* Some verbs do not take an object and are normally followed by a preposition.
* Some verbs take an object followed by a particular preposition.
* Some verbs can take either an object or a preposition.
1 Many verbs that are used without an object are normally followed by a prepositional phrase. Some verbs take a particular preposition:
belong to, consist of, hint at, hope for, insist on, lead to, listen to, pay for, qualify for, refer to, relate to, sympathize with
The land belongs to a rich family.
She then referred to the Minister’s report.
2 With other verbs that are used without an object, the choice of a different preposition may alter the meaning of the clause.
agree on/withapologize for/toresult from/in
appeal for/toconform to/withsuffer from/with
They agreed on a plan of action.
You agreed with me that we should buy a car.
His failure resulted from lack of attention to details.
The match resulted in a draw.
3 With verbs that are used without an object, different prepositions are used to introduce different types of information.
* `about’ indicates the subject matter
We will always care about freedom.
Tonight I’m going to talk about engines.
* `at’ indicates direction
I don’t know why he was laughing at that joke.
`Hey!’ she shouted at him.
* `for’ indicates purpose or reason
He wanted to apologize for being late.
I’m going to wait for the next bus.
* `into’ indicates the object involved in a collision
His car crashed into the wall.
She drove into the back of a lorry.
* `of’ indicates facts or information
I’ve heard of him but I don’t know who he is.
Do you know of the new plans for the sports centre?
* `on’ indicates confidence or certainty
You can count on me.
You can rely on him to be polite.
* `to’ indicates the listener or reader
They complained to me about the noise.
Mary turned her head to speak to him.
* `with’ indicates someone whose opinion is the same or different
Do you agree with me about this?
The daughters sided with their mothers.
4 Some verbs have an object, but are also followed by a preposition.
The police accused him of murder.
They borrowed some money from the bank.
Some verbs can take either an object or a prepositional phrase with no change in meaning.
He had to fight them .
He was fighting against history.