Common Mistakes with Dependent Prepositions
We all want to speak English correctly and naturally. If you still translate your thoughts in your own language word by word into English, there is a high chance you could be building some very common phrases inaccurately.
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Why are dependent prepositions important?
Prepositions are hard to guess in a foreign language. You just have to remember how to use them. In English, some verbs prefer particular prepositions (without any logical connection), and we call them dependent.
Dependent prepositions are the ones which belong to verbs, adjectives, or nouns. They don’t form a new phrase, and they are often not translated into other languages or used differently in them.
For example, do you say
We are arriving in Amsterdam or We are arriving to Amsterdam?
When are you meeting him? or When are you meeting with him?
She asked a coffee or She asked for a coffee?
Can be confusing, right? Don’t jump to making your decision based on how the sentence is said in your own language.
In today’s lesson, I will show you which mistakes to avoid in using dependent prepositions after verbs.
Watch this video about 5 most common mistakes with dependent prepositions
And even more most common mistakes with dependent prepositions
|accuse in||accuse of|
|arrive to||arrive in + cities, countries|
arrive at + all other places
|ask + something||ask for + something|
|belong + somebody||belong to somebody|
|depend of||depend on|
|discuss about||discuss + something|
|divide on||divide into|
|enter to||enter + some place|
|graduate + something / of something||graduate from|
|lack in / of||lack + something|
|laugh on||laugh at|
|listen + something or somebody||listen to|
|live at / study at / work at + city or country||live in / study in / work in + city or country|
|look forward for||look forward to + Ving|
|meet with||meet + somebody|
|spend for||spend on|
spend + Ving
|wait + something or somebody||wait for|
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