Appropriate Prepositions

  • Abide by – You should abide by the rules of the company.
  • Absent from – He was absent from school for two days.
  • Absorbed in – He is absorbed in studies.
  • According to – According to you he is a coward.
  • Accompanied by-He was accompanied by his father.
  • Acquainted with – I am acquainted with the way he does things.
  • Accused of – He is accused of theft.
  • Accustomed to – I am accustomed to such a living condition.
  • Addicted to – He is addicted to liquor.
  • Adjacent to – His school is adjacent to his house.
  • Affection for – The teacher feels affection for every pupil.
  • Affectionate to – He is really affectionate to me.
  • Afraid of – I am not afraid of ghosts.
  • Agree with (a person), on (a point), to (a proposal) – I agree with you on this point, but I cannot agree to all the proposals.
  • Aim at – He aimed his gun at the bird.
  • Angry with (a person), for (something), at (one’s conduct) – He is angry with me for speaking against him. I am angry at your conduct.
  • Annoyed with a person), for (something) – I am annoyed with him for being late Anxious about, for-I am anxious about your health. He is anxious for getting a job.
  • Apart from-Apart from the prize, he got a certificate.
  • Arrive at – We arrived at the station in time.
  • Argue with (a person), for or against (a thing) – I argued with him for (or against) the point.
  • Ashamed of, for – He is not ashamed of his bad conduct. But I feel ashamed for him.
  • Avail (oneself) of – You must avail yourself of the opportunity
  • Aware of – He is aware of the fact that he will be arrested.
  • Based on – Your remarks are not based on facts.
  • Believe in – I do not believe in his honesty.
  • Belong to – This book belongs to me.
  • Beware of – Beware of pick pockets.
  • Blind to – He is blind to his own faults.
  • Boast of – Do not boast of your wealth.
  • Bound for – This bus is bound for Kumily.
  • Burst out – He burst out laughing at my joke.
  • Busy with – He is busy with his studies.
  • Capable of – He is capable of doing the work alone.
  • Charge (a person) with (a fault), on or against (a person) – The man was charged with theft. Theft was charged on (against) him
  • Close to – The school is very close to my house.
  • Commenton-The President commentedon the issue.
  • Compete with (someone), for (something) – I competed with him for the first prize.
  • Complain to (a person), against (another), about (a thing) – They complained to the Director against the Manager about his behaviour.
  • Congratulate on-Icongratulate you on your success.
  • Conscious of – He is conscious of his weakness.
  • Consist of-The committee consists of five members.
  • Consult with (a person), on or about (a thing) – I consulted with him on/about the matter.
  • Contrary to – His action is contrary to his words.
  • Deal with – He deals with the customers well.
  • Dedicate to – This book is dedicated to my grandfather.
  • Depend on – Success depends on hard work.
  • Deprived of – He was deprived of his property.
  • Desire for – He has no desire for reputation.
  • Despair of – Don’t get despair of success.
  • Devoid of – He seems to be devoid of compassion.
  • Differ with (a person), on (a point), in (opinion) – I differ with you on this point. They differ in their opinions.
  • Disgusted with(aperson), at(athing)-Iam disgusted with him at his conduct.
  • Dislike for – He has dislike for dogs.
  • Distinguish one thing from (another)- Achild cannot distinguish good from evil.
  • Distinguish between – Distinguish between a phrase and a clause.
  • Due to – His absence is due to illness./He is absent due to his illness.
  • Eligible for – He is eligible for the post.
  • Encroach on – Do not encroach on my land
  • End in – All his plans ended in smoke
  • Endowed with – He is endowed with talents
  • Envy of – I have no envy of home.
  • Envious of – I am not envious of his riches.
  • Entitled to – He is entitled to a reward for his honesty.
  • Escape from – The prisoner escaped from the prison.
  • Exempt from – The boy was exempted from paying the fine.
  • Faithful to – The dog is faithful to his master.
  • Famous for – Resul Pookutty is famous for sound engineering
  • Familiar with – He is familiar with the books in the library.
  • (in) favour of – The manager spoke in favour of his employee.
  • Fit for – The employee is not fit for the job.
  • Fond of – Sheela is fond of sweets.
  • Free from – He is now free from danger.
  • Full of – This tank is full of water.
  • Grateful to (a person) for (something) – I am grateful to the doctor for his help.
  • Greed for – He has no greed for making money.
  • Guilty of – He is guilty of murder.
  • Hope for – Let’s hope for the best.
  • Hunger for – He had a great hunger for knowledge.
  • Ignorant of – He is ignorant of the rules in this institution.
  • Ill with – He is ill with fever.
