In the last session we have studied the significance of prepositions, various types of prepositions, stock of prepositions and select list of words taking more than one
preposition. In this session let us learn more about them and work out a few examples for practice.
Words Taking More than One Preposition
A: Of (Physical). He is blind of one eye.
B: To (mental). She seems blind to his faults.
A: With (to make correspo-ndence). We can now com-municate instantly with people on the other side of the world.
B: To (to convey). Has the news been communicated to the staff yet?
A: With (similar things). Shakespeare is compared with Kalidasa.
B: To (dissimilar things). Life is compared to a battle.
A: With (person). It’s difficult for a small supermarket to compete with the big supermarkets.
B: For (a thing). The two athletes are competing for the gold medal.
A: To (person). If the service was so bad why didn’t you complain to the manager?
B: Against (a Person). He complained to the Master against Sunder.
C: About (a thing). Lots of people have complained about the noise.
A: On (to give). The President conferred the title of Bharat Ratna on him.
B: With (a person). I should like some time to confer with my lawyer.
A: Of(disease). He died of cancer.
B: From (a cause). He died from hunger.
C: By (sword or violence). He died by a sword.
A: With(person). I beg to differ with you on that point.
B: From (things). His views differ considerably from those of his parents.
A: From(action). He’s been disqualified from driving for a year.
B: For (post or thing). He was disqualified for the post of Police Inspector.
A: With(in case of a person). Two senior officials have been entrusted with organizing the auction.
B: To(in case of thing). I cann-ot entrust my money to him.
A: With(person). He doesn’t like to be too familiar with his staff.
B: To(subject). I am familiar to German language.
A: With (Person). We fought with the English.
B: For(thing). We fought with the English for freedom.
A: To(Person). I am grateful to Ram.
B: For(thing). I’m so grateful (to you) for all that you’ve done.
A: Of(descendant). A son is us-ually the heir of the father.
B: To(thing). The Prince of Wales is the heir apparent to the throne.
A: To (person). I am indebted to my friend.
B: For (thing). I am indebted to my friend for his help.
A: With(person). He was indignant with his friends.
B: A (thing). The teacher was indignant at his carelessness.
A: On (to exist). A man lives on food.
B: By (to depend on, to believe in). For several years she lived by begging.
A: From(persons). To be parted from him even for two days made her sad.
B: With(things). He cannot part with his money.
A: To(person). He was responsible to the boss.
B: For(thing). Last month’s bad weather was respon-sible for the crop failure.
A: Of(experience). Now you will have a taste of new work.
B: For (interest). I have no taste for athletics.
A: Of (mental). I’m so tired of doing the same job, day after day.
B: With (physical). I am tired with working for five hours continuously.
1. Religious leaders should not delve _____ politics.
a) In b) With c) at d) into
2. My voice reverberated _____ the walls of the castle.
a) With b) from c) in d) on
3. She hates being late. She is always _____ time.
a) On b) in c) at d) to
4. How many kilometers are there _____ Paris and London?
a) From b) to c) between d) through
5. It is only _____ you and me. Keep it confidential.
a) At b) in c) among d) between
6. They were _____ themselves with joy when they heard the baby had been born.
a) Beside b) at c) through d) without
7. We did not arrive ___time to say goodbye. They had already left.
a) In b) on c) at d) by
8. He grew up _____ drug addi-cts. No wonder he became one.
a) In b) between c) among d) at
9. Take this medicine and you will get rid _____ the bad cold.
a) From b) over c) at d) of
10. Which of her books have you got, _____ this one?
a) Beside b) without c) apart d) besides
11. Did you come all this way _____ foot?
a) On b) in c) at d) by
12. _____ when have you lived in this town?
a) For b) during c) since d) without
13. I rang him _____ Friday.
a) In b) to c) since d) on
14. I spent a lot of money _____ my holiday.
a) On b) in c) for d) at
15. I paid the phone bill _____ March.
a) On b) in c) at d) behind
1) d 2) b 3) a 4) c 5) d 6) a 7) a 8) c
9) d 10) d 11) a 12) c 13) d 14) a 15) b
STOCK OF PREPOSITIONS
Compatible with Comply with Complain of
Compliment on Compared of Concur in
Condole with Conducive to Confer on
Confirmation of Confirm to Congratulate on
Conscious of Contiguity with Converge on
Convict of Cope with Correspond with
Cost of Credit with Cure of
Deal with Debar from Decide on
Deliberate on Delight in Depart to
Depend on Deprive of Derive from
Derogate from Desist from Despair of
Detrimental to Devoid of Differ from
Difficulty in Different of Disagree with
Disgusted with Discourse with Dispose of
Dissociate from Divest of Divide into
Dressed in Due to
Effort in Election to Embroil in
Emphasis on Employ In Endow with
Enlarge on Engage in Entrust to
Entrust (somebody) with Essential to Expostulate with
Fed up with Fill with (enthusiasm) in (a form)
Fire at (when not hit)/on Focus on Forbid to
Fraught with Fritter in Full of
Give to Glad of Grapple with
Good at Gratitude for Guilty of
Hanker after Hostility to/ in/on hand (in
Identical with Impose on Incur on
Indict for Indifferent to Indulge in
Infatuated with Infect with Infest with
Information on Ingratiate (oneself) with
Inquire into (matter)/ of (person) / about / after (thing) Insensible to
Insist on Interest in Intimate to
Intoxicate with Intrigue with Intrude on
Invest with (power)/ in (bank) Investigation of Involve in
Jealous of Jeer at Jump at
Key of (the doo-r)/ at (a problem) Knock at
Lash at Lay siege to Leave for
Level against Live on Long for
Look at/ to Lure into
Married to Meddle with Meeting for
Neglect of/in Nominated to Noted for
Oblivious of Operate on Opinion on
Overcome with Owing to (not after a noun)
Pay a call on Persevere in Persist in
Plan for Plead for Pleased with
Prefer to Preference for Present with
Prevent from Preventive for Priority to
Probe into Prohibit from Proud of
Provide with Put out/ off
Recoil from Reconcile to Remand to
Remonstrate with Repent of Replete with
Reply to Research on Resolve on/ to
Sail for Satiate with Satisfied with
Sentence to Shoot at Sick of
Side with Sparing of Square with
Stickler for Stricture on Subsist on
Subversive of Succeed in Sue for
Superior to Supply with Sure of
Surprised at Susceptible to Suspect of
Sympathise with Sympathy for
Take up Temper with Taste of/ for
Tear off/ up Testify to Thank for
Throw at Tinker at Tire of
Trace to Trample on Translate into
Unequal to (the task)
Vest with / in View with Vote for (a candidate)
Wait for Ways of Wide of
Wish for Witness of Wonder at
Write in / with