Preposition Collocations Exercises (With Printable PDF)

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What are preposition collocations? Learn the common preposition collocation patterns with a list of examples I made. After reading, challenge yourself to a three-part worksheet about the topic.

Preposition Collocations

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Basically, collocations are two or more words that often go together. These compounds sound so natural or right that we can’t substitute one word for another.

Most collocations follow two patterns with prepositions.

Verb + Preposition

Verb + to

  • Talk to
  • Listen to
  • Speak to
  • Apologize to
  • Belong to
  • Happen to
  • Turn to
  • Adapt to
  • Add to
  • Agree to
  • Devote to
  • Consent to
  • Lead to
  • Object to
  • React to
  • Reply to
  • Talk to
  • Refer to

Verb + for

  • Wait for
  • Ask for
  • Apply for
  • Blame for
  • Care for
  • Long for
  • Head for
  • Admire for
  • Pay for
  • Search for
  • Scold for
  • Wish for
  • Work for
  • Apologize for
  • Pray for

Verb + from

  • Suffer from
  • Recover from
  • Borrow from
  • Hide from
  • Rescue from
  • Resign from
  • Infer from
  • Stem from

Verb + at

  • Smile at
  • Stare at
  • Aim at
  • Look at

Adjective + Preposition

  • Accustomed to
  • Allergic to
  • Amazed at/by
  • Appreciated for
  • Comfortable with/in
  • Connected with/to
  • Cruel to
  • Confronted with
  • Curious about
  • Fascinated by
  • Fed up with
  • Furnished with
  • Limited to
  • Married to
  • Polite to
  • Sensitive to
  • Similar to
  • Slow at
  • Suitable for
  • Sure of
Preposition Collocations Exercise #1

Preposition Collocations Exercise #1

Choose the letter of the correct answer.

Complete the collocation: Consent ____
Which preposition collocation pattern is common in English?
What are collocations?
Complete the collocation: Fond ____
Which of the following is a collocation with a verb and preposition?
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Preposition Collocations Exercise #2

Preposition Collocations Exercise #2

Fill in the provided blanks with the correct preposition to complete the collocation in the sentence.
Example: When will you reply ____ Joan?
Answer: to

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Preposition Collocations Exercise #3

Preposition Collocations Exercise #3

Fill in the provided blanks with the correct adjective that will complete the collocation in the sentence.
Example: I am afraid ___ the dark.
Answer: of

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Learn More About Prepositions

I hope these exercises on preposition collocations encourage you to master the different patterns and examples of preposition collocations.

There are more collocation patterns in English, such as adjective + noun and noun + noun. Keep studying these word combinations to widen your vocabulary and perfect your grammar.

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