pan out: At this moment, no one can tell how the enterprise will pan out.
parallel to: There's never been any close parallel elsewhere to China's rate of economic growth.
part from: I had to part from Jill before the game ended.
part with: Our dog has given birth to six puppies; we're not going to part with any of them.
partake of: The guests partook of the ample food available at the gathering.


participate in: Everyone present was encouraged to participate in the discussions.
pass away: Grandpa passed away in his sleep.
pass by: The small child watched open-mouthed the parade passing by.
pass down: The centuries-old tradition still passes down from generation to generation.
pass for: My mother-in-law in mini-skirt could easily pass for a young girl.


pass in: He passes in his authorization card before leaving the office for the day.
pass off: There is no reason for me to pass myself off as anyone else.
pass on: You passed your cough on to me; see, I'm coughing now.
pass out: During a heavy drinking session, he suddenly passed out.
pass over: Jane threatened to resign when she was passed over for promotion.


pass up: I regret passing up the opportunity for promotion.
patch up: He's going to die so you had better patch up your quarrel with him.
pattern after: An ardent fan of Elvis Presley, he patterned his behaviour after him.
pay back: I'll pay him back for the highly critical comments he made about me.
pay for: Let's hope he will pay for the evil deed he committed.


pay off: I had to pay him off substantially to keep quiet about something I did.
pay out: A huge sum of money was paid out to the winner of the football pools jackpot.
pay up: I was told to pay up by Monday or have my car repossessed.
pep up: A brief round of aerobics pepped the participants up before the discussion.
perk up: They did some singing to perk up the atmosphere before they started the discussion.


perpetrate about: They perpetrated all sorts of malicious rumours about him
persevere in: She persevered in her studies to achieve the result she had hoped for.
persist in: Why do many people persist in believing mistakenly that UFOs are alien spaceships?
pertain to: Documents pertaining to the illegal transactions have been seized by police.
petition for: Local residents petitioned for better bus services.


pick off: The captive soldiers were picked off one by one for interrogation.
pick on: I don't think she likes me; she's always picking on me.
pick out: It's easy to pick out Rose's father in a crowd because he is exceptionally tall.
pick up: Andy picked up a number at random and won the first prize.
piece together: Investigators are piecing together evidence to uncover what caused the accident.


pile up: His debts piled up but he made no attempt to settle any of them.
pin down: He hints at his resignation but no one can pin him down on the exact date yet.
pin on: They pinned the blame on me although I didn't do anything wrong.
pine away: After his grandmother died, his grandfather pined away and died shortly after.
pine for: Months after their separation, Jill still pines for Jack.


pit against: Dean is ready to pit his skills against any serious competitors.
pitch in: Bob pitched in to help complete the project before the deadline.
pitch into: He would pitch into anyone who commented that he was uncooperative.
plan for: She plans for the future by saving considerably.
plan on: He planned on becoming the first athlete to win a gold medal for his school.


play along: He played along with her so as to gain a special favour.
play at: Children love to play at being Cowboys and Red Indians.
play back: I played back the tape-recorder to listen to my voice with a view to improving it.
play on: He's always playing on his friends' generosity to get free treats.
play up: A pro-government newspaper played up the resignation of an opposition's active member.


play up to: Many politicians are expert at playing up to voters' sentiments to gain their votes.
play with: Every day he spends at least an hour playing with his dog.
plead with: Jack pleaded with Jill not to leave her.
plunge into: A sudden blackout plunged the whole place into total darkness.
ply with: Our host plied us with excess food and drinks.


point at: It is not respectable to point at someone.
point out: The leader pointed out the things we should or shouldn't do while jungle trekking.
point to: The government pointed to the measures taken to lift the living standards of the people.
poke fun at: The kids at school poked fun at Adam's clothes.
polish off: David could easily polish off five sandwiches at one sitting.


polish up: I had better polish up my English before I visit London.
pore over: He spends hours poring over his vast collection of stamps.
pounce on/upon: The teacher was ever ready to pounce on any little mistake anyone of us made.
pray to: Every night the family prayed to God for good health and happiness.
predicate on: His success in his exams is predicated on his determination to succeed.


prefer to: I prefer red colour to any of the other colours for my car.
prepare for: How many of us prepare ourselves for every eventuality in life?
present to: They presented the best actress award to her before a live audience.
present with: They presented him with an outstanding achievement award.
preserve for: The large number of historical records is preserved for posterity.


