Grammar: Dependent Prepositions

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What are Dependent Prepositions in English Grammar?

Dependent prepositions in English grammar are prepositions that must follow certain verbs, adjectives, or nouns to make the phrase sound correct and natural. These combinations often do not follow a specific rule, so they need to be learned by heart. For example, verbs like "depend," "believe," and "apologize" usually go with the prepositions "on," "in," and "for," forming phrases like "depend on," "believe in," and "apologize for." Similarly, adjectives such as "afraid," "good," and "interested" are often paired with "of," "at," and "in," creating expressions like "afraid of," "good at," and "interested in."

Using the right dependent prepositions is important for clear communication. If you use the wrong preposition, the sentence can sound strange or be misunderstood. For instance, "depend in" is incorrect, while "depend on" is correct. Other examples include "listen to music," "succeed in her career," "afraid of spiders," and "good at math." Practicing these combinations will help you use them naturally in both writing and speaking, making your English more accurate and easier to understand.

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