Words from A - Z

abandon to: They abandoned the village to the advancing army.
abide by: They have to abide by the health and safety regulations.
abound in: The cave abounds in bats.
abstain from: The delegates decided to abstain from voting.
accede to: She would not accede to parental pressure to get married.

acclimate to: The sooner she acclimates to living in this big city the better it is for her.
account for: Increasing disappearance of icebergs in the Arctic is accounted for by global warming.
accuse of: They accuse him of not telling the truth.
accustom to: It took quite a while for him to accustom himself to the cold climate.
acquaint with: Fred would like to get acquainted with the new neighbour's daughter.


acquit of: The jury acquitted him of murder.
act for: John is looking for an experienced lawyer to act for him.
act on: Acting on a tip-off, police launched a pre-dawn raid on a house.
adapt to: I find it hard to adapt myself to my new workplace.
adapt for: Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for children.


adapt from: The play had been adapted from a novel.
add to: Increase in fuel prices will add to the cost of the project.
adhere to: We have to make sure the guidelines are strictly adhered to.
adjust to: She took a while to get herself adjusted to her new surroundings.
admit to: He admitted to eating my pizza.


admit into: Those without tickets will not be admitted into the stadium.
advance towards: The army advanced rapidly towards the capital.
advise on: We appointed him to advise us on all financial matters.
advise to: The group members were advised to arrive early
affix to: Wong affixed the stamp to the wrong corner of the envelope.


afflict with: He's severely afflicted with an unknown disease.
agree on: They belong to different political parties, but they agree on almost everything.
agree to: She agreed to meet me only after I've apologized to her.
agree with: I don't like you but I agree entirely with what you have said.
aim at: The hunter aimed his gun at the elephant but did not shoot.


allude to: John often alluded to his difficulties with his mother-in-law.
alternate with: Jack and Jill alternated with each other in bathing the dog.
amazed at: We were amazed at her sudden change in attitude.
amount to: His decision amounts to an outright refusal.
answer for: David will have to answer for his impoliteness.


apologize for: He apologized for the awful thing he said.
appeal to: The organization appealed to the public for blood donation.
appear from: It appears from what he says that he did all the work.
apply to: The restrictions do not apply to foreigners.
approve of: His mother does not approve of his smoking.


argue against: He argued against inviting her to the party.
argue for: She argued for having her at the party.
argue with: Why do you argue with everybody including me?
arrange for: We have arranged for Bob to meet you at the airport.
arrive at: By the time we arrived at his place, he had already left.
ascribe to: Some ascribed his exemplary behaviour to his religious upbringing.
ask for: Paul got drunk and asked the police for money to take a taxi home.
aspire to: He aspired to a better position in life.
assent to: The members assented to the proposal without much debate.
assist in: He volunteered to assist me in organizing the festival.


associate with: His parents have been advising him to stop associating with those loafers.
atone for: She felt that she should do more good deeds to atone for her sin.
attend to: There were not enough salespersons to attend to the customers.
attribute to: He attributed his success to his wife's constant encouragement.
avail of: He always avails himself of every opportunity to complain about other people.


back down: The government backed down over the issue after widespread protests.
back off: They told him to back off after he put too much pressure on them.
back out: We were shocked when he backed out of the project at the last minute.
back up: The witnesses backed up his account of the incident.
balk at: Jim balked at doing what he has to do.


band against: The workers banded against the takeover of the business by an outsider.
bank on: We can bank on him leading us on the long trek.
bargain for: The union intends to bargain for a minimum wage.
bargain with: The retailer bargained with the wholesaler for bulk discounts.
base on/upon: The film is based on an actual event.


bear with: You should bear with his tempers while you are staying with him.
become of: I've not heard from her for quite sometime; what has become of her I wonder.
beg for: I beg for forgiveness from God for all the sins I've committed.
beg with: I beg with her that she will leave me for good.
begin by: The comedian began the show by performing the pigeon mating dance.


believe in: He believes in ghosts but does not believe in God.
benefit from: The whole of mankind has benefited from the advancements in science.
bequeath to: What her father bequeathed to her included a collection of rare stamps.
beset with: His journey across the desert was beset with all sorts of danger.
bestow on: The President bestowed a medal for bravery on him.


betray to: The leader was betrayed to the police by gang members.
beware of: We should always beware of pickpocket in crowded places.
blame for: He was unfairly blamed for something he did not do.
blow out: One of our tyres blew out while we were on our way to catch a train.
blow over: We waited until the storm blew over before continuing our journey.


blow up: A suicide bomber blew up a van carrying soldiers.
blush at: He blushes at the thought of befriending her.
boast about: Crocket always boasts about his knowledge of crocodiles.
boast of: He keeps boasting of his new wife.
boil away: The soup really boiled away; it's so much less now.


boil down to: What his endless arguments boil down to is that he wants others to believe him.
boil over: The discussion boiled over into a shouting match.
border on: His attitude towards foreigners often borders on hostility.
borrow from: Each time I borrow six books from the library.
bother about: I'm not really bothered about getting along with my mother-in-law.


