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  • Words with prepositions

    In this pre-intermediate vocabulary lesson about Words with Prepositions, you will learn about the most common combinations of adjectives/verbs and prepositions. Check the explanation and do the exercises.

    Exercise 1

    Complete the sentences with the correct preposition.

    1 We are very interested modern art.

    2 The children are excited going to the zoo.

    3 The teacher was disappointed the students' exam.

    4 I really need to speak you.

    5 Molly is afraid the dark.

    6 Are you listening me?

    7 Sam looks similar his sister.

    8 We are looking some photos.

    9 Nick is thinking the exam.

    10 Oliver is bad maths.


  • Words with prepositions

    Prepositions typically come before nouns or pronouns, helping to express aspects like time, location, direction, and more within a sentence. In English, sometimes specific words like adjectives or verbs are used with certain prepositions. It’s important to remember these combinations because they help us express ideas more accurately.

    Adjectives + Prepositions

    Some prepositions usually follow particular adjectives. For example, the preposition that we should use after the word good or bad is at: “Tom is good at football.” When you are learning a new word, it’s useful to use an example sentence and learn the preposition that goes with that word along with the word. Let’s explore a few more examples of adjective + preposition:

    • I was surprised at the news.
    • Alice is interested in art.
    • We are excited about our holiday.
    • I was disappointed with our meal.


    Verbs + Prepositions

    Just like with adjectives, there are also certain prepositions that follow certain verbs. For example, we use the preposition in after the verb arrive when we are talking about arriving in a city, town or country: “We arrived in Rome yesterday.” And when we talk about arriving at a specific place, we use the preposition at: “I arrived at the station at noon.” When you’re learning new verbs, it’s a good idea to see how they work with specific prepositions. Using example sentences can help you remember these combinations better. Let’s take a look at some more examples of verb + preposition:

    • I asked the man for directions.
    • They didn’t invite us to the party.
    • I’m waiting for Tom.
    • We spent all the money on a trip.


    Adjective/verb + preposition – Vocabulary chart

    Here’s a vocabulary chart with some of the most common combinations of adjective/verb + prepositions along with sentence examples.
    Infographic featuring most common adjectives and verbs with prepositions.

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