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Dependent prepositions

Certain adjectives, nouns and verbs take a preposition after the word in the sentence. Some, in fact take more than one and the meaning can be similar or very different. Unfortunately, there are no rules for these prepositions and the best way to learn them is by noticing them and trying to use them as frequently as possible. But not everything is bad news and a dictionary can help you with this tedious part of the English language.

Here’s an activity for some practice but there are as hundreds of other formations so, remember to look for these samples when reading.

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B2 Dependent prepositions

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I'm really fed up ___ Tom. He's always making up strange stories and talking about people.

He was highly motivated ____ the idea of starting a new project. 

We'll have to deal __ this problem first.

I've just bumped ___ Sarah at the supermarket.

I don't believe ___ ghosts. What a silly thing!

Jim shouted ___ his sister because she had rung his girlfriend and told her all about his affair.

I'm frustrated ___politician's lack of compromise.

She is respected ___ her latest novel. 

You really shouldn't keep on complaining__ your job if you're not going to try to change some things about it.

He should apologise __ being rude.

My children are staying __ my parents next week.

Think ___ it before you answer.

I feel really sorry ___ him. He's such a nice guy!

I'm really sorry ___ hear about that news.

That book belongs __ Jane.

George is angry ____having to drive to the airport so early. 

He was opposed ___ the idea of going there in the first place.

Have you heard ___ Ken's new job?

I can't concentrate ___ my assignments with all that noise.

Soon we'll arrive __ her house.

 He was too easily influenced___what other people thought.

We're staying ___ a small hotel.

I don't approve ___your idea.

You'll have to decide __ what you want to do.

I'm inspired ___ people that have positive ideas.

I'm really sorry ___ what happened. I didn't mean to let the cat out of the bag.

She was interested ___ new technologies applied to education.

Toni just doesn't like to talk ___ his friends' private life.

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