ICSE English Grammar Asides #6 Most commonly used Verbs with Prepositions

Most commonly used Verbs with Prepositions  LogoIcon

Part One

abandoned to
disown, reject
absorbed in
lost in something, immersed in
adapt to
to adjust
adverse to
unfavourable , not in the interest of
afraid of
agree to
agree to (something) We agreed to their proposal.
agree with
agree with (someone) We agreed with them.
  alert to
quick to perceive, wary of

ask for
to enquire
apart from
In addition to, separate
attentive of
giving attention to
aware of
know, to have prior knowledge
back out
withdraw, unable to keep a word
back up
to give support, assist
blind to
Ignorant of. He is blind to his friend’s flaws.
bound for
travelling to.  The ship is bound for Karachi.
bound to
certain to, probable, likely to
break down
out of order The car broke down on the way.
to lose calm. I broke down when I heard the news
break in
To enter forcefully( as in burglary)
to interrupt a conversation
break into
Weep, break into tears
break off
to stop, to discontinue
break out
start suddenly. Cholera broke out in the village. The war broke out.
bring out
to reveal , bring before the public for the first time
bring up
to bring up the children, raise a topic
burn down
burn completely particularly buildings or establishments.
call for
call off
capitalize on
to take advantage of
carry on
carry out
to execute , perform
clear up
to solve a mystery/problem
compare to
comparison between two things
compare with
find similarity or difference from
congratulate on
express congratulation
concentrate on
to fix attention
conducive to
helpful, favourable
confidence in
have confidence in somebody
confine to
contrary to
opposite/ as against something
contribute to
add to
conversant with
Familiar with
convert into
change the form , transform
count on
rely/depend upon
cut down
to reduce
deal in
to do business. My father deals in antiques.
deal with
handles, manages.