preserve from: The tribe preserved corpses from decomposition by wrapping them in cloth.
preside over: A clergyman friend of the family presided over the funeral gathering.
press for: The opposition pressed the government for the release of the political detainees.
press on: Reporters pressed him further on the issue.
prevail on/upon: Jill finally prevailed on Jack to attend the dog show.


prevent from: The new legislation was to prevent whistleblowers from being publicly identified.
prey on/upon: It was so moving to watch on television a lion preying on a deer.
price out: The dentist has priced himself out of business by charging too heavily for his services.
pride (oneself) on: The parents prided themselves on their child's achievement.
proceed with: The protesters were not allowed to proceed with their political speeches.


produce from: They produce wine from grapes.
profit from: I profit immensely from reading biographies of famous people.
prohibit from: Nowadays people are prohibited from smoking in many areas.
propose to: At the meeting, he proposed measures to enlarge the club membership.
protect from: The legislation is to protect public property from vandalism.


protest against: The demonstration was organized to protest against police brutality.
prove toProve to me what you said that you can make a rabbit disappear.
provide for: Many people have not taken measures to provide for their old age.
provide with: The evacuees were provided with tents, blankets, and other necessities.
provoke to: What he did is certain to provoke them to retaliate.


pry into: Continual prying into other people's private affairs will get him into trouble soon.
pull ahead: He was leading all the way until a fellow competitor pulled ahead of him.
pull apart: They pulled the two fighting cocks apart to end the cockfighting contest..
pull at: She pulled at her mother's coat sleeve.
pull away: He pulled away from the car park and sped down the highway.


pull down: They had to pull down the old disused crumbling building.
pull in: The train pulled in just as we arrived at the station.
pull off: Three men pulled off the biggest bank robbery in town.
pull out: They pulled out of the business deal when they sensed something amiss.
pull over: The policeman waved me to pull my car over.


pull through: He was badly injured in a road accident but he finally pulled through.
pull up: He pulled up at the side of the road to park.
punish for: The serial killer will be severely punished for his crimes.
purchase from: We purchased some statuettes from a souvenir shop at the tourist resort.
purge from: All dissidents were purged from the party.


put across: The leader put his proposals across to the grass roots members.
put aside: Every month she puts aside a little money for future use.
put away: The boys rushed to put away the scattered toys when they heard their mummy is home.
put by: I'm putting some money by each month for a new camera.
put down: The public demonstration was brutally put down by troop.


put in: Every day I have to put in extra time to complete it before the deadline.
put off: Don't put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
put on: Despite her hurt feelings she put on a smiling face.
put out: The firemen took hours to put out the huge fire.
put through: John's parents managed to put him and his siblings through university.


put to: After the speeches were delivered, we were allowed to put questions to the speakers.
put up: Despite being an underdog, the team put up an outstanding performance.
put up with: I think I'm not going to put up with my nagging wife any longer.
puzzle about/over: We were puzzled about her enigmatic remark.
puzzle out: We can't puzzle out why she left suddenly and has not called.


qualify for: So far, only three teams have qualified for the finals.
quarrel about: No one knows what the twins are quarrelling about.
quarrel with: These twins can never stop quarrelling with each other.
query about: The auditors queried the company's accountants about their financial statement.
question about: The police questioned him about his whereabouts on the night of the murder.


rage about/against: Joe raged against the bureaucratic and corrupt system.
rail against/at: Mary has been railing against the unjust system.
range from: The bookstore is selling books at prices ranging from about $5 to $500.
rank as/with: His performances rank him as one of the top five players in the country.
rate as: He is generally rated as one of the best writers of this century.


reach for: He was shot dead by the police before he could reach for his gun.
react to: Her boss reacted favourably to her decision to resign.
read about/of: Have you read the latest news about a man with three eyes?
read in: I read that rags-to-riches story in a magazine.
read to: I used to read to you when you were a child.


read for: She's reading for a degree in economics at one of the universities.
read out: He read out the speech on behalf of the Prime Minister who is overseas.
read through/over: I read through the passage for him and discovered some mistakes.
read up: I have to read up on the subject before the discussion tomorrow.
reason with: I tried to reason with her but she wouldn't listen.


rebel against: Those who rebelled against the government were captured and executed.
reckon on: We didn't reckon on the shop charging handling charges.
reckon with: They didn't reckon with a puncture when they went for a drive.
recommend to: I definitely recommend this book to those of you interested in raising hamsters.
reconcile to: You must reconcile yourself to the death of your daughter.


