Prepositions – Part 2 – “Words Taking More than One Preposition”


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As we have discussed some Important Prepositions in the previous article. Today we will discuss “Words Taking More than One Preposition”

There are certain words that take several prepositions according to the changing meanings of the word.

Here is a select list of such words.


1) Accompany


a) By (for living being)

The PM was accompanied by the members of the Cabinet.


b) With (Subtle things)

His lecture was accompanied with subtle analysis of concepts.


2) Accountable


a) To (an authority or a person)

All of us are accountable to God.


b) For (action)

We are accountable to God for our deeds and misdeeds.


3) Angry


a) At (a thing)

He is angry at Ram’s bad conduct.


b) With (a person)

Ram is angry with Vijay.


c) For (a cause)

He is angry with me for my remark.


4) Annoyed


a) With (a person)

He is annoyed with his younger brother.


b) At (something)

He is annoyed with his friend at his laziness.


5) Answerable:


a) To (a person)

The servant is answerable to the master.


b) For (Something)

We are answerable to our parents for our conduct.


6) Appeal


a) To (person)

He appealed to the judge for his release from jail.


b) For (thing)

He appealed for his release from the prison.


7) Arrive


a) At (small place)

He arrived at small colony.


b) In (big place)

He arrived in India.


8) Attend


a) To (duties, lessons, work)

I attend to my duties sincerely.


b) On (service)

Children attend on parents.


9) Authority


a) On (subject)

Mr X is an authority on modern physics.


b) Over (rights)

The District Magistrate has authority over the Committee.


10) Blind


a) Of (Physical)

He is blind of one eye.


b) To (mental)

Many parents are blind to the faults of their children.


11) Communicate


a) With (to make correspondence)

He is communicated with us on that matter.


b) To (to convey)

He communicated his opinion to me.


12) Compare


a) With (Similar thing)

Shakespeare is compared with Kalidas.


b) To (dissimilar thing)

Life is compared to battle.


13) Compete


a) With (a person)

I cannot compete with the young man.


b) For (a thing)

They compete for a prize.


14) Complain


a) To (person)

He complained to the magistrate against Ram.


b) Against (a person)

He complained to the magistrate against Ram.


c) About (a thing)

He complained to the magistrate against Ram about his misconduct.


15) Confer


a) On (to give)

The President conferred the title of Bharat Ratna on him


b) With (a person)

I shall confer with him about important topics.


16) Die


a) Of (a disease)

He died of cancer.


b) From (a cause)

He died from overwork.


17) Differ


a) With (person)

I differ with you.


b) From (things)

India differs from Japan.


18) Disqualified


a) From (action)

He was disqualified from the running race.


b) For (post or thing)

He was disqualified for the post of Police Inspector.


19) Entrust


a) With (in case of a person)

I cannot entrust him with my money.


b) To (in case of thing)

I cannot entrust my money to him.


20) Familiar


a) With (person)

I am familiar with Prime Minister.


b) To (subject)

I am familiar to French Language.


21) Flight


a) With (person)

We fought with the English.


b) For (thing)

We fought with the English for freedom


22) Grateful


a) To (person)

I am grateful to Ram


b) For (thing)

I am grateful to Ram for his help.


23) Heir


a) Of (descendant)

A son is usually the heir of the father.


b) For (thing)

He was heir to the big fortune.


24) Indebted


a) To (a person)

I am indebted to my friend.


b) For (things)

I am indebted to my friend for his help.


25) Indignant


a) With (person)

He was indignant with his friend.


b) A (thing)

The teacher was indignant at his carelessness.


26) Live


a) On (to exist)

A man lives in food.


b) By (to depend on, to believe in)

A terrorist lives by the gun.


27) Part


a) From (a person)

He parted from his friends.


b) With (things)

He cannot part with his money.


28)  Responsible


a) To (person)

He was responsible to the boss.


b) For (thing)

We are responsible to God for our actions.


29) Taste


a) Of (experience)

Now you will have a taste of new work


b) For (interest)

I have no taste of painting.


30) Tired


a) Of (mental)

I am tired of poverty


b) With (physical)

I am tired with working for five hours continuously.


With this we will finish this topic here.


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