Picking the proper preposition

The following list contains forms of verbs, adjectives, and nouns that regularly appear in combination with
certain prepositions.  Each entry word is followed by the prepositions which are idiomatically linked with that
word.

The right preposition is often a matter of idiom.  Related verbs such as
acquiesce, agree, and concur might
be thought to agree in every detail in the choice of prepositions, but they do not.  So consulting a list of
idiomatic expressions is the only sure method of avoiding error.  Even people who work with the language
every day often consult such a list.  The list is not intended to imply that the entry word must be followed or
preceded by a preposition, but rather that in certain contexts it is often used with that preposition.  Only
usages that commonly give difficulty are treated.

The prepositions listed are the ones most often used with the words in question; where the choice is
determined by a particular sense of the entry word, the sense is indicated and illustrated when an example of
the particular combination is not likely to readily come to the reader's mind.  No adverbial usage is included,
nor are the countless combinations of entry words followed by infinitives.  Phrasal verbs, such as
bottom out
and
carry forward, are purposely omitted (and discouraged!)
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abashed at
abhorrence of
abhorent to
ability at
or with
abound in
or with
absolve from
or of
accede to
access to
accessible to
accession of
or to
acclimate to
acclimatize to
accommodate to
or with
accompanied by
or with
accord (n.) between, of,
or with
(v.) to
or with
(a process that accords with the procedure)
account for
or two
accrue to
acquiesce in
acquit of
adapt for, from,
or to
addicted to
to noun, but not infinitive
example:  addicted to drugs
 addicted to taking drugs
not:  addicted to take drugs
adept at
or in
adequate for
or to
adjacent to
admit to, into,
or of
adverse to
advocate (n.) of (v.) for
affiliate (v.) with
or to
affinity of, between,
or with
akin to
alien (adj.) to
or from
ally (v.) to
or with
aloof from
amenable to
amused by
or at
analogous in, to,
or at
analogy of, between, to,
or with
angry at, with,
or about
antidote to, for,
or against
antipathy to, toward,
or against
anxious for
or about
apprehensive for
or of
apprise of
apropos of
arrogate to
or for
aspiration toward
or after
aspire to, toward,
or after
assent to
attempt (n.) at
or on
attended by
or with
attest to
attune to
augment by
or with
averse to
aversion for, to
or toward
basis for, in,
or of
bid (v.) for
or on
blame (v.) for
or on
blink (v.) at
boast (n., v.) of
or about
boggle at
capacity of
or for
capitalize at
or on
careless about, in
or of
caution (v.) about
or against
center (v.) on, upon, in
or at
charge (v.) for
or with
clear (adj.) of
(v.) of
or from
climb up (although usually redundant)
coincide with
common (adj.) to
comparable to
or with
compare with
or to
similar things warrant with
unlike things warrant to
compatible with
complementary to
compliment (n., v.) on
concern about, in,
or with
concur in
or with
conductive to
confide in
or with
conform or conformity to
or with
connive at or with
consequent (adj.) or consequential to, on,
or upon
consist of
or inconsistent with
contemporaneous with
contemporary with
contemptuous with
contend with, against, about,
or over
contiguous to
contigent on
or upon
contrast (n.) between, to,
or with
(v.) with
conversant with
convict (v.) of
correspond to
or with
culminate in
cure of
decide on, upon, for,
or against
deficient in
deprive of
derive from
desire (n.) for
desirous of
desist from
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despair (v.) of
destined for
destitute of
destructive to
or of
deviate (v.) from
devoid of
devolve from, on, to,
or upon
differ from, on, over,
or with
different from
or than
differentiate between, among,
or from
