Many verbs are followed by prepositions. You’ll need to memorize which prepositions go with which verbs. Many verbs can be matched with more than one preposition.
Depending on the preposition, the meaning often changes.
- The pen fell off the table.
- Leaves fall from the trees in autumn.
- The students fall into three groups.
- She fell apart after the divorce.
In some cases, a verb may require a different preposition depending on the situation. For example, apply has the same meaning in these two cases, but a different preposition is required for each:
- Brandon is applying to 12 colleges. (apply to a college, university)
- Jennifer is applying for a job at the health club. (apply for a job)
Some verbs take no prepositions for some meanings and one or more prepositions for other meanings:
- Jeff followed me home last night. (no preposition)
- I’m not following what you’re saying. (no preposition)
- Please follow up with me tomorrow on our conversation.
Here’s a list of common verb + preposition pairs:
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