Words Followed By Appopriate Prepositions For Free Practice Class 8

  1. Abide by a promise, a decision – to stick to it: Once you have made ought to abide by it.
  2. Abstain from – to keep away from, to avoid, especially strong drinks: The doctor advised the patient to abstain from liquor 
  3. Accompanied with something: Rain was accompanied with a hailstorm.
  4. Accompanied by a person: The Principal was accompanied by the entire staff. 
  5. Acquit of – to free from: There was no evidence against him, so he was acquitted of the charge of theft. 
  6. Add to – to increase: Giving up your job at this time will add to your problems.
  7. Addicted to – to be strongly inclined to something bad: Those who are addicted to hard drinks lose their health fast. 
  8. Appoint a person to a post: Mr Verma was appointed to the post of the manager
  9. Approve of: Everybody approved of my plan to join an engineering college.
  10. Ask for: Go to the top floor and ask for Mr Chopra. 
  11. Aspire to/after – to have an ambition for: Even as a child, Sachin aspired to/after becoming a cricketer. 
  12. Avenge on/upon: The son vowed to avenge himself on the murderers of his father.
  13. Award to: A prize was awarded to him for having won the judo championship. 
  14. Banish from – to expel: Those who had plotted against the king were banished from the kingdom
  15. Beware of – to be aware about: Beware of the flatterers and the backbiters.
  16. Capable of: If these sportswomen are guided properly, they are capable of giving a much better performance. 
  17. Cling to – to stick to: As long as you do not get a better job, you should cling to the one you are holding now.
  18. Coincide with – to accord with: On this issue, his views do not coincide with mine. 
  19. Commence on – to begin on: Our annual examination commences on 15th March. 
  20. Compare with– (used with things belonging to the same class): Compare Swift with Spark in terms of fuel efficiency.
  21. Compare to– (used for dissimilar things): Life may be compared to a dream. 
  22. Compete with– a person for something: Twenty candidates competed with one another for the first prize.
  23. Composed of– made up of: Water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen.
  24. Condemn– a person to imprisonment, death, etc., for a crime: He was condemned to two years’ imprisonment for selling fake degrees.
  25. Confident of– He was confident of his success in the annual examination. 
  26. Conscious of – aware of: I am fully conscious of my weaknesses.
  27. Consist of — to be made up of This committee consists of six members besides the chairman
  28. Consist in – to lie in: Happiness consists not in money but in contentment
  29. Contented with – satisfied with: If you are contented with what you have, you will be peaceful at heart.
  30. Contrary to opposed to: Contrary to our expectations, ten students of our class got Al in all the subjects.
  31. Contribute to – to give something away to help a cause: My father often contributes to funds meant for the welfare of children. 
  32. Control over: We should always have control over the words we speak.
  33. Convenient to – convenient’ means suitable and easy: You may come to see me at any time convenient to you.
  34. Convey to: When the news of the kidnapping was conveyed to the father, he fell down unconscious.
  35. Count on – to depend on: I don’t count on the help of my friends, I always try to do my work myself 
  36. Deprive of – to prevent someone from having or doing something: We were deprived of our trip to the mountains because of bad weather. 
  37. Desire for: A saint has no desire for worldly pleasures
  38. Desirous of – to have a desire for: I am desirous of getting an engineering degree from Japan 
  39. Despair of – to have a feeling of hopelessness: He began to despair of ever finding a good job.
  40. Devote to – to give to: I devote all my spare time to learning computers. To be devoted to is to be faithful to: We should all be devoted to the idea of communal harmony. 
  41. Differ from – to be unlike: Ice differs from snow. (things differ from each other)
  42. Differ with – to disagree with: I differ with my father on the value of television programs. 
  43. Differ on/over — to disagree on some point, issue: The Principal and the Vice-Principal differ on/over most of the issues.
  44. Distinguish between, from— to distinguish is to tell the difference: We distinguish between two things. We distinguish one thing from another: Very few people can distinguish between right and wrong. Can you distinguish a metal from a non-metal? 
  45. Eligible for— fit to be selected for: Only science graduates are eligible for this post.
  46. Engaged to – to get engaged is to promise to marry: My sister has recently got engaged to a chartered accountant. 
  47. Engaged in – taking part in; being busy in: Next week we shall be engaged in rehearsals.
  48. Envious of— feeling unhappy because one wants to get something somebody else has: Feeling envious of her cousin because of her brilliant result, she also started working very hard.
  49. Exempt from – free from: Those who were taking part in inter school tour name were exempt from end-term tests
  50. Favorable to: The court’s decision was favorable to us.
  51. Furnish with – to supply with: Please furnish me with all the details of the case. 
  52. Get over – to overcome to recover from: She took pains to get over her shyness
  53. Gifted with – blessed with: If you are gifted with a good hard work will help you to show a good result memory, even a lite.
  54. Grieve at – to feel sad about: It is no use grieving at what we have lost. 
  55. Grumble about – to complain about: The peon is always grumbling about poor salary he is paid.
  56. Heedless of without– caring for: Our soldiers stuck to their positions heedless the consequences 
  57. Heir to– Sri Rama was declared heir to the throne.
  58. Ignorant of – having no knowledge of: If you are ignorant of law, you can be easily cheated
  59. Indebted to a person for a favor – obliged to a person for some kindness I am indebted to my teachers for my good performance
  60. Indifferent to – heedless of unconcerned with: We should try to be indifferent to both flattery and criticism 
  61. Injurious to – harmful to: Smoking is considered to be very injurious to health 
  62. Introduce a person to another: Let me introduce you to the members of my family
  63. Involved in – to be busy with Right now I am fully involved in my studies.
  64. Irrelevant to–  having no concern with In your examination, you should not write anything irrelevant to the question.
  65. Keen on– eager for Many modern girls are keen on learning martial arts. 66. Marvel at – to wonder at: At Manali, I simply marveled at the beauty of nature
  66. Meddle in – to interfere in: It is not a good habit to meddle in others affairs.
  67. Moved with pity: We were moved with pity on seeing so many hungry children begging for food
  68. Obliged to a person for some favor: The parents were obliged to the police for restoring their lost child to them 
  69. Occupied with busy with (some people): Don’t disturb the doctor when he is occupied with his patients 
  70. Occupied in busy in (some work): These days Mrs Mehra is occupied in preparing a team for an inter-school debate. 
  71. Occur to – to come into one’s mind: Sometimes solutions to very ticklish problems occur to me when I am sleeping.