diminution of
disappointed by, in,
or with
discourage from
disdain (n.) for
disengage from
disgusted with, by,
or at
dislike of
dispossess of
or from
disqualify from
or for
dissent (n., v.) from
dissimilar to
dissociate from
dissuade from
distaste for
distinguish from, between,
or among
distrustful of
divest of
dote on
emanate from
embellish with
emigrate from
empty (adj.) of
enamored of
or with
encroach on
or upon
end (v.) with
or in
endow with
entrust to
or with
envelop in
envious of
essential (adj.) to
or for
(n.) of
estrange from
exclusive of
excuse (v.) for
or from
exonerate of
or from
expect from
or of
experience (n.) in
or of
expert (adj., n.) in, at,
or with
expressive of
exclude from
favorable to, toward,
or for
fear (n.) of
or for
fond of
fondness for
foreign to
free (adj., v.) of
or from
freedom of
or from
friend of
or to
frightened at
or by
fugitive (n., adj.) from
grateful to
or for
grieve for, after,
or at
habitual with
hanker after
heal by
or of
hinder from
hindrance to
hint (v.) at
honor (v.) by, for,
or with
hope (n.) for
or of
(v.) for
identical with
or to
identify with
immigrate to
impatient at
or with
impervious to
implicit in
impressed by
or with
improve on
or upon
inaccessible to
incentive (n.) to
or for
incidental to
incongruous to
inconsistent with
incorporate with, into,
or in
independent (adj.) of
infer from
inferior to
infested with
influence (n.) on, upon, over,
or of
infuse with
inimical to
or toward
initiate into
innocent of
inquire about, after,
or into
inroad into
insight into
inspire with
or by
instruct in
intention of
intercede with, for,
or (on behalf of)
intrude on, upon, or into
inundated with
invest in
or with
involve in
isolate from
jealous of
or for
justified in
lack (v.) in
laden with
lament (v.) for
or over
laugh at
or over
level (v.) at
or with
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liable for or to
liken to
martyr (n.) to
(v.) for
mastery of
or over
means of, for,
or to
meddle in
or with
mediate between
or among
mediate on
or upon
militate against
or for
mindful of
mistrustful of
mock at
monopoly of
muse on, over
or upon
necessary (adj., n.) for
or to
necessity for, to,
or of
need (n.) for
or of
neglectful of
negligent in
or of
oblivious of
or to
observant of
obtrude of
or upon
occasion of
or for
occupied by
or with
offend against
opportunity for
or of
opposite (adj.) to
or from
 (n.)  of
opt for
or against
original (adj.) with
originate in
or with
overwhelm by
or with
parallel (adj.) to
(n.) between
or with
partake in or with
patient (adj.) with
or of
peculiar to
permeate into
or through
permeated by
permit (v.) of
persevere in
or against
persist in
persuaded by, of,
or into
pertinent to
pervert (v.) from
possessed of, by,
or with
possibility of
or for
precedence of
or over
precedent (adj.) to
  (n.) for
or of
preclude from
prefer to
pregnant by
or with
prejudicial to
preoccupied by
or with
preparatory to
prerequisite (adj.) to
     (n.) of
preside at
or over
presume on
or upon
prevail over, against, on, upon,
or with
prodigal of
productive of
proficient in
or at
profit (v.) in
or at
prohibit from
prone to
provide for, against,
or with
pursuant to
qualify for
or as
receptive to
reconcile to
or with
redolent of
regard (n.) for
or to
repent of
replete of
respect (n.) for, to,
or of
responsibility for
restrain from
revel in
rich in
rob of
satiate with
scared at
or by
secure (adj.) in
similar to
slave (n.) to
or of
solicitous of, about,
or for
subject (adj.) to
suffer from
suitable for
or to
superior (adj.) to
sympathetic to
or toward
sympathy for, toward,
or with
tendency to
or toward
thrill (v.) to, at,
or with
tolerance for, toward,
or of
treat (v.) as, to, of,
or with
vary from
vest in
or with
vie with
void (adj.) of
vulnerable to
wait (v.) for
or on
want (n.) of
(v.) for
wanting (adj.) in
wary of
yearn for, after
or over
zeal for
or in
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