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CAMBRIDGE FIRST SERIES

USE OF ENGLISH DEPENDENT PREPOSITIONS

In the Cambridge First Exam, many times you will find in need of using dependent
prepositions. A dependent preposition is a preposition that always follows the same
expression; for example, we say interested in and not interested on or interested
about.

The reason why those are tested in the Cambridge First Exam is due to interference
with your mother tongue, as many times learners want to use the prepositions they
use in their mother tongue, instead of the one that is used in English.

There isnt an easy way to learn dependent prepositions, other than learning them
through reading texts, listening to real English and using them in your speaking and
your writing.

In the Cambridge First Exam this is specifically tested in the Use of English paper.

A clear example of exercise testing dependent prepositions is Part 2 of the Use of


English paper; the open cloze part.

Here is a list of the most common dependent prepositions you may find in the exam.

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TYPE 1: VERB + DEPENDENT PREPOSITIONS


accuse somebody of

blame somebody for

object to something

add to

comment on

agree with somebody

complain about

object to somebody doing


something

agree on something

concentrate on

aim at/for

congratulate on + verb (-ing)

apologise for
apply to a job / candidancy
(dis)approve of
argue with/about
arrest somebody for
attend to
believe in
belong to

praise somebody for


prevent s/o from
refer to

consent to

rely on

consist of

smile at

deal with

succeed in

decide on

stand for

excuse somebody for

thank somebody for

insist on

volunteer to

laugh at

warn somebody about

TYPE 2: ADJECTIVES + DEPENDENT PREPOSITIONS


according to

envious of

proud of

accustomed to

famous for

puzzled by/about

afraid of

fed up with

safe from

annoyed with/about/at

fond of

sensitive to(wards)

anxious about

frightened of

serious about

ashamed of

good at

sick of

astonished at

guilty of

similar to

aware of

incapable of

sorry for/about

crazy about

interested in

suspicious of

delighted at/about

jealous of

sympathetic to(wards)

different from

keen on

tired of

(dis)satisfied with

mad at/about

typical of

doubtful about

opposed to

unaware of

enthusiastic about

pleasedwith

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TYPE 3: NOUN - PREPOSITION COLLOCATIONS


(take) advantage of

in doubt

reduction in

in agreement

in (no/a) hurry

report on

all in all

increase in

result of

attack on

information about

rise in

attitude towards

(have no) intention of

at risk

on average

knowledge of

room for

on behalf of

(keep) in mind

on second thoughts

under (no) circumstances

need for

solution to

comparison between

(take no) notice of

at stake

on condition

under (no) obligation

on strike

connection between

(take)pleasure in

on suspicion of

cruelty towards

in power

under suspicion

decrease in

in practice

in theory

delay in

preference for

in trouble

difference between/of

protection from

trouble with

difficulty in/with

reaction to

use of

disadvantage of

reason for

on the whole

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PRACTICE EXERCISE: USE OF ENGLISH PART 2 -- OPEN CLOZE

Read the following extract from a brochure giving advice on taking an examination.
For questions 1-12, use a word which best fits in each space.
Use only one word in each space.
There is an example at the beginning (0).

Exam tips
When the day comes give yourself plenty of time (0) to do everything: have breakfast but don't
drink (1) _____ much; go to the toilet; arrive on time, but not too early or you will find yourself
getting more and more nervous while you wait to start. Try not to talk (2) _____ the exam
before you go in.
In the exam, calm (3) _____ down by breathing deeply and thinking positively. Read (4) _____
exam questions carefully and underline all of the key instruction words (5) _____ indicate how
the questions should (6) _____ answered. If possible start with the ones (7) _____ can do easily
to give you confidence. Remember what you've learnt from practising questions and doing
mock exams previously and plan your use of time. Don't panic (8) _____ everyone around you
seems to start writing furiously straight away and don't be tempted to follow their example.
Finally, after the exam, don't join in a discussion about (9) _____ everyone else did, (10) _____
you want to frighten yourself, and drain your self-confidence for the next exam. Above (11)
_____ remember that exams are not designed to catch you out, (12) _____ to find out what
you know, what you understand and what you can do.

YOU CAN PRINT THIS PAGE TO DO THE EXERCISE. THE ANSWERS WILL BE GIVEN TOMORROW

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