recover from: Mrs. Dean has yet to recover fully from her husband's death.
recuperate from: She went to stay with her daughter to recuperate from her operation.
reduce to: Modern medical treatment has reduced death from tuberculosis to a minimum.
reel off: May reels off a list of things to buy.
refer to: We had to refer to our map when we lost our way in the city.


reflect on: A series of burglaries at the building reflects on its lax security against break-ins.
refrain from: The nurse asked me to refrain from using my cell phone.
regard as: The team's last performance was regarded as the best ever .
reign over: The king reigned over the country for many years.
relate to: Can we relate an aging population to a low economic growth.


release from: He was released unconditionally from police detention.
relieve of: The officer was relieved of his command on disciplinary grounds.
rely on/upon: Landlocked countries rely on other countries for their export and import of goods.
remark on: Friends at the party remarked on her new hairstyle.
remind of: The song reminds him of his former girlfriend.


remove from: He was removed from office for sexual misconduct.
reply to: Why should I reply to those baseless allegations?
report back: He reported back that the violence had escalated.
report on: His newspaper sent him to Africa to report on the situation in Zimbabwe.
report to: We were told to report to the new manager tomorrow.


reprimand for: He was reprimanded for his negligence in duty.
reproach for: The teacher reproached them for not completing their homework.
request for: She likes to request for songs to be played on some radio programs
rescue from: Dogs and cats were also rescued from the burning building.
reserve for: They reserved the three front rows of seats for VIPs.


reside in: The family resides in the suburb.
resort to: Ben became desperate and resorted to begging for money.
respond to: His illness failed to respond to the treatment.
rest on: The success in selling rests solely on the marketing manager.
restrain from: There were times I had to restrain myself from arguing with her.


result from: The accident resulted from his own carelessness.
result in: The new policy will result in the high turnover of staff.
result of: The tragedy was the result of failure to plan carefully.
retire from: He retired from his job for health reason.
return to: She never returned to me or to anybody any of the books she borrowed.


reveal to: Jan never revealed her origins to anybody.
revenge on: Jane seems intent on revenging herself on her husband for his disloyalty.
revert to: Now we are talking about something else; let's revert to the original subject.
revolt against: A revolt against the leadership in the party has broken out.
reward for: He was rewarded for providing information that led to the arrest of the culprit.


reward with: She rewarded me with a kiss.
rid of: She made a police report, hoping to rid herself of the stalker.
ring back: I've called her ten times and she has yet to ring back.
ring in: He rang in to inform that he had broken his leg.
ring off: After a long conversation, we agreed to ring off.


ring up: I ring her up at least twice a week.
rise against: The people rose in rebellion against the dictatorial government.
rise from: From a distance, we could see smoke rising from chimneys.
rival in: Our best players simply cannot rival our opponents in stamina.
rob of: The bus was hijacked and the passengers were robbed of all their possessions.


root in: The plants were rooted firmly in the hard earth and it wasn't easy to just pull them out.
rope in: We roped in a few more guys to help with the campaign.
round out: We rounded out the drinking session by having supper at a restaurant.
round up: Police rounded up the remaining troublemakers.
rub in: I know I've made an embarrassing mistake, so why has he to keep rubbing it in?


rule on: The judge will shortly rule on who will get custody of the child.
rule out: The government has ruled out the abolition or even revision of the Act.
rule over: The absolute ruler ruled over a large empire.
run across: Unfortunately, I ran across my ex this morning.
run after: She is so attractive that I can't help wanting to run after her.


run against: He intends to run against his father in the by-election.
run along: I've something to do; I'd better run along.
run away: We decide to run away together to get married.
run down: He habitually runs you down - probably out of jealousy.
run for: The villagers ran for their lives when there was a sudden volcanic eruption.


run into: I ran into my former wife last night.
run off: Her husband ran off with a younger woman.
run on: The practice session was supposed to end at 10 o'clock, but ran on until 11 o'clock.
run out: I felt like screaming at him when my patience ran out.
run out of: I can't post my letters now; I've run out of stamps.


run out on: She deeply regrets running out on her parents a few months ago.
run over: My dog was run over by a taxi and died shortly after.
run through: Let's run through the solutions to the exercises again.
run to: The mechanic is overcharging me; how could my car repair bill run to a hundred dollars?
run up: Have to get rid of the phone; they have run up the phone bill to such a huge amount.


run up against: They have to stop work as they ran up against some unforeseen problems.
rush around: We rushed around informing all the members of the last-minute cancellation.
rush into: John regrets rushing into that venture without careful thought.
rush out: The manufacturer is rushing out the novelties for the festive season.
rush through: The staff rushed through the paper work to meet the deadline.