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Prepositional idioms


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The use of many prepositions in English is purely idiomatic.
There is no logical that one is wrong and another correct in a given expression. There are no rules for choosing the correct preposition; we must simply learn the idioms.

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Prepositional idioms

  1. 1. Prepositional Idioms The use of many prepositions in English is purely idiomatic. There is no logical that one is wrong and another correct in a given expression. There are no rules for choosing the correct preposition; we must simply learn the idioms.
  2. 2. acced to We cannot acced to the request…
  3. 3. accommodate to Some people find it hard to accommodate to new…
  4. 4. accommodate with We accommodate Peter with a loan of ten dollars.
  5. 5. accompany by The defendant was accompanied by a lawyer. (person)
  6. 6. accompany with The letter was accompanied with a gift. (thing)
  7. 7. accused by She was accused by the plaintiff… (Plaintiff vs. Defendant)
  8. 8. accused of The lawyer was accused of overcharging…
  9. 9. acquiesce in Ariel acquiesced in the decision.
  10. 10. acquit of They were acquited of the crime.
  11. 11. acquit with The police officer acquitted himself with honor.
  12. 12. adapt for The course was adapted for our use.
  13. 13. adapt from The book was adapted from the movie.
  14. 14. adapt to We find it difficult to adapt to new laws.
  15. 15. adequate for Her love was not adequate for his needs.
  16. 16. adequate to His ability was adequate to the job.
  17. 17. advise of The employees were advised of the new regulation.
  18. 18. affix to A stamp was affixed to the letter.
  19. 19. agree in We agree in principle with those who favor the plan.
  20. 20. agree on They cannot agree on a plan of action.
  21. 21. agree to They agree to the compromise.
  22. 22. agree with I agree with the doctor.
  23. 23. agree with I agree with the doctor.
  24. 24. amenable to They were amenable to our argument.
  25. 25. analogous to This situation is analogous to the one we faced last year.
  26. 26. annoy by The clerck was annoyed by the frequent interruptions.
  27. 27. annoy with The teacher was annoyed with the careless student.
  28. 28. apparent in His attitude is apparent in his actions..
  29. 29. apparent to The trouble is apparent to everyone in the office.
  30. 30. append to A rider was appended to the bill.
  31. 31. appreciation for The student had a real appreciation for the arts.
  32. 32. appreciation of She expressed appreciation of their hard work.
  33. 33. appreciative of We are appreciative of their effort.
  34. 34. authority in Dr. X is an authority in her field.
  35. 35. authority on Mr. X is an authority on linear programming.
  36. 36. averse to He was not averse to hard work.
  37. 37. basis in That argument has no basis in fact
  38. 38. coincide with Your wishes coincide with mine in this situation.
  39. 39. commensurate with His salary was commensurate with his abilities.
  40. 40. comply with We must comply with the request. Comply = accordance
  41. 41. concur in We concur in the decision of the survey committee.
  42. 42. conform to All employees must conform to the regulations..
  43. 43. consist of The handbook consist of grammar rules.
  44. 44. consist of The handbook consist of grammar rules.
  45. 45. consistent in We should be consistent in applying thelaw.
  46. 46. consistent with His actions are not consistent with his statements.
  47. 47. correspond to His description of the incident corresponds to what is on tape.
  48. 48. correspond with We have been corresponding with our old Friends abroad.
  49. 49. demand of They had demanded an accounting of the Company fund.
  50. 50. differ from My estimate of the amount due differs from yours.
  51. 51. differ in We differ in our opinión of the matter.
  52. 52. differ on They differ on the amount owed.
  53. 53. differ with They differ with us in the view of the situation.
  54. 54. discrepancy between There is a discrepancy between the 2 accounts. dicrepancy in There is a discrepancy in her account.
  55. 55. displeased at The supervisor was displeased at the employee´s conduct. displeased with The supervisor was displeased with the employee.
  56. 56. eligible for He is eligible for the job. equivalent in The two romos are equivalent in size.
  57. 57. equivalent of This is the equivalent of a full payment equivalent to Each payment is equivalent to a week´s salary.
  58. 58. excepted from He was excepted from further responsibility. excluded from This ítem may have be excluded from gross income.
  59. 59. exempt from This type of income is exempt from tax. expect from What return doyou expect from your investment.
  60. 60. expect of What do you expect of your assistant. familiar to The name is familiar to me.
  61. 61. familiar with He is quite familiar with the proceedings. furnish to Adequate supplies were furnished to them.
  62. 62. furnish with Furnish us with background information on this matter. habit of The student made a habit of waiting until the report was due before beginning to write it.
  63. 63. identical to That case is identical to the one I am working at. identify by The dog was identify by its unusual markings.
  64. 64. identify with He was identified with the opposing members. improvement in The improvement in the weather was a welcome change.
  65. 65. improvement on The second draft was an improvement on the firs. inconsistent in The judge was inconsistent in making the awards.
  66. 66. inconsistent with This is inconsistent with established policy. infer from We infer from this statement that the decision has been made.
  67. 67. influence by We were all influenced by the director´s statements. influence of The influence of French words in the English language has been great.
  68. 68. influence on (upon) The rumor of an organizational change had an influence on (upon) production. influence over The supervisor had a strong influence over his staff.
  69. 69. influence with He referred frequently to his influence with those in authority. inform of Instructiors should keep their students informed of any changes in procedure.
  70. 70. inherent in A capacity for growth is inherent in all people. insert in This phrase should be inserted in the draft.
  71. 71. intercede for My lawyer interceded for me. intercede with The teacher interceded with the review board in my behalf.
  72. 72. irrelevant to The statement is irrelevant to the topic. irrespective of They decided to implement the plan, irrespective of the criticism that might result.
  73. 73. liable for The tenant is liable for damages. liable to The employee is liable to his employer.
  74. 74. necessary to Your help is necessary to the success of the project. necessity for There is no necessity for a reduction in force.
  75. 75. oblivious of (to) The teacher was oblivious of the noise outside the room. pertinent to Your comment is not really pertinent to the discussion.
  76. 76. recompense for We were fully recompensed for the time we spent on the work. reconcile to We have become reconciled to our fate.
  77. 77. reconcile with Our view cannot be reconciled with theirs. similarity in I agree that there is much similarity in their appearance.
  78. 78. similarity of The similarity of the cases caused confusión. similarity to This device shows a similarity to one I have.
  79. 79. talk of The traveler talked long of his experiences. talk to The lecturer talked to a large audience.
  80. 80. talk with The students talked with the instructor. transfer from She has been transfered from her former position.
  81. 81. transfer to They transferred him to another department. unequal in The contestants were unequal in strength.
  82. 82. unequal to He was unequal to the demands placed on him. use for He had no use for the extra table.
  83. 83. use of He made good use of his opportunity. wait at I will wait at the back of the room until the lectura is over.
  84. 84. wait for The children were waiting for their parents to return. wait on (upon) This matter must wait on (upon) my leisure.
  85. 85. Thank you!