English Grammar Lesson – Verb & Preposition Combinations

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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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