Introduction to Nouns/Verbs/Adjectives + Prepositions

In English there are many nouns, verbs and adjectives that are followed by one specific preposition. For the case of verbs + preposition, this is different from phrasal verbs where a verb can be followed by a number of different prepositions or adverbs which may change the original meaning of the verb. Phrasal verbs are discussed on another grammar information page.

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TOEIC grammar - Nouns + Prepositions

Of course, there are more that exist, but if you learn these, that’s a very good beginning!

Words which refer to increases and decreases can be followed by ‘in’ or ‘of’.  ‘In’ refers to something that has gone up or down; ‘of’ refers to a quantity or amount.

  • There has been a large increase in unemployment since the beginning of the crisis.
  • There has been an increase of about 40%.



Here are some example sentences:

  • The new product  fully complies with European safety standards.
  • We do not rely on rail transport, so our delivery will not be affected by the strike.
  • The goods must be paid for no later than 60 days after receipt.
  • She succeeded in passing her TOEIC with flying colors!

Some verbs can be followed by an object and a preposition:

TOEIC Grammar Nous/Verbs/Adjectives + Prepositions

Example sentences:

  • The couple borrowed money from the bank to buy their new house.
  • Don’t forget to thank him for offering to drive you to the airport.
  • She asked him for a raise.

There are also verbs that don’t take prepositions (whereas in French, they do!):

TOEIC Grammar advisory table

Example sentences:

  • I’ll phone the company tomorrow morning.
  • They met to discuss the new smoking ban.
  • She entered the room very quietly.
  • He always asks his boss a lot of questions.
  • His boss always patiently answers him.
  • They told the unions that they wouldn’t sign the agreement.



Example sentences:

  • Let me know if you would be interested in meeting with me. (The preposition ‘in’ is followed by a gerund).
  • He is intent on finding the best deal even if he has to shop around.
  • I’m not aware of anyone who knows how to cook as well as I do.

To remember all these different prepositions you need to memorize and read as much as possible in English. When you notice a verb/noun/adjective + preposition combination, take note of it and add it to your own personal lists.

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