Learn English Vocabulary – PREPARE vs. PREPARE FOR

MIchael Vocabulary

What’s the difference between prepare and prepare for? How does putting the preposition for change the meaning or useage of prepare ? I know that prepositions can be tricky when you are learning English, so hopefully, this grammar lesson about for will help you out.

You prepare something (without for). You can prepare a meal, prepare a dish, or prepare a document in the office. Prepare something means you make or create something.

  • I prepared lunch for everyone! = I cooked lunch for everyone.
  • I have to prepare a report for the meeting. = I have to create the report.
  • Did you prepare these appetizers by yourself? They are so delicious!

On the other hand, you prepare for an event. You can prepare for a trip, prepare for a meeting, prepare for a class, etc. It means you get ready for that event:

  • It took 4 hours to prepare for the party, but I think I am ready for the guests.
  • I have to prepare for my trip tomorrow. I haven’t packed my suitcase yet.
  • The teacher prepared for the class on his laptop in the train!

Keep in mind the best way to remember this or any vocabulary in English is to take the word or phrase write it in a sentence that’s true for you or true in your world and then memorize your sentences.

You can even take your sentences and write them in the comments below. I would love to see your examples. And if you really want help with vocabulary, sign up for my free vocabulary workshop (see below).

If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!
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