Unit 136. Verb + preposition 5. In / into / with / to / on

Unit 136- Part A


galka.jpgVerb + in
believe IN …

      Do you believe in God?  (= Do you believe that God exists?)
      I believe in saying what I think.
  (= I believe it is right to say what I think)

but 
  ‘believe something’ (= believe it is true), ‘believe somebody’ (= believe they are telling the truth)
      The story can’t be true. I don’t believe it (not believe in it)

specialise IN …

      Helen is a lawyer. She specialises in company law.


succeed IN …

      I hope you succeed in finding the job you want.

Unit 136- Part B


galka.jpgVerb + into
break INTO…
      Our house was broken into a few days ago, but nothing was stolen.


crash / drive / bump / run INTO …

      He lost control of the car and crashed into a wall.


divide / cut / split
something INTO two or more parts
      The book is divided into three parts.

translate
a book
etc. FROM one language INTO another
      Ernest Hemingway’s books have been translated into many languages.

Unit 136- Part C


galka.jpgVerb + with
collide WITH …

      There was an accident this morning. A bus collided with a car.


fill
something WITH … (but full of …  see Unit 131B)
      Take this saucepan and fill it with water.

provide / supply
somebody WITH …
      The school provides all its students with books.

Unit 136- Part D


galka.jpgVerb + to
happen TO …

      What happened to that gold watch you used to have? 
(= where is it now?)

invite
somebody TO a party / a wedding etc.
      They only invited a few people to their wedding.


prefer
one thing/person TO another

      I prefer tea to coffee

Unit 136- Part E


galka.jpgVerb + on
concentrate ON …

      Don’t look out of the window. Concentrate on your work.


insist ON …

      I wanted to go alone, but some friends of mine insisted on coming with me.


spend
(money) ON …
      How much do you spend on food each week?

Exercises

{slide=1 Complete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first.}flag.jpgComplete the second sentence so that it means the same as the first.
{tooltip}Key.{end-link}2    I prefer small towns to big cities.
3    Jane provided me with all the information I needed.
4    This morning I spent £70 on a pair of shoes.{end-tooltip}

1    There was a collision between a bus and a car.
      A bus collided    with a car  .   
2    I don’t mind big cities, but I prefer small towns.
      I prefer ____________________________.
3    I got all the information I needed from Jane.
      Jane provided me ____________________________.
4    This morning I bought a pair of shoes, which cost £70.
      This morning I spent ____________________________.

{/slide} {slide=2 Complete the sentences using the following verbs.}flag.jpgComplete the sentences using the following verbs (in the correct form) + the correct preposition:
{tooltip}Key.{end-link}2    happened to
3    invited to
4    divided into
5    believe in
6    fill it with
7    drove into
8    Concentrate on
9    succeeded in{end-tooltip}

{xtypo_rounded3}believe       concentrate       divide       drive       fill        happen        insist    invite       succeed{/xtypo_rounded3}

1    I wanted to go alone, but Sue    insisted on    coming with me.
2    I haven’t seen Mike for ages. I wonder what has ___________________ him.
3    We’ve been ___________________ the party, but unfortunately we can’t go.
4    It’s a very large house. It’s ___________________ four flats.
5    I don’t ___________________ ghosts. I think people only imagine that they see them.
6    Steve gave me an empty bucket and told me to ___________________ it ___________________ water.
7    I was driving along when the car in front of me stopped suddenly. Unfortunately I couldn’t stop in time and ___________________ the back of it.
8    Don’t try and do two things together. ___________________ one thing at a time.
9    It wasn’t easy, but in the end we ___________________ finding a solution to the problem.

{/slide} {slide=3 Put in the correct preposition.}flag.jpgPut in the correct preposition. If the sentence is already complete, leave the space empty.
{tooltip}Key.{end-link}2    to   
3    on           
4    in           
5    to           
6    in           
7    with           
8    into           
9    in           
10  on           
11  into           
12  to           
13  –           
14  into           
15  on           
16  from one language into another
17  happened to … spend it on
18  into           
19  with {end-tooltip}

1    The school provides all its students    with     books.
2    A strange thing happened _______ me a few days ago.
3    Mark decided to give up sport so that he could concentrate _______ his studies.
4    I don’t believe _______ working very hard. It’s not worth it.
5    My present job isn’t wonderful, but I prefer it _______ what I did before.
6    I hope you succeed _______ getting what you want.
7    As I was coming out of the room, I collided _______ somebody who was coming in.
8    There was an awful noise as the car crashed _______ a tree.
9    Patrick is a photographer. He specialises _______ sports photography.
10  Do you spend much money _______ clothes?
11  The country is divided _______ six regions.
12  I prefer travelling by train _______ driving. It’s much more pleasant.
13  I was amazed when Joe walked into the room. I couldn’t believe _______ it.
14  Somebody broke _______ my car and stole the radio.
15  I was quite cold, but Tom insisted _______ having the window open.
16  Some words are difficult to translate _______ one language _______ another.
17  What happened _______ the money I lent you? What did you spend it _______ ?
18  The teacher decided to split the class _______ four groups.
19  I filled the tank, but unfortunately I filled it _______ the wrong kind of petrol.

{/slide} {slide=4 Use your own ideas to complete these sentences.}flag.jpgUse your own ideas to complete these sentences. Use a preposition.
{tooltip}Key.{end-link}Example answers:
2    on CDs
3    into a wall
4    to volleyball
5    into many languages{end-tooltip}

1    I wanted to go out alone, but my friend insisted    on coming with me   .   
2    I spend a lot of money _______________________.
3    I saw the accident. The car crashed _______________________.
4    Chris prefers basketball _______________________.
5    Shakespeare’s plays have been translated _______________________.

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