English Lesson: Verb + Preposition (Remind, Speak, Talk)

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I went to a flea market last week and saw some old toy trains. They reminded me of my childhood. I used to have a set of trains when I was a kid. I remember I loved them! I talked to the man selling the trains about that. He seemed to enjoy speaking with someone about toy trains who is as excited about them as he is. He reminded me of my uncle, who had a set of O-gauge toy trains, the really big kind. I enjoyed talking with him that day!

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 three verbs: remind, speak, and talk.  Do you know which prepositions follow these verbs? Have a look at the paragraph above and then check the lesson below:

The structure for remind is [something/someone] reminds [someone] of [topic]

  • The toy trains reminded me of my childhood.
  • That woman reminds me of my cousin Jane.

The structure for speak is speak to / with [someone] about [topic]. Speak to and speak with are used interchangeably.   

  • He enjoyed speaking to me about the trains
  • I need to speak with you about the meeting on Friday

The structure for talk is talk to / with [someone] about [topic]. Like speak, talk to and talk with are used interchangeably.   

  • He enjoyed talking to me about the trains
  • I need to talk with you about the meeting on Friday

Of course, speak and talk can be followed by for when mentioning the length of time and by on or at when mentioning a specific time:

  • He enjoyed talking to me about the trains for two hours.
  • I spoke to Joe on Monday about his new car.
  • I need to talk with you about the meeting at 3:00.

This lesson reminded me about some other English grammar points…coming soon!

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