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Prepositions
He reacted angrily to the accusations.

Prepositions

A preposition is a word that is usually used before a noun or pronoun to show the noun's/pronoun's relationship with some other part of the sentence, e.g. 'He fell into the hole'. Here, 'into' is a preposition. Here are some more common prepositions: 'in', 'on', 'behind', 'inside', 'at', 'over', and 'above'.

You probably know a lot more prepositions, but do you know which prepositions specific verbs take? For example, does the verb 'agree' take the preposition 'to', 'on' or 'with'? Well, it takes all three, but which one you use will depend on what you want to say. By the way, the answers represent the most commonly used prepositions.

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1.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
Congratulate
on
about
in
at
For example: 'I congratulated him ON his promotion'
2.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
Insist
for
on
in
about
For example: 'They insist ON doing it now'
3.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
Laugh
ONLY at
ONLY with
at, about, with
ONLY about
For example: They laughed AT his pathetic efforts'; 'They laughed ABOUT what had happened'; 'She laughed WITH joy'
4.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
Participate
in
for
at
about
For example: She participated IN the quiz'
5.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
Acquaint
with
of
to
at
For example: 'Are you acquainted WITH the director?'
6.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
Arrive
ONLY with, at
ONLY with, on
ONLY with, in
in, on, at
For example: 'He arrived IN France last night'; 'The parcel arrived ON Tuesday night'; 'She arrived AT the cinema'
7.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
React
ONLY to
to, against, with
ONLY against
ONLY with
For example: 'He reacted angrily TO the accusations'; 'The acid reacted WITH the lead'; She reacted AGAINST the decision'
8.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
Approve
for
about
in
of
For example: 'I approve OF his methods'
9.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
Involve
into
at
in
about
For example: 'They were involved IN the scandal'
10.
Which preposition(s) can the given verb take? You need only consider the given prepositions.
Succeed
for
in
on
about
For example: 'The rowing team succeeded IN winning the race'
Author:  Frank Evans

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