September 30th, 2013 in English Learning
Some verbs, adjectives and nouns are followed by the preposition to. For example, we say object to, not object for. Note that the preposition to should be followed by an –ing form, not an infinitive.
- He has taken a fancy to collecting stamps. (NOT He has taken a fancy to collect stamps.)
- She objected to my entering her room. (NOT She objected to my enter her room.)
Here is a list of common words followed by the preposition to.
I am sorry I can’t accede to your request.
We rejected the offer because it was not acceptable to us.
People living in many parts of the world still do not have access to electricity.
You must know how to adapt yourself to changing circumstances.
He is addicted to gambling.
The hotel is adjacent to the post office.
He has been admitted to the medical college.
This institution is affiliated to the University of Mumbai.
Have you performed the task allotted to you?
She is anxious to hear from her sister.
You must apologize to him for your rudeness.
She appealed to the passersby for help.
The best candidate should be appointed to the post.
Regular exercise is beneficial to health.
The indulgent mother is blind to her children’s faults.
His house is close to the market.
He was confined to his bed by illness.
I cannot consent to your proposal.
He was deaf to our requests.
He is a disgrace to his family.
The delay was due to an engine problem.
She is engaged to a young businessman.
He has taken a fancy to growing vegetables.
She is heir to a huge business empire.
He has been hostile to me right from the beginning.
The stoic is indifferent to pleasure and pain.
We have invited them to dinner.
Don’t jump to any conclusion before verifying the facts.
Keep to the right.