English Lesson: Verb + Preposition (Apologize & Complain)

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learn-english-free-lesson-apologize-complainLast week the website was down. I hope not too many people were bothered by that. There was some problem at my hosing company. Of course I complained to the hosting company about the situation and they apologized to me for the trouble, but still I don’t know what happened. I hope we don’t have any more technical problems!

Today, let’s continue looking at the verb + preposition combination. Some verbs are always followed by a certain preposition, and this can get confusing. Today we will look at these two verbs: apologize &  complain.  Do you know which prepositions follow these verbs? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check the lesson below:

Use apologize to followed by the person that the apology is directed to:

  • They apologized to me right away.
  • You should apologize to your boss when you are late for work.

Use apologize for followed by reason an apology is given. The structures are apologize + for + something and apologize + for + Verb+ing:

  • They apologized for the downtime of my website.
  • You should apologize for being late to work

Of course, you can use both prepositions in one sentence with apologize:

  • They apologized to me for the downtime of my website.
  • You should apologize to your boss for being late to work.

Use complain to followed by the person or place that the complaint is directed to:

  • I complained to the hosting company.
  • The customer complained to the store manager.

Use complain about followed by reason a complaint is made. The structures are complain + about + something and complain + about + subject + Verb+ing:

  • I complained about the downtime of my website.
  • The boss complained about Mary coming late to work.

Of course, you can use both prepositions in one sentence with complain:

  • I complained to the hosting company about the downtime of my website.
  • The boss complained to Mary about her coming late to work.

Well, thanks for studying today. More in this series of verb + preposition lessons coming soon. What is your request for a one point lesson here?

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