Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 43 Prepositions after verbs (1)

What verbs are followed by the preposition ‘about’?
What verbs are followed by the preposition ‘on’?
What preposition follows the verb ‘learn/know about’?
What preposition follows the verb ‘ask/inquire’?

Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 43 Prepositions after verbs (1)

  •  We use about and on to mean ‘concerning’ or ‘on the subject of’. We use about, not on, with the verbs argue, complain, find out, joke, know, protest, quarrel, read, teach (someone), tell (someone), worry, ask, inquire, learn, think, hear etc.
  •  We use on, not about, with the verbs comment, concentrate, focus, insist, reflect (=think).
  •  We use either about or of with the verbs learn and know to talk about something that happens to somebody or something. About is more usual.
  •  However, we use learn/know about (not ‘of’) when we talk about a particular subject that we study.
  •  We use after with ask/enquire after when we ask about someone (but not, ‘something‘) especially concerning health or well-being.
  •  We enquire into (but not, ask into) some event, person or organization to find out facts in order to investigate them.

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