Some verbs are usually followed by prepositions before the object of the verb. These are called dependent prepositions and they are followed by a noun or a gerund (‘ing’ form).
• He’s waiting for a bus.
For is the dependent preposition for ‘wait’
We can use other prepositions with ‘wait’ – e.g. He waited at the bus stop – but ‘for’ is the dependent preposition.
我们能用其他介词和wait搭配，例如He waited at the bus stop ，但是for是依存介词。
Here are some other verbs with their dependent prepositions.
Verbs with ‘for’ 和for搭配的动词• He apologised for being late. You can also ‘apologise to someone’
• I applied for the job but I didn’t get it.
• How do you ask for a coffee in Polish?
• She spent many years caring for her aged parents.
• I can’t go out tonight because I have to prepare for my interview tomorrow.
和from搭配的动词• This spray should protect you from mosquitoes.
• Has he recovered from his illness yet?
• He won an award because he saved someone from drowning.
• I suffer from hay fever.
• She believes in ghosts.
• Our company specialises in computer software.
• You have to work hard if you want to succeed in life.
• I don’t approve of your language, young man.
• Our dog died of old age.
• This shampoo smells of bananas.
和on搭配的动词• The film is based on the novel by Boris Pasternak.
• If you make so much noise I can’t concentrate on my work.
• Come on! We’re relying on you!
• We don’t agree on anything but we’re good friends.
• Can I introduce you to my wife?
• Please refer to the notes at the end for more information.
• Nobody responded to my complaint.
• I agree with everything you’ve said.
• My secretary will provide you with more information if you need it.
There are many more verb + dependent preposition combinations – make a note of them as you meet them.