

Example

  • I completely agree with you. 
  • He begged for a second chance.
  • Despite everything, I still believe in you. 
  • They aren’t laughing at you. 
  • We listen to pop music every day. 
  • They could barely look at him. 
  • She reminds me of my sister.
  • They are waiting for me at the airport.
  • You don’t have to worry about it. 

Use

A prepositional verb as a whole can have a meaning that does not correspond to the two parts separately.

Summary

A prepositional verb is every verb followed by a preposition after which follows a noun or a pronoun.

The most commonly used prepositions with verbs are: about, at, for, from, in, of, on, with

Examples of prepositional verbs are: agree with, believe in, look at, remind of, wait forworry about

For example:
— “He waits for their answer every day.” / He waits their answer every day.” / He waits their answer for every day.”

NOTE: Some adverbs can be used as prepositions too. Mentioned distinction could be found in dictionaries.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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