  • Indebted to – Iam indebted to him for his timely help.
  • Indifferent to – His brother is indifferent to his opinions.
  • Indulge in – Do not indulge in other’s business.
  • Inferior to – The labourers were considered inferior to the officer.
  • Insist on – He insisted on my going to hospital.
  • Interfere with (a person), in (a matter) – Do not interfere with me in my business.
  • Involved in – The accused was involved in the plot.
  • Jealous of – 1 am not at all jealous of his fortune.
  • Jump on – The cat jumped on the table.
  • Jump over – He jumped over the fence.
  • Junior to, by – He is junior to me by five years.
  • Justification of/ for — There is no justification of(for) his bad conduct.
  • Kind (noun) of – What kind of material is it?
  • Kind (adj) to-The teacher is very kind to the children.
  • Lack of – I have no lack of money.
  • Laugh at – Do not laugh at the miserable.
  • Limited to – Invitation for the party was limited to members.
  • Listen to – Listen to me.
  • Listen to the news on the radio.
  • Live on (food) – The cow lives on grass.
  • Look at – Look at the Page No. 47.
  • Look after – There is no one to look after her. Look into -1 am looking into the matter seriously.
  • Look over – He is looking over the answer scripts.
  • Long for – He longed for a costly mobile phone.
  • Loyal to – He is loyal to his master.
  • Made of – This bangle is made of gold.
  • Make out – I cannot make out what you say.
  • Marry to – He got married to a rich lady. She was married to a rich man.
  • Need for, of – I have no need for more money. I am in need of money.
  • Obliged to – (a person), for (a thing) – I am obliged to him for his kind help.
  • Open at – Open at Page 20.
  • Opportunity for, of – I have no opportunity for (of) doing the work.
  • Parallel to – MC road is parallel to the highway.
  • Partiality for – He has no partiality for his son and daughter.
  • Pity for – You should have pity for the poor.
  • Plead with (a person), for or against (something) – I am pleased with him. I am pleased at the news.
  • Poor in – He is poor in Mathematics.
  • Prefer (one) to (another) – I prefer coffee to tea.
  • Preside over – The Headmistress presided over the function.
  • Pretend to- I don’t pretend to be an expertise in these matters.
  • Proud of – He is proud of his position.
  • Prior to – Prior to that, he was in a bad condition.
  • Prohibit from – I prohibited him from going there.
  • Proportionate to – The council will be formed with proportionate to the population.
  • Qualified for – The applicant is qualified for the post.
  • Quick at, of – He is quick at figures. He is quick of understanding
  • Quarrel with (a person) for, over (something) – They quarrelled with one another for (over) the property.
  • Refer to – The doctor referred his patient to Medical College.
  • Rejoice at, in – Everyone rejoiced at (in) her success.
  • Relevantto – Your opinion is not relevant to the point.
  • Rely on, upon – You can rely on him./He can be relied upon for help.
  • (With) respect to – We are talking with respect to that matter.
  • Restrict to – Admission to the program is restricted to students.
  • Retire from – He retired from service last month.
  • Satisfied with, of – I am satisfied with him. I am satisfied of the truth.
  • Search for – Their search for the lost thing was of no avail
  • (In) search of – They are in search of a good project.
  • Sensitive to – The girl is sensitive to cold.
  • Senior to – He is senior to me by four years. I am senior to him in service.
  • Send for – Send for a doctor immediately.
  • Sick of, for – I am sick of fever.
  • Similar to – This matter is similar to the other.
  • Stare at – She stared at him for a long time.
  • Stick to – He sticks to his decisions.
  • Subject to – This decision is subject to the approval of the committee.
  • Succeed in – He tries to succeed in his life.
  • Suffer from – He is suffering from illness.
  • Superior to – The headmistress is superior to the teachers.
  • Take after – The boy takes after(resembles) his father.
  • Tired of – I am tired of doing the same work day after day.
  • Think of, about (a person), over (something) – What do you think of (about) him? Think carefully over his advice.
  • True to – He is true to his master.
  • Unite with – Be united with your friends.
  • Useful to (a person), for (some purpose) – This book is useful to us for the examination.
  • Vary from – His opinion varies from his brother’s.
  • Void of – He is void of common sense.
  • Warn of – He warned me of the recent danger.
  • Weak in – He is weak in Mathematics.
  • Weary of – He is weary of hard life.
  • Wish for – I do not wish for name and fame.
  • Wonder at – I wonder at his ignorance.
  • Worthy of – He is worthy of our praise.
  • Yield to – He yielded to his enemy.
  • Zeal for – He has a zeal for social work.
  • Zest for – She has no zest for music

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