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Verbs 2

Agree with or agree on-is this the right preposition?

In English, some verbs are followed by small linking words called prepositions. Common prepositions are: in, at, with, on etc. Each verb can be associated with one or several prepositions. For example: agree (verb) with (preposition). The following example illustrates some of the errors that can occur when prepositions are not correctly used.

 

 
   

Verbs+prepositions

As you learn new verbs, make a note of them with the preposition that follows – or even better, record full example sentences. You may also wish to note when no preposition is needed.

Multi-word verbs

Sometimes, the verb together with words like down, up etc. creates a new word, called a multi-word verb (a verb made up of more than one word), or a phrasal verb. The meaning of a phrasal verb  can be very different from that of the verb on its own. Consider the examples below:

In general, phrasal verbs are to be avoided in academic writing as they are less formal than one-word verbs.

Preposition checklist

Library Resources

Further resources

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

English Page  provides a set of practical activities focused on prepositions, verbs+prepositions and multi-word verbs (phrasal verbs). 

Downloads

To download a PDF version of the Preposition checklist, click on the link below: