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reviEW exercises
(Noun +preposition/ preposition + noun)

6.1. Put in the correct preposition.

  1. I heard an interesting programme ….. the radio last night.

  2. My friend has decided to give up her job. She is having no success ..... business.

  3. We could pay you ….. cheque or ..... cash. Which would you prefer?

  4. Thank you for the invitation ….. your party next weekend.

  5. I didn’t mean to do that, I did it ….. mistake.

  6. ….. chance, I happened to have her address with me.

  7. I wrote to my parents last month, but I still haven’t received a reply ….. my letter.

  8. My parents have gone away ….. holiday for two weeks.

  9. The plane was late, but nobody knew the reason ….. the delay.

  10. Does she have a good relationship ….. her parents?

  11. Last year there was a big fall ….. sales.

  12. The firm closed down because there wasn’t enough demand ….. its product.

  13. The boss was surprised at our reaction ….. his suggestion.

  14. My uncle is very generous. He gave me a cheque ..... $ 1000.

  15. My computer is out of order. What's the matter ..... it?

  16. Have you had a reply ….. your letter?

6.2. Complete the sentences using the words in the box. In one sentence two answers are possible.

towards, of, between, for, in, with, to

  1. The artist drew a picture ….. an actress.

  2. Nobody knows his reaction ..... the news.

  3. There is no need ….. him to shout. We can hear him.

  4. His attitude ….. me was rather unpleasant.

  5. She is very shy and has great difficulty ….. making friends.

  6. The company wants to improve the relationship ….. the Board of Directors and the shareholders.

  7. Has there been an increase ….. unemployment recently?

  8. Smoking is one of the causes ….. heart disease.

  9. We need a solution ….. the world’s population problem.

  10. What are the main differences ….. these cultures.

  11. I refused to give him an answer ….. his question.

  12. Speed, comfort and safety are the main advantages ..... trains and planes.

  13. Since I left home, I have had little contact ….. my family.

  14. Tom and Marea are very much ….. love ….. each other.

  15. I can’t open the door. Have you got a key ….. the other door?

  16. It was a bad accident. The damage ….. the car was serious.

6.3. Translate into English. Use noun + preposition or preposition + noun constructions.

  1. Преимущество жить одному состоит в том, что ты можешь делать все, что пожелаешь.

  2. Я положил соль в кофе по ошибке.

  3. На завтрак я ел яйцо с беконом.

  4. У тебя хорошие отношения с родителями?

  5. Джимми влюблен в Анну.

  6. Полиция полагает, что нет связи между двумя преступлениями.

  7. Она показала мне несколько фотографий своей семьи.

  8. Я собираюсь в отпуск в апреле. Я бы хотела поехать в отпуск на Ямайку.

  9. Что идет по телевизору сегодня вечером?

  10. Ты получил приглашение на вечер?

  11. По моему мнению, тебе следует позвонить в полицию.

  12. Не хочешь ли сходить на прогулку?

  13. Я был удивлен ее реакцией на мое предложение.

  14. Полиция хочет задать вопрос мужчине в связи с ограблением.

  15. Я хотел бы заплатить кредитной картой.

  16. У меня была карта города, поэтому я смог найти дорогу.


Study these examples:

a) Adjective (nice, kind, etc.) + of/ to: (be) nice/ kind/ good/ generous/ polite/ silly/ stupid etc. of somebody (to do something); but (be) nice/ kind/ good/ polite/ friendly/ cruel etc. to somebody.

b) Adjective + about/ with: angry/ annoyed/ furious about something; but angry/ annoyed/ furious with somebody for doing something;

excited/ worried/ upset/ nervous/ happy etc. about something;

delighted/ pleased/ satisfied/ disappointed with something;

crowded with (people etc.).
^ c) Adjective + at/ by / with: good/ bad/ excellent/ brilliant/ hopeless etc. at …;
surprised/ shocked/ amazed/ astonished at/by something;

impressed with/ by somebody/something; fed up/ bored with something.
d) Sorry + about/ for: to feel/ to be sorry for somebody; sorry about something; ^ but sorry for doing something;
also I’m sorry I did something.

e) Adjective + of: afraid/ frightened/ terrified/ scared of …;

fond/ proud/ ashamed/ jealous/ envious of …

suspicious/ critical/ tolerant of …

aware/ conscious of …; capable/ incapable of …; full of …/ short of …; typical of …; tired of …; certain/ sure of or about.

f) Adjective + to/ from/ in/ on/ for: married/ engaged to (an American), but married with (three children); similar to…; different from (or to)…; interested in …; keen on …; dependent on … (but independent of) …; famous for …; responsible for

E x e r c i s e s

7.1. Put in the correct preposition.

  1. She was delighted with the book you gave her.

  2. The girl I interviewed for the job was intelligent but I wasn’t very impressed ….. her appearance.

  3. She was shocked ….. what she saw. She’d never seen anything like it before.

  4. We are sorry ….. the smell of paint in this room. We’ve just decorated it.

  5. She is sorry ….. what she said. She hopes you’re not angry ….. her.

  6. My granny doesn’t look very well. I’m worried ….. her.

  7. He’s been trying to learn English but he’s not very satisfied ….. his progress.

  8. They were surprised ….. the way he behaved.

  9. Our friends enjoyed their holiday, but they were a bit disappointed ….. the weather.

  10. I can’t understand people who are cruel ….. animals.

  11. He didn’t reply to her letter. It wasn’t very polite ….. him.

  12. It was a bit careless ….. us to leave the door unlocked when we went out.

7.2. Complete the sentences using one of the following adjectives + the correct preposition:

responsible, bored, astonished, annoyed, excited, impressed, sure, interested, proud, kind, sorry, annoyed, afraid, different, similar

  1. They are excited about going on holiday next month.

  2. They had never seen so many people before. They were ….. the crowds.

  3. My younger brother isn’t happy at college. He’s ….. the course he’s doing.

  4. My friends weren’t very ….. the service in the restaurant. They had to wait ages before their food arrived.

  5. Why does he always get so ….. little things?

  6. What has she done wrong? Why are you ….. her?

  7. I wouldn’t like to be in her position. I feel ….. her.

  8. Thank you for your help. You’ve been very ….. me.

  9. I think my cousin is arriving this evening but I’m not ….. that.

  10. My car is ….. yours but it isn’t exactly the same.

  11. I’ll look after you. There’s nothing to be ….. .

  12. Do you want to listen to the news on the radio? – No, I’m not ….. the news.

  13. The editor is the person who is ….. what appears in a newspaper.

  14. My grandmother is a very keen gardener. She’s very ….. her garden.

  15. We were surprised when we met him for the first time. He was ….. what we expected.

7.3. Fill in the correct prepositions: of/ for/ in/ to/ on/ with.

  1. The form he filled in was full of mistakes.

  2. The children have no money of their own. They are totally dependent ….. their parents.

  3. Nobody is surprised she changed her mind at the last moment. That’s typical ….. her.

  4. I don’t think he is capable ….. telling a lie.

  5. Do you know anyone who might be interested ….. buying a house?

  6. We are tired ….. doing the same things every day. We need a change.

  7. The bus stop was crowded ….. people waiting for the bus.

  8. She is not ashamed ….. what she did. In fact she is quite proud ….. it.

  9. Kate is engaged ….. a friend of mine.

  10. I don’t like walking up the mountains. I’m afraid ….. heights.

  11. John is very fond ….. his new computer.

  12. His home town is not famous ….. anything.

7.4. Complete the second sentence so that it has the same meaning as the first one.

  1. There is a lot of furniture in the room. The room is full of furniture.

  2. I like sport very much. I’m keen ….. .

  3. I haven’t got enough time. I’m a bit short ….. .

  4. I’m a very good chess player. I’m good ….. .

  5. Marea’s husband is French. Marea is married ….. .

  6. I don’t trust my partner. I’m suspicious ….. .

  7. Her problem is not the same as mine. Her problem is different ….. .

  8. There are lots of people in the hall. The hall is crowded ….. .

7.5. Write sentences about yourself. Are you good at these things or no?. Use:

brilliant, very good, quite good, not very good, hopeless.

Repairing things; remembering names; telling jokes; writing poems; speaking English playing games etc.

ReviEW exercises

(Adjective + preposition)

7.1. Put in the right preposition.

  1. I don't want to be dependent ..... anybody.

  2. He’s very good ….. languages. He speaks English, French and Italian.

  3. I’m sorry ….. your broken window. It was an accident.

  4. A lot of children are afraid ….. spiders.

  5. It was very nice ….. you to lend me the money.

  6. Do you want to watch this programme? – No, I’m fed up ….. it.

  7. Life today is very different ….. life 50 years ago.

  8. I’m sorry ….. not phoning you last night. I completely forgot.

  9. I am upset ..... not being invited to the wedding.

  10. Sarah is married ….. an American.

  11. The city was crowded ….. tourists.

  12. I was delighted ….. the present you gave me.

  13. The letter he wrote was full ….. mistakes.

  14. She didn’t trust me. She was suspicious ….. my intentions.

  15. Why are you always so jealous ….. other people?

  16. I am sorry ….. shouting at you yesterday.

7.2. Complete the sentences using the words in the box

of, by, with, on, about, in, for, at, to

  1. My mother was very angry ….. me ….. losing her key.

  2. Your hairstyle is quite similar ….. mine.

  3. I'm sick and tired ..... all that routine work. I need a change.

  4. My younger brother is very fond ….. music.

  5. We’re a bit short ….. petrol. We’d better stop at the next petrol station.

  6. Everybody was very much impressed ..... the latest invention of the scientists.

  7. I was shocked ….. the news of the accident.

  8. It's typical ..... him to be cruel ..... animals.

  9. It was very kind ….. them to give us a lift to the station.

  10. He’s not very keen ….. football.

  11. Are you interested ….. playing golf tomorrow?

  12. We’re getting really excited ….. our holiday.

  13. He’s quite capable ….. doing the job.

  14. Sydney in Australia is famous ….. its Opera House.

  15. Are you worried ….. your driving test?

  16. My friends are very proud ….. their children.

7.3. Translate into English. Use adjective + preposition combinations.

  1. Ты знал, что он женат? – Нет, я не имел представления.

  2. Ты взволнован тем, что уходишь в отпуск на следующей неделе?

  3. Я не очень способен к математике.

  4. У меня не хватает денег. Ты мог бы мне одолжить немного?

  5. Мне жаль Марию. У нее много проблем.

  6. Он опять опоздал. Для него характерно заставлять всех ждать.

  7. Мне больше не нравится моя работа. Я сыт ею по горло.

  8. Твой почерк похож на мой.

  9. Почему ты так недружелюбен с Томом?

  10. Глупо с ее стороны выходить без пальто в такую холодную погоду.

  11. Он не доверял мне. Он с подозрением относился к моим намерениям.

  12. Кэйт расстроена тем, что ее не пригласили на вечер.

  13. Извините за шум вчера вечером. У нас была вечеринка.

  14. Кто вчера был ответственен за концерт?

  15. Мы остались дома, так как моя жена не желала выходить.

  16. Пойдем, я устал ждать!


Study these examples:

1) Verb + at ...: look/ have a look/ stare/ glance (etc.) at…; laugh/ smile at…; aim/point (something) at…, shoot/ fire (a gun) at… (= in the direction of).

2) Verb + to ...: talk/ speak to (somebody) (“with” is also possible but less usual); listen to, write (a letter) to…, but phone somebody (no preposition);

invite (somebody) to (a party/ a wedding, etc.); happen to…; prefer one thing /person to another; explain something to somebody;

also explain/describe to somebody that/ what/ how/ why…; apologise to somebody.

3) Verb + of ...: accuse/ suspect somebody of …; approve of …,/ die of (an illness), consist of ….

4) Verb + for ...: ask (somebody) for …;

but ask somebody a question / ask somebody the way to … (no preposition);

apply (to a person/a company etc.) for (a job, etc.), pay somebody for …;

but pay a bill/ a fine/ a tax/ a fare/ rent/ a sum of money etc. (no preposition);

thank/ forgive somebody for…; apologise (to somebody) for …; blame somebody / something for …; somebody is to blame for …; also blame something on (someone/something);

wait for somebody; wait for something to happen; search (a person/ a place/ a bag) for…; leave ( a place) for (another place).

5) Verb + from ...: suffer from (an illness etc.); protect somebody /something from (or against).

6) Verb + on ...: depend on … / rely on…; depend + when/ where/ how etc. (question words with or without on): (It depends how much it is (or depends on how much); live on (money/ food); congratulate (somebody) on , compliment (somebody) on …; concentrate on…; insist on…; spend (money) on ... .

7) Verb + in ...: believe in …/ specialise in…/ succeed in….

8) Verb + into ...: break into …; crash/ drive/ bump/ run into…; divide/ cut/ split something into (two or more parts); translate (a book etc.) from one language into another.

9) Verb + with ...: collide with…; deal with ...; agree with; fill something with…; provide/ supply somebody with….

10) Verb + about ...: talk about …/ read about…/ tell somebody about…/ have a discussion about…; but discuss something (no preposition);

also do something about something (= do something to improve a bad situation).

^ E x e r c i s e s

8.1. Put in the correct preposition. If no preposition is needed, leave the space empty (–).

  1. She isn’t going out yet. She’s waiting for the snow to stop.

  2. Don’t ask me ….. money, please. Ask somebody else for a change.

  3. My granny is often not well. She suffers ….. very bad headaches.

  4. If they want a job at the plant, who do they apply …..?

  5. It is dreadful that some people are dying ….. hunger while others eat too much.

  6. She has searched everywhere ….. her child but she hasn’t been able to find him.

  7. They don’t want to talk ….. what happened yesterday evening.

  8. The accident was his fault, so he had to pay ….. the damage.

  9. I don’t want to discuss ….. what happened last night. Let’s forget it.

  10. They didn’t have enough money to pay ….. the bill.

  11. The teacher complimented him ….. his English. He spoke fluently and made very few mistakes.

  12. They discussed ….. the problem but they didn’t reach a decision.

  13. She doesn’t know whether she’ll go out tonight. It depends ….. how she feels.

  14. My friends are touring the USA. They’re in New York at the moment, but tomorrow they leave ….. Florida.

  15. The children wore warm clothes to protect themselves ….. the cold.

  16. The house is in very bad condition. I think we ought to do something ….. it.

  17. The house consists ….. three rooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.

  18. My brother has just got engaged ….. his girlfriend.

8.2. Complete the sentences with one of the following verbs + preposition. Change the form of the verb where it is necessary.


explain, invite, laugh, listen, point, glance, speak, write, accuse, apologise, approve, congratulate, depend, live, pay

  1. He looks stupid with this haircut. Everybody will laugh at him.

  2. My parents don’t ….. what I do, but they can’t stop me.

  3. They don’t understand what this means. Can you ….. it ..... them?

  4. When you went to the theatre with Max, who ….. the tickets?

  5. He ….. his watch to see what the time was.

  6. It’s not very pleasant when you are ….. something you didn’t do.

  7. They’ve been ….. the party but unfortunately they can’t go.

  8. Are you playing golf next Sunday? – I hope so. It ….. the weather.

  9. Please ….. me! I’ve got something important to tell you.

  10. Things are very cheap there. You can ….. very little money.

  11. Tom and Ann had an argument and now they’re not ….. one another.

  12. When I saw my friend, I ….. him ….. passing his driving test.

  13. He ….. Linda last week but she hasn’t replied to his letter yet.

  14. He was very rude to his mother. He should ….. her.

  15. Be careful with those scissors. Don’t ….. them ….. me!


believe, concentrate, divide, drive, fill, happen, insist, succeed, apply, ask, do, leave, search, talk, wait

  1. He wanted to go alone but his wife insisted on coming with him.

  2. Police are ….. the man who escaped from prison.

  3. I haven’t seen my classmates for ages. I wonder what has ….. them.

  4. I’m still ….. a reply to my letter. I haven’t heard anything yet.

  5. He couldn’t stop in time when the car in front of him stopped suddenly, so he ….. the back of the car.

  6. He likes his job but he doesn’t ….. it much.

  7. It’s a very big house. It’s ….. 4 flats.

  8. When we had finished our meal, we ….. the waiter ….. the bill.

  9. Some people ….. ghosts. I think they only imagine that they see them.

  10. I am unemployed. I have ….. several jobs but I haven’t had any luck.

  11. She gave me an empty bucket and told me to ….. it ….. water.

  12. If something is wrong, why doesn’t he ….. something ….. it?

  13. Don’t try to do two things together. ….. one thing at a time.

  14. Tom is from England but now he lives in the USA. He ….. England ….. the USA when he was 20.

  15. It wasn’t easy but in the end they ….. finding a solution to the problem.

8.3. Put in the correct preposition.

  1. Could I have a look at your newspaper, please.

  2. The man sitting opposite me on the train kept staring ….. me.

  3. The school provides all its pupils ….. books.

  4. They filled the tank but unfortunately they filled it ….. the wrong kind of petrol.

  5. The teacher decided to split the class ….. four teams.

  6. What happened ….. the money I lent you? What did you spend it …..?

  7. Sometimes it’s difficult to translate ….. one language ….. another.

  8. Somebody broke ….. my house and stole some money.

  9. She prefers travelling by coach ….. driving.

  10. Belarus is divided ….. six regions.

  11. My wife spends much money ….. clothes.

  12. My brother is a photographer. He specialises ….. sports photography.

  13. There was an awful noise as the bus crashed ….. a tree.

  14. As they were coming out of the hotel, they collided ….. their friends who were coming in.

  15. I hope she succeeds ….. getting what she wants.

  16. His present job isn’t good but he prefers it ….. what he did before.

  17. Many people don’t believe ….. working very hard. It’s not worth it.

  18. Alice decided to give up sport so that she could concentrate ….. her studies.

  19. A strange thing happened ….. my sister a few days ago.

  20. I know who he is but I’ve never spoken ...... him.

  21. They like to listen ….. the radio while they are having breakfast.

  22. She’s a bit lonely. She needs somebody to talk ….. .

8.4. Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first. Use verb + preposition combinations.

  1. There was a collision between a car and a van. A car collided with a van.

  2. I don’t mind big parties, but I prefer small company. ..... (prefer)

  3. I got all the information I needed from my friend. ..... (provide)

  4. This morning I bought a new hat which cost $ 30. ..... (spend)

  5. I think the increase in violent crime is because of mass media. ..... (blame)

  6. Do you think the economic crisis is the fault of the government? ..... (blame)

  7. She eats only bread and eggs. ..... (live)

  8. There are 11 players in a football team. ..... (consist)

  9. You always say everything is my fault. ..... (blame)

  10. The pop star has enemies but she has a bodyguard to protect her. ..... (protect)

  11. My friend won the tournament, so I congratulated her. ..... (congratulate)

  12. He said that what happened was his wife's fault. ..... (blame)

  13. The misunderstanding was my fault so I apologised. ..... (apologise)

  14. The girl said he was selfish. ..... (accuse).


These verbs are followed by prepositions with a difference of meaning:

  1. care about somebody/something (= think that somebody/ something is important), but care what/ where/ how, etc. (without “about”); care for somebody /something 1) like something (usually in questions and negative sentences: Would you like … ?) 2) look after somebody

  2. complain to (somebody) about … (= say that you are not satisfied); complain of a pain, an illness etc. (= say that you have a pain etc.);

  3. dream about something (when somebody is asleep); dream of being something/ doing something (= imagine);

  4. hear about … (= be told about something); hear of … (= know that somebody/something exists); hear from... (= receive a letter or phone call from somebody);

  5. look for … (= search for, try to find); look after … (= take care of);

  6. remind somebody about … (= tell somebody not to forget); remind somebody of … (= cause somebody to remember);

  7. shout at somebody (when you are angry); shout to somebody (so that they can hear you);

  8. take care of … (= look after);

  9. think about … (= to consider something; to concentrate your mind on it)); think of … 1) when the idea comes to you mind; 2) to ask or give an opinion; think of or think about doing something (for possible future actions);

  10. throw something at somebody/ something (in order to hit); throw
    something to somebody (for somebody to catch).

  11. warn somebody of / about a danger, something bad which might happen; warn somebody about somebody/something which is dangerous, unusual etc.;

^ E x e r c i s e s

8.5. Put in the correct preposition after the verb.

  1. My sister is very selfish. She doesn’t care about other people.

  2. Don’t throw stones ….. the birds. It’s cruel.

  3. If you don’t want to eat that sandwich, throw it ….. the birds. They’ll eat it.

  4. Please don’t shout ….. me! Be nice to me!

  5. I saw my sister as I was driving along the road. I shouted ….. her but she didn’t hear me.

  6. I’ve never heard ….. Michael Jackson. Who is he?

  7. Did you hear ….. the accident last week. – Yes, I did.

  8. My classmate used to write to me quite often but I haven’t heard ….. her for ages now.

  9. I like to have time to make decisions. I like to think ….. things carefully.

  10. She’s a very selfish person. She only thinks ….. herself.

  11. I don’t know what to get my friend for her birthday. Can you think ….. anything.

  12. Do you like this hat? – Not really. I don’t care ….. the colour.

  13. Don’t worry about arranging our departure. I’ll take care …..it.

  14. He wants to have a good holiday. He doesn’t care ….. the cost.

  15. I am looking ….. a job. I hope to find one soon.

  16. Who looked ….. you when you were ill?

  17. She loves her job. She thinks ….. her job all the time. She dreams ….. it, she talks ….. it and I’m fed up with hearing ….. it.

  18. My neighbour complained ….. me ….. the noise I made last night.

  19. My granny was complaining ….. pains in her chest, so she went to the doctor.

  20. They warned me ….. the water. They said it wasn’t safe to drink.

  21. I warned my daughter ….. the dangers of playing in the street.

8.6. Complete the sentences using one of the following verbs + the correct preposition. The same verb can be used twice.

complain, dream, hear, remind, think, warn, look.

  1. That’s a good idea. Why didn’t I think of that?

  2. Do you see that girl over there? Does she ….. you ….. anybody you know?

  3. I would have forgotten my appointment if you hadn’t ….. me ….. it.

  4. You wouldn’t go away without telling me, would you? – Of course not. I wouldn’t ….. it.

  5. He’s a well-known singer. Many people have ….. her.

  6. Before you go into the yard, I must ….. you ….. the dog.

  7. He can’t make a decision yet. He needs time to ….. my proposal.

  8. John is never satisfied. He is always ….. something.

  9. A baby-sitter is somebody who ….. other people’s children.

  10. All the car parks were full, so I had to ….. somewhere to park.


Study these examples:

borrow something from someone;

congratulate someone on (doing) something;

inform someone about /of something.

invite someone to something;

tell someone about something;

thank someone for something;

warn someone about something/ someone;

See some more examples mentioned above.

^ E x e r c i s e s

8.7. Complete the sentences using the words in the box:

from, on, to, about, of

  1. They blamed the accident on the driver of the car.

  2. They’ve warned me ….. swimming in that part of the lake.

  3. She has invited me ….. her house for lunch.

  4. The police accused the man ….. trying to steal the bag.

  5. She borrowed some money ….. a friend of hers.

  6. We congratulated Peter ….. getting a new job.

  7. Will you remind me ….. the party next Sunday.

  8. This place reminds me ….. the place where I was born.

8.8. Put in about, of or to.

  1. I had to remind him about the money that he owed me.

  2. The interviewer asked the novelist ….. his latest book.

  3. The manager would like to inform the clients ….. a number of improvements in the service.

  4. There is a sign warning the drivers ….. the danger.

  5. I’m just writing a letter ….. my mother.

  6. The man explained ….. the court that he had some personal problems.

  7. That girl over there reminds me ….. someone I knew.

  8. They have told the police ….. people making a noise at night.

8.9. Complete these short conversations. Use verb + object + preposition. Write your own conversations and act them out.

  1. I’ve bought a lot of books. I’ve spent $100. – What! You’ve spent $100 on books!?

  2. The team won a victory, but no one congratulated them. – …..

  3. It’s my cousin’s wedding today, but he didn’t invite me. – …..

  4. We had no towels. The hotel didn’t provide them. – …..

  5. The police say it’s murder. They’re accusing the headmaster. – …..

  6. I gave my sister the present, but she didn’t thank me. – …..

  7. Have you heard about the accident? Well, everyone’s blaming me. – …..

  8. I don’t like brandy. I prefer beer. – …..

8.10. Complete the sports commentator’s words. Put in the correct prepositions.

“So Australia’s Mark Breadley wins the gold medal ahead of Germany’s Klaus Schliemann. We are just congratulating him (1) ….. his victory. Breadley’s speed over the first kilometre split the runners (2) ….. two groups and in the end it was a race between the two leaders. Everybody regards Breadley as a great athlete. Some people compare him (3) ….. the great Emil Kristo himself. There’s no doubt now that Breadley will be invited (4) ….. Japan for next year’s World Championship. So the Australian runner adds another medal (5) ….. his collection. And Australia are doing really well in the medals table. In fact, they share fourth place (6) ….. the United States..."

(Verb + preposition / verb + object + preposition)

8.1. Complete the sentences with the correct prepositions.


  1. The bus went out of control and crashed ….. the back of a car.

  2. I called the doctor because my son was complaining ..... a pain in his stomach.

  3. I searched through my bag ….. a pen.

  4. She dreamt ….. her grandmother last night.

  5. She dreams ….. being an actress one day.

  6. A lot of people don’t believe ….. horoscopes.

  7. Thank you for looking ….. my granny while she was ill.

  8. Excuse me. I’m looking ….. the sports centre. Could you tell me how to get there?

  9. Do you know a disco called “The Zap Club”? – No, I’ve never heard ….. it!

  10. Look ..... Tom. Who does he remind you ..... ?

  11. I am a vegetarian. I prefer vegetables ..... meat.

  12. I’ve written ….. the company and applied ….. the job.

  13. I won’t tell anyone what happened. You can rely ….. me.

  14. She complained ….. the children ….. the mess they’d made.

  15. Selfish people only care ….. themselves.

  16. When my boss gets angry he always starts shouting ….. everyone.


  1. Everybody blamed me ..... the accident.

  2. My friend accused me ..... being selfish.

  3. I congratulated them ..... the engagement.

  4. I remember his face, but I can’t think ….. his name.

  5. Barry is thinking ….. changing his job.

  6. She’s alone all day . She never talks ….. anybody.

  7. Don’t forget to ring up ….. your mother this evening.

  8. We waited ….. John until 3 o’clock but he didn’t come.

  9. Please listen ….. me. I have something very important to tell you.

  10. Do you like going to museums? – It depends ….. the museum.

  11. They asked the waiter ….. coffee but he brought them tea.

  12. Did you hear ….. our experiment at the Quick Burger Cafe?

  13. What happened ….. John last night? Why didn’t he come to the party?

  14. Hello, can I speak ….. the manager, please?

  15. This is not my house. It belongs ….. a friend of mine.

  16. Thank you very much ….. your help.

8.2. Put in the verbs and add a preposition if necessary:


agree, applied, ask, care, caring, concentrate, decided, pay, suffering

I’m working at Grand Hospital now. I (1) ….. a nurse’s job last May and started in July. I don’t earn much money and I even had to (2) ….. my uniform out of my own money. Perhaps I should (3) ….. a pay rise. But I don’t really (4) ….. the money. The work is the important thing. Of course, it’s very hard work (5) ….. the patients, and at the moment I’m (6) ..... backache. But I knew it would be like this when I (7) ….. a career in nursing. I just try to forget all the problems and (8) ….. the job. I think it’s a worthwhile thing to do; I hope you (9) ….. me.


reached, deal, apologised, left , laughing, listening, believed,

Tom and Marea had arranged to go to Sarah’s party. Tom had to stay at work to (1) ….. one or two problems. Marea was sitting in the Paradise Cafe (2) ….. the juke box. Tom finally arrived at the cafe and (3) ….. the delay. After a short walk they (4) ….. Sarah’s flat. At the party Marea met a man who kept (5) ….. his own jokes. Tom talked to a young lady who (6) ….. ghosts and had seen one the night before. They (7) ….. the party early and got a taxi home.

8.3. Translate into English. Use verb + preposition combinations.

  1. Кто тот человек, с которым ты разговаривал?

  2. Мы видели несколько мужчин с ружьями, стреляющих в птиц.

  3. Извини, что я не писал тебе так долго.

  4. Они пригласили несколько друзей на свадьбу.

  5. Ты можешь объяснить мне это слово?

  6. Позволь мне описать тебе то, что я видел.

  7. Он извинился передо мной за грубость.

  8. Мы обсудили многие вещи на собрании.

  9. Приятного отдыха. Берегите себя!

  10. Мне кажется, тебе эта работа подойдет. Почему бы тебе не подать заявление?

  11. Я обыскал весь дом в поисках ключей, но все еще не могу их найти.

  12. Я не виделся с ней с тем пор, как ушел из дома на работу сегодня утром.

  13. Ты слышал о драке в клубе в субботу вечером?

  14. Кто такой Том Круз? Я никогда о нем не слышал.

  15. Ты недавно получил известие от мамы? – Да, я получил письмо от нее два дня назад.

  16. Что ты думаешь об этом фильме?

  17. Ты выглядишь серьезным. О чем ты думаешь?

  18. Я рад, что ты напомнил мне о собрании.

  19. Фильм напомнил мне о моем детстве.

  20. Кто-то бросил в министра помидором.

  21. Моя мама бросила мне ключи из окна.

  22. От чего он умер? – От сердечного приступа.

  23. Обед состоял из трех блюд. Но у нас не было достаточно денег, чтобы заплатить за еду.

  24. Ты веришь в Бога?

  25. Она юрист и специализируется по семейному праву.

  26. Не выглядывай из окна. Сконцентрируйся на работе.

  27. Возьми чашку и наполни ее водой.


1. Fill in the correct prepositions.

  1. My friends first went ….. France ….. a short holiday ….. 1990.

  2. We complained ….. the shop assistant ….. the hole ….. the sweater.

  3. People are angry ….. the increase ….. food prices.

  4. He’s always wanted his parents to be proud ….. him.

  5. Is there very much difference ….. the two word processors?

  6. Newcastle is a large, commercial and industrial city ….. a population of about 300,000. It is ….. the north-east of England, ….. the River Tyne.

  7. Do you know a pop star called Madonna? – No, I’ve never heard ….. her.

  8. The police accused the man ….. stealing the money.

  9. I’m looking ….. a house ….. two bedrooms and a garden.

  10. She’s very different ….. her mother, but quite similar ….. her father.

  11. There is no need ….. you to worry ….. me. I’ll be all right.

  12. We have a very good relationship ….. our cousins.

  13. They’ve arranged to meet ….. a cafe ….. a drink ….. 9 o’clock this evening.

  14. You can depend ….. him to arrive ….. time; he’s never late.

  15. My mother found an old photograph ….. the floor ….. the bed ….. her room.

  16. David worked as a tourist guide ….. London ….. three months ….. the summer.

  17. At first the boy didn’t want to go swimming ...... the river, but ….. the end he changed his mind.

  18. Bob has suffered ….. bad headaches ….. he had the accident.

  19. I’ve been staying ….. the Grand Hotel ..... Oxford Street ….. I arrived ….. England.

  20. We went away ….. holiday ….. the end of last week.

  21. ….. my opinion they show too many old films ….. TV.

  22. He took a lot of photographs ….. his visit ….. Paris last summer.

  23. My friends live ..... 20 High Road. Their flat is ….. the second floor.

  24. I had great difficulty ….. finding a job when I was living ….. the south of England.

  25. He’s been studying ….. the University ….. Liverpool ….. the past three years.

  26. We’re thinking ….. going ….. the concert ….. Saturday. Are you interested ….. coming?

  27. She went shopping ….. town ….. the morning.

  28. We’re meeting ….. the clock tower ….. North Street ….. lunchtime.

  29. We went ..... Athens ..... my car.

  30. Where is the light switch? – It's ..... the wall ..... the door.

2. Choose the correct prepositions – A, B, or C (word and preposition combinations).

31) That smell always reminds me ….. hospitals.

A) on

B) of

C) about

32) I’ve warned you ….. taking my things without asking me.

A) for

B) of

C) about

33) She congratulated them ….. getting engaged.

A) on

B) of

C) in

34) The doctor is taking very good care ….. your son in hospital.

A) about

B) for

C) of

35) When Robert was younger, he dreamt ….. being a famous footballer one day.

A) to

B) of

C) in

36) He apologised ….. losing my letter.

A) to

B) in

C) for

37) I can’t concentrate ….. anything at the moment.

A) on

B) to

C) about

38) I am thinking …… selling my car.

A) to

B) of

C) on

39) The film “The Birds” was made ….. Alfred Hitchcock.

A) with

B) of

C) by

40) My friends will be ….. holiday soon.

A) on

B) in

C) at

41) I met an old friend in town quite ….. chance yesterday.

A) on

B) by

C) with

42) He has had some difficulty …… his new computer.

A) with

B) of

C) in

43) There has been a rise ….. the number of homeless people.

A) in

B) of

C) with

44) Who’s responsible ….. these children?

A) of

B) for

C) in

45) There’s no need ….. you to worry.

A) to

B) for

C) of

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