Verbs and Prepositions

Verbs and Prepositions :

The following examples show what the meaning of a Verb is when it stands alone and how its meaning is modified when a Preposition is added to it.

  1. Admit :
    I do not admit (accept) the excuse.
    This matter admits of no excuse (is such that it cannot be excused or pardoned).

  2. Attend :
    He attends (goes to) the meeting.
    He attends to the meeting (gives his mind to the business of the meeting).

  3. Bear :
    We must bear (endure, suffer) his reproaches.
    We must bear with (endure patiently, tolerate) his reproaches.

  4. Begin :
    Let us begin this song (begin to sing it).
    Let us begin with this song (sing this song before we sing any other).

  5. Believe :
    I do not believe this man (accept his statement as true).
    I do not believe in this man (trust in his honesty).

  6. Call :
    I will call him (shout to him and order him to come).
    I will call on him (visit him at his house).
    I will call for you at six o'clock.

  7. Catch :
    He caught (seized) the reins.
    A drowning man will catch at (try to seize) a straw.

  8. Close :
    This closes (finishes, concludes) the bargain.
    I cannot close with (accept) such a bargain.

  9. Consult :
    I must consult you (ask your advice) on this point.
    I must consult (take counsel) with you on this point.

  10. Count :
    Have you counted (reckoned up) the money?
    I count on that money (expect it as a certainty).

  11. Deal :
    He dealt (distributed) the cards.
    He dealt in (sold) silks and such other goods.
    He refused to deal with (associate with) him.
    He will soon deal until the matter.

  12. Dispense :
    Dispense (distribute) your charities fairly all round.
    We can dispense with (we do not require) your charities.

  13. Feel :
    Feel this table (examine it by feeling or touching it).
    The blind man is feeling for the table (trying to find the table by groping for it with his hand.)
    Also feel for sympathise with, e.g., feel for those in distress.

  14. Guard :
    Guard this man (protect him) from danger.
    Guard against (take every precaution against) this man.

  15. Inquire :
    He inquired (or enquired) the reason (asked what was the reason).
    He inquired into the matter (investigated it by a careful examination of the evidence).

  16. Meditate :
    He meditates revenge (future action).
    He meditates on the revenge that he took (past action).

  17. Prepare :
    He prepared (got ready) a feast.
    He prepared for the feast(got himself ready for it.)

  18. Search :
    Search that thief (examine his clothes and other belongings).
    Search for that thief (try to find out where he is).

  19. See :
    Do you not see (perceive) this danger?
    We must see to our business (attend to it).

  20. Send :
    Send (despatch) the doctor at once.
    Send for the doctor (send someone to call the doctor).

  21. Snatch :
    He snatched the book (seized it by a rapid movement of the hand.)
    He snatched at the book (attempted to seize it).

  22. Strike :
    He struck the dog.
    He struck at (aimed a blow at or endeavoured to strike) the dog.

  23. Taste :
    He tasted the salt.
    This water tastes of (has a flavour of) salt.

  24. Touch :
    He has not yet touched the point (come to the point under debate).
    He touched upon the point (briefly alluded to it).

  25. Work :
    He worked (managed) the machine.
    He worked at (was busily engaged with) the machine.


  1. A Preposition
  2. Prepositions
  3. The Preposition
  4. Object of The Preposition
  5. Omission of Object of The Preposition
  6. Participial Prepositions
  7. Compound Prepositions
  8. BUT as A Preposition
  9. Preposition and Object
  10. Wrong Uses of Prepositions
  11. Wrong Omissions of Prepositions
  12. Misuses of Prepositions
  13. Uses of Prepositions
  14. Gerunds preceded by Prepositions
  15. Peculiar Uses of Prepositions
  16. Example Sentences with Appropriate Prepositions
  17. Words followed by Appropriate Prepositions
  18. Nouns followed by Prepositions
  19. Participles followed by Prepositions
  20. Adjectives followed by Prepositions
  21. Verbs followed by Prepositions
  22. Verbs and Prepositions
  23. Sample Sentences with Prepositions
  24. Sample Sentences with Prepositional Phrases

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