Unit 130 Verb + Preposition 2 | about/for/of/after

 동사 + 전치사  2

  A     Verb + about

  • talk / read / know ABOUT . . . , tell somebody ABOUT . . .
    • We talked about a lot of things at the meeting.
    have a discussion about something, but discuss something (no preposition)
    • We had a discussion about what we should do.
    • We discussed a lot of things at the meeting. (not discussed about)
    do something ABOUT something = do something to improve a bad situation
    • If you’re worried about the problem, you should do something about it.

  B     Care about, care for, and take care of

  • care ABOUT somebody/something = think that somebody/something is important
    • He’s very selfish. He doesn’t care about other people.
    We say care what/where/how . . . , etc. (without about)
    • You can do what you like. I don’t care what you do.
    care FOR somebody/something
    (1) = like something (usually in questions and negative sentences)
    • Would you care for a cup of coffee? (= Would you like . . . ?)
    • I don’t care for very hot weather. (= I don’t like . . .)
    (2) = make sure somebody is safe and well
    • Alan is 85 and lives alone. He needs somebody to care for him.
    take care OF . . . = make sure somebody/something stays safe or in good condition, take responsibility for something
    • John gave up his job to take care of his elderly parents.
    • I’ll take care of all the travel arrangements – you don’t need to do anything.

  C     Verb + for

  • ask (somebody) FOR . . .
    • I wrote to the company asking them for more information about the job.  but
      “I asked him the way to . . . ,”   “She asked me my name.” (no preposition)
    apply (TO a person, a company, etc) FOR a job, etc.
    • I think you’d be good at this job. Why don’t you apply for it?
    wait FOR . . .
    • Don’t wait for me. I’ll see you later.
    • I’m not going out yet. I’m waiting for the rain to stop.
    search (a person / a place / a bag, etc.) FOR . . .
    • I’ve searched the house for my keys, but I still can’t find them.
    leave (a place) FOR another place
    • I haven’t seen her since she left (home) for the office this morning. (not left to the office)

  D     Look for and look after

  • look FOR . . . = search for, try to find
    • I’ve lost my keys. Can you help me look for them?
    look AFTER . . . = take care of
    • Alan is 85 and lives alone. He need somebody to look after him. (not look for)
    • You can borrow this book if you promise to look after it.

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