Verb + “About” / “For” / “Of” / “After”

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Welcome to your Verb + “About” / “For” / “Of” / “After” lesson! In this topic we talk about:
• Verb + “About”
Care About, Care For, Take Care Of
• Verb + “For”
Look + “For” / “After”
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Verb + “About”

Here are a few expressions that follow this structure:

  • Talk / read / know “about”:

“They talked about the weather.”

  • Tell somebody “about”:

“Don’t forget to tell her about the party.”

  • Do something “about”:

“If . you don’t like your job, do something about it.”

  • Have a discussion “about” something or Discuss something (no preposition):

“We had a discussion about the situation.”

“We discussed the situation.”

Care About, Care For, Take Care Of

Care “about” somebody / something means “think that somebody or something is important”:

“He’s so selfish, he doesn’t care about anybody but himself.”

  • Care “what” / “where” / “how” (no preposition):

“Just fix the problem, I don’t care how.”

  • Care “for” somebody / something (meaning “like something”. Usually used in questions and negative sentences):

“Would you care for a cup of tea?”

“I don’t care for cricket.”

  • Care “for” somebody / something (meaning “look after somebody”)

“My grandmother lives alone, she needs somebody to care for her.”

  • Take care “of” (meaning “look after”):

“Have a great weekend, take care of yourselves!”

Verb + “For”

Here are a few expressions that follow this structure:

  • Ask somebody “for” something:

“I wrote Lucy a mail, and asked her for more information.”

  • Ask can also be used without a preposition:

“I asked him his name.”

  • Apply “for” a job:

“You should apply for a position at the shop.”

  • You can also say Apply “to” somebody / a company:

“You should apply to the shop.”

  • Wait “for” somebody / something:

“Let’s not wait for him if he takes too long.”

  • Search “for” something:

“I’ve searched my office for the file, but I didn’t find it.”

  • Leave “for” somewhere:

“She left for work at seven this morning.”

Look + “For” / “After”

  • Look “for” somethingsomebody (try to find):

“Can you help me look for the cat?”

  • Look “after” something / somebody (take care of):

“You can borrow my car, but please look after it.”

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