Using dependent prepositions in English is easy because we always use the same preposition with the same verb, noun or adjective. This lesson is aimed at people studying B2 level English or above.
The prepositions we use depend on the previous word we have used.
- We leave Perth at 10am and we arrive in Melbourne 4 hours later.
- John had a car accident. He drove into the back of a parked car.
Here the two verb/prepositions combinations are normally used together.
You always arrive in a new city when you travel. We can also say arrive at but the meaning is a little different. We never say arrive to, which is a common mistake English learners make.
It is important to remember the structure as a whole.
These are the other sentences I used in the video. I will put the dependent prepositions in bold.
- Sam is anxious about starting her new job.
- The Prime Minister is opposed to any changes to the constitution.
- My boss takes pleasure in seeing me suffer.
- There has been a rise in violent crime over the last year.
- Hi Jane. Sorry for not calling you yesterday.
- Congratulations on getting your dream job.
- I’m not good with people.
- I can play golf really well but I am not good at tennis.
- The coach is not optimistic about his team’s chances of winning the game.
Please watch the lesson to see some more examples.
Here’s another grammar lesson for you to study.
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