  1. Operate on: My fractured leg had to be operated on 
  2. Overcome with -to be totally controlled by, to be made helpless by: The old lady was so overcome with emotion that she could not control her tears 
  3. Painful to: It was painful to the commander to see his key posts being bombed 
  4. Part from a person: Parting from school friends can be a painful experience, 
  5. Part with a thing I can part with anything but my books
  6. Participate in – to take part in: It should be compulsory for every student to participate in games. 
  7. Persist in something – not to stop doing something If the workers persist in their demand for higher wages, the management will have to agree. 
  8. Prefer to – to like some person or thing more than another: These days people have started preferring herbal treatment to allopathic medicines.
  9. Preside over or at a meeting: The Education Minister of our state presided over the prize distribution function.
  10. (take) pride in: Mrs Suri takes pride in the beautiful roses she grows in her garden
  11. Pride oneself on Mrs Suri prides herself on beautiful roses she grows in her garden.
  12. Proud of Mrs Suri is proud of the beautiful roses she grows in her garden.
  13. Prohibit from – to prevent someone from: Children below ten years are prohibited from swimming in this pool.
  14. Recover from: The old lady hasn’t yet recovered from her illness. 
  15. Refer to: If you want to know the exact meaning of a word, refer to a good dictionary
  16. Refrain from to avoid doing something to stop doing something: We should refrain from talking in a library
  17. Relevant to: The arguments of the previous speaker were not relevant to the subject of the debate
  18. Rely on – to depend on: We cannot rely on a person in the habit of telling lies 
  19. Remind a person of something Shall I remind you of your promise or will you remember it yourself?
  20. Revolt against – to make a public protest against: Gandhiji decided to revolt against the unjust salt laws of the British government.
  21. Submit to– to give in to; to obey: The traders finally submitted to the new sales-tax rates. 
  22. Succeed in– The scientists succeeded in developing a telephone with a video screen attached to it
  23. Succeed to: Akbar succeeded to the throne at a very young age
  24. Superior to: Imported goods are no longer superior to the goods manufactured in our own country. 
  25. Supply to: I am sorry to point out that damaged goods have been supplied to us.


  1. Supply with: All students were supplied with new books at the beginning of the session
  2. Surprised at: We were surprised at Rosy’s brilliant result in the final examination for in the class she was thought to be an average student. 
  3. Surrender to – to yield to: When the soldiers ran out of ammunition the had to surrender to the enemy.
  4. Vain of – proud of: A person who is vain of being wise cannot be called wise. 
  5. Wait for a person or a thing: We kept waiting for the school bus for at least half an hour. 
  6. Wait on – to attend: We need a sincere and qualified nurse to wait on my old father. 
  7. Warn a person of something: The doctor warned him of the hazards of smoking. 
  8. Weary of – tired of: The farmer was weary of the hard work he had to put in the fields.
  9. Withdraw from: When he realized that he did not stand much chance of success. he withdrew from the election.
  10. Worthy of – deserving: The new novel written by Vikram Seth is worthy of all praise. 
  11. Yearn for – to long for; to want something very much: People living in big cities yearn for greenery.
  12. Yield to – to surrender to, to give in to: After a long battle, the army yielded to the invaders.

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