It often happens that we fall short of words, that words fail us, that we want to say something but people are unable to understand us or get the gist of what we want to say. Or we commit grammatical errors of the magnitude that people raise their eyebrows and are provoked to correct us. Well, no-one likes to be corrected, yet no-one wants to become a laughing stock. Hence, we have curated a list of certain verbs and the possible prepositions one can use with them
We often commit the mistake of saying married (with)
Anushka is married with Virat
Which in its essence is true, but the grammar used here is wrong.
The correct sentence formation would be:
Anushka is married TO Virat.
Ananya is married TO Anand.
Stare is a word where the preposition often confuses us; we find it extremely difficult to pair it with an apt word.
People often say:
He stared on me for 10 straight minutes
He was staring me for 10 straight minutes
Which are BOTH WRONG, the correct usage would be:
He stared AT me for 10 straight minutes.
Look is the most confusing word of them all; it is used with several prepositions to give out various meanings, some of which are:
a. LOOK AT
Shanaya was looking AT Rahul
(It means that Rahul was being looked at by Shanaya, which means that Shanaya was observing Rahul, maybe because he was doing cartwheels, maybe because he was smoking a cigarette. (Nobody will ever find out))
b. LOOK AFTER
Shanaya was looking AFTER Rahul
(This sentence clearly means that Shanaya is taking care of Rahul, maybe Rahul is her little brother and Shanaya is trying to protect him from harm and foul.)
c. LOOK FOR
Shanaya was looking FOR Rahul
(Now this means that maybe like old Bollywood movies, Shanaya and Rahul are twins who were separated at the Kumbh Fair because according to this sentence Shanaya is trying to find Rahul.)
d. LOOK INTO
Shanaya is looking INTO the matter
(Here, it is clearly defined that Shanaya is looking into some situation and she is trying to find a solution for it. She is neither observing the situation nor is she trying to find the situation, she is trying to solve it.)
While using the verb ‘Sit’ we have the option to explore various fronts because sitting is one of the most done things, we sit while studying, we sit while eating, we sit in corners while attending parties and sometimes we also sleep while sitting.
So here it goes:
Ananya sits ON the stool; you can sit ON the chair.
Anahita was sitting IN the Library, while I was sitting IN the cafeteria.
Rahul is sitting BESIDE his uncle, you can sit ACROSS him.
I don’t sit NEAR the windows because I feel cold.
I want to sit INSIDE the restaurant and not on the front porch.
Shanya was sitting BETWEEN Reena and Sheetal.
We often get confused while using the word ‘meet’ and panic while phrasing our sentences, which is why we commit errors like:
I met to Rahul on Sunday, did you meet with him as well?
THIS IS WRONG. Why you ask? Well, we never follow meet/met with a pronunciation when talking about a person. We always say:
I met Rahul on Sunday, did you meet him as well?
I am meeting Rahul on Sunday, did you plan to meet him as well?
But, when we speak of accidents, we use WITH as the prepositions.
When I met Rahul yesterday, we met WITH an accident.
Using and practicing these words (verbs along with their prepositions) can help you speak more fluently and look more confident. Having a strong command over rules is the stepping stone towards having a strong fluency on the language.