Business English Grammar Lesson: Verbs Plus Prepositions

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The shipment was approved by our HQ

The shipment was approved by our HQ

There are a number of verbs in English that often go together with prepositions before the object. I like to think of these as “set phrases,” and today I am going to show you some of these phrases. I advise you to memorize them and try to use them in your speaking and writing. Of course, these verbs and prepositions are not only used in a business situation, but for today, the example sentences are typically used in business emails and conversations in English.

  • Please advise us about shipment.
  • We have to apply for an export license for these goods.
  • It has been approved by our customer in Paris.
  • This schedule book belongs to Jack.
  • This box has been combined with three other packages in that container for shipment.
  • The packages consist of auto and truck parts.
  • The customer insisted on receiving the goods tomorrow.
  • You must listen to the instructions carefully.
  • We don’t have to pay for shipping because it is included in the price.
  • I can provide you with the information tomorrow.
  • This invoice refers to shipment #D-2345.

This next set of verbs go together with a few different prepositions, and each preposition has a different usage:

We use agree on + [something], agree with + [someone] and agree to [verb]

  • We must agree on the delivery date.
  • The shipping company agreed to deliver the goods tomorrow.
  • I don’t agree with Jack’s idea.

We use apologize for + [something] and apologize to [someone]

  • I apologize for the problem.
  • I apologized to Jane yesterday.

We use complain to + [someone] and complain about + [something]

  • We complained to the boss about the schedule.

Now, it’s your turn! Try using some of the above verb and preposition sets in an original sentence. Write your sentences in the comment box below!

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