Prepositions after particular words and expressions accuse sb1 of sth2 (not: for) She accused me of poisoning her dog. afraid of (not: by) Are you afraid of spiders? agree with a person, opinion or policy I entirely agree with you. He left the firm because he didn't agree with their sales policy. agree about a subject or discussion We agree about most things. agree on a matter of decision Let's try to agree on a date. agree to a suggestion I'll agree to your suggestion if you lower the price. angry with (sometimes at) a person for doing sth I am angry with her for lying to me. angry about (sometimes at) sth What are you so angry about? anxious about (= worried about) I'm getting anxious about money. anxious for (= eager to have) We are all anxious for an end to this misery. anxious + to + infinitive (= eager, wanting) She's anxious to find a better job. apologise to sb for sth I want to apologise to you for the disturbance. arrive at or in (NOT: to) What time do we arrive at Cardiff? When did you arrive in England? ask for (= ask sb to give sth) Don't ask me for money. Ask for the menu. ask without preposition Don't ask me my name. (NOT: *Don't ask me for my name.) ask without for is sometimes used when talking about asking for sums of money, especially in connection with buying, selling and renting They're asking £500 a month rent. 'How much is the car?' – 'I'm asking fifteen hundred.' note the following expressions: ask a lot of sb; ask too much of s.b.; ask a favour of sb.; ask (for) permission 1 sb: somebody 2 sth: something 2 ask with direct and indirect object ask + direct object3: Ask him. ask + indirect object4: Ask his name. When ask is followed by two objects, the indirect object normally comes first, without a preposition. I'll ask that man4 the time3. ask + to + infinitive I asked to go home. (= I asked permission to go home.) ask + object + infinitive I asked John to go home. (= I told John I would like him to go home.) COMPARE: I asked John if I could go home. ask + for + object + to + infinitive I asked for the children to have extra milk. I asked for the parcel to be sent to my home address. bad at (NOT: in) I'm not bad at tennis. believe [no prepositon] a person or something that is said (= accept as truthful/true) Don't believe her. I don't believe a word she says. believe in God, Father Christmas etc (= believe that sb/sth exists, trust) I half believe in life after death. If you believe in me, I can do anything. belong in/on etc (= go, fit, have its place in/on etc) Those glasses belong on the top shelf. belong to (= be a member of) I belong to a local athletics club. blue with cold, read with anger etc My hands were blue with cold when I got home. care about + object; without preposition before conjunction I don't care about your opinion. (preposition + object) I don't care whether it rains. (no preposition + conjunction) 'I'll never speak to you again. – 'I don't care.' 'Your mother's very upset with you.' – 'I couldn't care less.'/'I don't care at all.' care for (= like, be fond of; (formal or literary:) look after) Would you care for a cup of tea? I don't much care for strawberries. I really care for you, Sandra. He spent years caring for his sick mother. (form/lit) clever at (NOT: in) I'm not very clever at cooking. congratulate/congratulations on sth (US also: for) I must congratulate you on your exam results. Congratulations on your new job! congratulate/congratulations on/for doing sth He congratulated the team on/for having won all their games. 3 direct object = Akkusativobjekt, Wen?/Was? 4 indirect object = Dativobjekt, Wem?
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