AGREE 1. Same opinion Agree with: If she felt he was right, she would agree with him. Agree that: Most people nowadays would agree that a good pub is one of our best traditions. Agree on/about: We don't agree on everything, of course. I quite agree / I couldn’t agree more 2. Say Yes Agree to do sth: No one really knows why he agreed to do the film. Agree to: My sister won't agree to our mother going into a nursing home. 3. Decide together Agree to do sth: We agreed to meet again the following Monday. Agree on: They managed to agree on a date for the wedding. Agree that: It was agreed that elections would be held in May. Agree a price/plan/strategy etc: We agreed a new four-year contract. 4. Be the same Agree with: Your story doesn't agree with what the police have told us.
ACCUSE Accuse sb of (doing) sth: He was accused of murder.
EXPLAIN Explain (to sb) why/what etc: The librarian will explain how to use the catalogue system. Explain that: He explained that it had been a difficult film to make. Explain sth to sb: I explained the situation to my bank manager. Explain yourself: Sorry, I'm not explaining myself very well.
PERSUADE Persuade sb to do sth: I finally managed to persuade her to go out for a drink with me. Persuade sb into doing sth: Don't let yourself be persuaded into buying things you don't want. Try/manage/fail to persuade sb: I'm trying to persuade your dad to buy some shares. Attempt/effort to persuade sb: Leo wouldn't agree, despite our efforts to persuade him. Persuade sb (that): She'll only take me back if I can persuade her that I've changed. Persuade sb of sth: McFadden must persuade the jury of her innocence.
SUGGEST Suggest (that): I suggest you phone before you go round there. Suggest doing sth: Joan suggested asking her father for his opinion. Suggest how/where/what etc: The therapist suggested how Tony could cope with his problems. Can/May I suggest…: May I suggest that you think carefully before rushing into this? Evidence/results/data etc suggest that: The evidence suggests that single fathers are more likely to work than single mothers. Suggest sb/sth for sth: John Roberts has been suggested for the post of manager.
ADMIT 1. Accept truth: Admit (that): You may not like her, but you have to admit that she's good at her job. Admit to sb (that): Paul admitted to me that he sometimes feels jealous of my friendship with Stanley. Admit (to) doing sth: Dana admitted feeling hurt by what I had said. Freely/frankly etc admit: Phillips openly admits to having an alcohol problem. 2. Accept blame: Admit doing sth: Greene admitted causing death by reckless driving. Admit to (doing) sth: A quarter of all workers admit to taking time off when they are not ill. 3. Allow to enter/join: Admit sb to/into sth: Only ticket-holders will be admitted into the stadium.
ADVISE Advise sb to do sth: Evans advised him to leave London. Advise sb against (doing) sth: I'd advise you against saying anything to the press. Advise that: Experts advise that sunscreen be reapplied every one to two hours. Advise caution/patience/restraint etc: The makers advise extreme caution when handling this material. Advise on sth: She's been asked to advise on training the new sales team. Advise sb on sth: He advises us on tax matters. To inform: Advise sb of sth: We'll advise you of any changes in the delivery dates. Advise sb that: They advised him that the tour would proceed.
DECIDE Decide to do sth: Tina's decided to go to Rome for her holidays. Decide (that): It was decided that four hospitals should close. Decide who/what/where etc: People have a right to decide how to spend their own money. Decide between sth: A meeting was called to decide between the three candidates. Decide for yourself: You must decide for yourself. Decide against/in favour of (doing) sth: He eventually decided against telling her. Decide sb to do sth: The look he gave her decided her not to ask. Decide in favour of/against sb: If the Parole Board decides in his favour, the prisoner will be released.
APOLOGISE Apologise to: I think you should apologise to your brother. Apologise for (doing) sth: He later apologised for his behaviour.
DENY 1. Say sth is not true Deny (that): I've never denied that there is a housing problem. Deny doing sth: Two men have denied murdering a woman at a remote picnic spot. Strongly/vehemently etc deny sth: Jackson vehemently denied the allegations. Deny a charge/allegation/claim: The men have denied charges of theft. 2. Not allow Deny sb sth: She could deny her son nothing. Deny sth to sb: This is the only country in Europe to deny cancer screening to its citizens. Deny yourself sth: He denied himself all pleasures and luxuries.
INSIST Insist (that): Mike insisted that he was right. Insist on: She kept insisting on her innocence. Insist on/upon doing sth: He insisted upon checking everything himself.
OFFER Offer sb sth: They offered him a very good job, but he turned it down. Offer sth to sb: The drama school offers places to students who can show talent. Offer to do sth: My dad has offered to pick us up. Offer advice/help/support etc: Your doctor should be able to offer advice on diet. Offer an opportunity/chance/possibility: The course offers the opportunity to specialize in the final year. Have sth to offer (sb): He felt he had nothing to offer her that she wanted. Offer (sb) sth for sth: They've offered us £75,000 for the house.
REFUSE Refuse to do sth: I absolutely refuse to take part in anything illegal. Flatly refuse / refuse point-blank (to do sth): Mom flatly refused to go back into the hospital. Refuse sb sth: She was refused a work permit.
REMIND Remind sb about sth: The girls constantly had to be reminded about their chores. Remind sb to do sth: Remind me to buy some milk tonight. Remind sb (that): Mrs Welland reminded her son that they still had several people to see. Remind yourself: I reminded myself to watch them closely. Remind sb of sth: That song always reminds me of our first date. Remind sb (of) what/how etc: I was reminded how lucky I was.
RECOMMEND Recommend (that): I recommend that you get some professional advice. Recommend doing sth: I would never recommend using a sunbed on a regular basis. Recommend sth to sb: I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in chemistry. Recommend sth for sb/sth: Which type of oil do you recommend for my car? Recommend sb for sth: I have decided to recommend you for the directorship. Highly/thoroughly recommend: The hotel is highly recommended.
WARN Warn sb about sth: Travellers to Africa are being warned about the danger of HIV infection. Warn (sb) of sth: Salmon farmers are warning of the severe crisis facing the industry. Warn sb (not) to do sth: I warned you not to walk home alone. Warn sb (that): We warned them that there was a bull in the field.