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able able + infinitive Tom is able to play the guitar with his toes.
access access to Steve never has access to his dad's bank account.
act act as Tom acts as a scout for GQ here in South America.
agree agree on + noun We agreed on the plan.
agree agree on + gerund We agreed on going to town.
agree agree to We agreed to go away.
aid aid + person/thing The magnifying glass aided his search.
allows allows for Your schedule does not allow for much time.
appeal appeal to He wants to appeal to my good sense.
*as....as *as....as She is as tired as I am.
ask ask + infinitive He asked to go home.
ask ask + person + infinitive He asked me to go home.
*associate *associate with We never associate with Steve - he is far too tacky!
*attribute *attribute to His tackiness can be attributed to too many comic books as a child.
*base *base on I think that the movie Star Wars is based on a true story.
begin begin + infinitive It soon began to rain.
boom boom in There was a boom in the sale of yellow polka-dot bikinis as soon as Natalia Paris tried one on.
built built by The Avro Arrow was built by proud Canadians.
care care about Who cares about that?
care care for I don't care for your tone.
centers centers on + person/thing The story centers on the struggle for meaning in a chaotic universe.
choose choose + infinitive I do it because I choose to do it.
composed to be + composed of + thing The atom is composed of various parts.
consistent consistent with Your story is not consistent with Joel's story.
contend contend that Joel contends that you are lying.
*consider *consider + person/thing I consider you a friend.
continue continue + infinitive If you continue to do that we will not be friends.
contrast contrast A with B If you contrast Bill with Bob, you find....
convert convert to The new device will convert matter to energy.
*compare *compare A to B Caliban is compared to a beast in Shakespeare's The Tempest.
(compare (compare to stresses similarities).
*compare *compare A with B Compared with you, I cannot sing well at all.
(compare (compare with stresses differences).
*count *count on + person/thing I count on you for the correct answers.
credit to credit with Columbus is credited with discovering the Americas.
give give credit for I have to give you credit for working so hard.
danger are in danger of + gerund The robber was in danger of being captured.
decide decide + infinitive We decided to leave the party early.
decide decide on + thing/person We decided on the all-meat pizza.
delighted delighted by Steve was delighted by the new findings.
depend depend on Steve depends on Joel for financial support.
*different *different from Canadians are very different from Americans.
difficult difficult + infinitive Steve finds it difficult to dance to Latin music.
disclose disclose to + person/organization Joel decided to disclose to the world the truth about Steve's crazy ideas.
*distinguish *distinguish between X and Y I want to distinguish between London and Paris.
*distinguish *distinguish X from Y If you distinguish London from Paris....
draw draw on (take out) Unlike Felix, Steve can draw on funds from Joel's bank account.
draw draw + thing The tattoo artist drew a lovely flower on Joel's left bicep.
drawn to be drawn to + thing/person Women are drawn to Steve's bulging muscles.
*dream *dream of/about Natalia Paris often dreams about Steve.
dwindle dwindle from Mr. Bolton's bank account dwindled from one thousand dollars to less than half that in less than a week.
easy easy to It's easy to see why Mark is so popular.
elect elect to Mark will be elected to the Congress in 2016.
elect elect + person We elected Steve as our office "gopher".
emerges emerges from The snail emerges from its shell.
*enable *enable + person + infinitive My job enables me to travel.
*encourage *encourage + person + infinitive We encouraged him to paint.
escape escape from Steve wishes to escape from grinding poverty.
essential to be + essential to + person/thing Coffee is essential to me, especially in the morning.
except except for + person/thing Everyone is here except for the teacher.
except except for + gerund Except for being handsome, he wasn't very special.
explain explain to Juan explained to Steve the difference between salsa and merengue.
expose expose to Steve is exposed to intense ridicule every day of his life.
fail fail to We fail to see the humor in these sentences.
flee flee from Steve fled from their sharp criticisms.
*forbid *forbid to We forbid you to go.
force force + thing/person + infinitive This mishap forces me to plan ahead.
focus focus on + thing/person I want to focus on our mutual problem.
credit get credit for/give credit for I have to give you credit for your good work.
grow grow from Joel predicts that PrepForTests will grow from a small company to a major multinational within five years.
grow grow out of Steve grew out of his overalls just last year.
help help + thing/person + infinitive Music helps me to think.
indicate indicate that Studies indicate that people with gray hair are smarter than the majority.
indicate indicate to + person Steve's constant worrying over his gray hair indicates to me a serious self-esteem problem.
inherit inherit from Steve inherits his gray hair from his mother's family.
invest invest in Steve should invest in hair dye.
leads leads to Lack of exercise leads to obesity.
likelihood likelihood that In the likelihood that he comes to town...
localized localized in The pain is localized in my left foot.
manage manage to You've managed to screw this up again, Steve.
*make *make + thing/person + verb (simple form) Chocolate makes me think of Switzerland.
*mistake *mistake + thing/person + for I'm sorry. I mistook you for someone else.
*native *native to Penguins are native to the Antarctic.
native *a native of Steve is a native of Canada.
need need to Steve needs to think of some better sentences.
necessary to be + necessary + infinitive It is necessary to be creative.
not only not only...but also Derek is not only an old age pensioner but also a DJ.
originate originate in Liberalism, as we know it, originated in 17th century England.
*permit *permit + thing/person + infinitive Money permits us to live a comfortable life.
prized prized as Stephen is prized as a teacher in Bogota.
prized prized for Stephen is prized for his ability to dance the salsa.
*prohibit *prohibit from + gerund In school, we were prohibited from fighting.
promise promise of + thing The promise of success drove us to the mountain's peak.
promise promise to I promise to tell the truth more often - I swear.
published published by Sabih's first novel 'Love and the GMAT' is published by Penguin.
published published in Steve's first novel will be published in March.
*range *range from X to Y His clients range from multinationals to the smallest businesses.
refer refer to I wish to refer to the latest work by Foucault....
*regard *regard as She is regarded as an expert.
require require + thing/person + infinitive My work requires me to travel.
required required of + thing/person The GMAT is required of most students applying for admission to an MBA program.
resemble resemble + thing/person Steve resembles a young Charles Atlas.
results results in Rough play often results in injuries.
results results from Injuries often result from rough play.
rivalry rivalry between X and Y The rivalry between Joel and Enrique Iglesias is legendary.
rivals *the rivals X and Y The rivals Enrique and Joel quarreled often.
save save for Save for that inconvenience, the trip was a success.
save save from They saved me from another boring party.
seek seek + infinitive He seeks to save your soul.
seek seek + thing/person I seek the truth.
seem seem + infinitive You seem to be sleepy today.
sleep sleep with I can sleep with whoever I want!
speak speak to + person I spoke to my secretary about the report I wanted.
speak speak with + person I spoke with my colleague about the upcoming report.
take take advantage of Steve loves to take advantage of those around him.
teach teach + person + infinitive She taught Jim to dance.
teach teach + person + thing She taught Jim the lambada.
tell tell + person She told him that he was a terrible dancer.
tie tie to The rope is tied to the chair.
transmit transmit to We transmitted the e-mail to him.
use use + person/thing + infinitive I use a light to read.
used used + infinitive Years ago, he used to walk every day to work.
used to be + used to + gerund He is used to walking to work.
willing to be + willing + infinitive Fortunately, he was willing to help us.
will try will try to Cindy will try to improve next year.
Created by: ramandv on 2010-05-19



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