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Verb and preposition collocations


Account

  • He wasn’t able to account for the company’s huge losses.
  • Non era in grado di spiegare le ingenti perdite dell’azienda.

Apply

  • She has already applied for at least five jobs this year.
  • Ha già fatto la domanda per almeno cinque lavori quest’anno.

Arrange

  • What have you arranged for Tom’s birthday party?
  • Cos’hai organizzato per la festa di compleanno di Tom?

Arrest

  • They were arrested for disturbing the peace.
  • Sono stati arrestati per aver disturbato la pace.

Ask

  • Alan asked for another plate of chips.
  • Alan chiese un altro piatto di patatine.

Beg

  • He begged for forgiveness when they caught him.
  • Ha pregato per il perdono quando l’hanno preso.

Blame

  • Tom always blames me for his mistakes.
  • Tom dà sempre la colpa a me per i suoi errori.

Care

  • Clare cared for my mother while we were away.
  • Clare si è presa cura di mi madre mentre eravamo via.

Fight

  • The union is fighting for better working conditions.
  • Il sindacato combatte per migliorare le condizioni di lavoro.

Forgive

  • She forgave him for what he had done.
  • Lei l’ha perdonato per ciò che aveva fatto.

Grieve

  • We all grieved for her when she died.
  • Tutti l’abbiamo pianta quando è morta.

Hope

  • He was hoping for a pay rise at the end of the month.
  • Sperava in un aumento di stipendio alla fine del mese.

Long

  • Bob was longing for a nice cold beer.
  • Bob bramava una bella birra fredda.

Look

  • We looked for Bob’s keys everywhere.
  • Abbiamo cercato le chiavi di Bob ovunque.

Mistake

  • I mistook her for her sister.
  • L’ho scambiata per sua sorella.

Pay

  • How much did you pay for that fabulous lamp?
  • Quanto hai pagato per quel lume favoloso?

Praise

  • We praised him for his honesty.
  • L’abbiamo lodato per la sua onestà.

Pray

  • We prayed for a sunny day but it rained again.
  • Abbiamo pregato per una giornata di sole ma ha piovuto di nuovo.

Prepare

  • Everyone was preparing for the evening’s celebrations.
  • Tutti si preparavano per le festività serali.

Provide

  • The contract provides for three weeks’ holiday a year.
  • Il contratto prevede tre settimane di vacanza all’anno.

Punish

  • The kids were punished for their behaviour.
  • I ragazzi sono stati puniti per il loro comportamento.

Search

  • Have you tried searching for him online?
  • Hai provato a cercarlo online?

Stand

  • FBI stands for Federal Bureau of Investigation.
  • FBI sta per Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Thank

  • Thank you for waiting for me.
  • Grazie per avermi aspettato.

Vote

  • Did you vote for her in the end?
  • Alla fine hai votato per lei?

Wait

  • We waited for everyone to arrive.
  • Abbiamo aspettato che tutti arrivassero.

Work

  • He works for the local council.
  • Lavora per il consiglio locale.

Yearn

  • Alan yearns for his old job.
  • Alan rivuole fortemente il suo vecchio lavoro.

All suggestions will be considered.

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2 comments

  1. Oh, I like this section of your web page. It is useless to learn PREPOSITIONS by heart. It is definitely better to see how they work in context and undoubtedly to learn them through exposure and practice😀👏👏👏👏👏.

    1. I’m also convinced that it’s the only way, Marina. I still make mistakes with my prepositions in Italian after all these years! 🙄

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