English Grammar has a number of verb plus preposition combinations. One type is the phrasal verb. Phrasal verbs such as turn on, back up, & pick up are idiomatic. However, there are other types of verb plus preposition collocations which are not idiomatic; they are just as I like to think of them, “set phrases.” These are set phrases that you simply have to memorize. Today, I am going to show you some of these collocations with example sentences:
agree with [someone]
- I don’t agree with Jim.
agree on [something]
- We can not agree on this contract unless you change the terms.
agree to [verb]
- We agreed to meet again next Tuesday.
apologize for [something]
- I apologized for the mistake.
apologize to [someone]
- I have to apologize to the boss for the trouble.
appeal to [someone]
- We appealed to the CEO, but the company’s decision was final
apply for [something]
- I am going to apply for a truck driver’s license.
approve of [something]
- I do not approve of smoking in this office.
argue with [someone]
- Jack has been arguing with his wife recently.
argue about [something]
- They usually argue about money.
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