bother with: Let's don't bother with waiting for a bus. Let's go by taxi.
brag about: He's always bragging about his newfound wealth.
brag of: Brain likes to brag of having the most beautiful girlfriend.
break away: Smaller pieces of ice broke away from the main iceberg and floated away.
break down: After ten years, their marriage broke down irretrievably leading to a divorce.


break into: They broke into a research laboratory and removed all the animals.
break of: She found it hard to break herself of biting nails.
break off: Jack broke off with Jill after only three months.
break out: A plan by some prisoners to break out of the prison was foiled by the prison guards.
break up: The police used tear gas to break up the protest demonstration.


bring about: Global warming will bring about changes in man's attitude towards the environment.
bring back: More and more people are advocating that the death penalty be brought back.
bring down: Corruption and bribery scandal had brought down the government.
bring forth: High-level corruption within the government brought forth deep shame.
bring forward: The matches have been brought forward to avoid the bad weather.


bring in: The police had to be brought in to settle a seemingly private dispute.
bring on/upon: There are people who bring misfortune upon themselves.
bring out: Disasters bring out the best in human nature when they volunteer in rescue operations.
bring together: What brought them together is their common interests.
bring up: The divorcee brought up her six children single-handedly.


brood over: She's still brooding over the separation between her and her husband.
brush off: The film star brushed off a rumour of his impending divorce.
brush up: I must brush up on my driving before I get a car.
build of: One of the three little pigs' houses was built of straw.
burden with: Mary burdens me with her troubles as if I have no problems of my own.


burn away: Fire burnt away the building leaving only the pillars standing.
burn down: By the time the firemen arrived, the fire had burnt the houses down.
burn out: The fire was too huge to be extinguished and had to be left to burn itself out.
burn up: The forest fire burnt up vast tracts of woodland.
burst into: The audience burst into laughter when the clown's foot slipped and he fell.


burst out: When the clown fell down, the audience of children burst out laughing.
buy into: That's your personal belief; I'm not buying into it.
buy off: The accused man's father tried to buy the judge off but was arrested.
buy out: He bought out some shareholders and now he has a controlling interest in the business.
buy up: Lee bought up a huge quantity of a scarce commodity in anticipation of its price increase.


call back: I have already called her ten times and she hasn't called back.
call for: The people are calling for a change of government.
call in: They tried to settle the matter without calling in the police.
call off: The couple called off their engagement by mutual consent.
call on: She's never in when I called on her.


call up: That was the first time he was called up to play for the national tem.
capitalize on: We capitalized on the opportunity to learn French when we were in France.
care about: All she cares about is talking about other people.
care for: Gray cared for her aged parents when they were alive.
carry on: When the rain started to fall, we carried on playing football as if nothing happened.


carry out: She got into trouble for not carrying out her assignment.
carry over: Leave not used up may be carried over into next year.
catch on: He became popular when his new song caught on very fast.
catch up: Having been ill for the last few days, I now have got to catch up on my studying.
catch up with: After all these years the law finally caught up with him.


cater to: That boutique caters to wealthy people.
caution about: The policeman cautioned him about his fast driving.
caution against: The zookeeper cautioned them against feeding the animals.
cede to: Alaska was ceded to the United States by Russia.
celebrated for: The country celebrated for its scenery, food and wine.


chagrin at: The football coach was chagrined at losing the match to a weaker team.
chance on/upon: I was very shocked to chance upon a decaying human body.
change for: There was joy when the weather took a sudden change for the better.
change into: The magician claimed he could change a man into a woman.
characterize by: Must we always characterize people by their appearances?


charge against: We are not allowed to charge personal expenditure against profits.
charge at: Last night I dreamed about ten rhinoceroses charging at me in a shopping mall.
charge for: I will not buy it if they charge for delivery.
charge in: A woman has been charged in connection with the bank robbery.
charge into: She charged into my room uninvited.


charge of: The son has charge of the factory while his father is away.
charge to: My wife charged all her shopping to my account.
charge with: They finally arrested the man and charged him with multiple murders.
check up on: He begins checking up on his wife after suspecting her unfaithfulness.
cheer up: Being with her cheers me up a lot.


choose between: She had to choose between giving up her career or hiring a nanny.
cite for: Lack of sleep was cited as the main reason for her frequent feelings of exhaustion.
clamour for: The crowd clamoured noisily for his instant resignation.
clean out: They have to clean out the attic before they move out.
clean up: The group of volunteers gathered to clean up the beach.


clear away: The children quickly cleared away all their toys before mum reached home.
clear of: We are clearing the blocked drain of debris.
clear off: Could you clear that clutter off your desk?
clear out: It's time to clear your bedroom out; it's cluttered up with piles of books and magazines.
clear up: The weather cleared up and we went for a drive along the coast.


cling to: The villagers still cling to old habits and traditions.
close down: The factory was forced to close down by falling demand for its products.
close in: The police are closing in on the gang's hideout.
close off: Two lanes were closed off due to an accident.
close out: The store is closing out a particular brand of shoes.


close up: The supermarket is closed up for renovation.
clutter up: My desk is always cluttered up with piles of papers, books and stationery.
coincide with: My view on this case coincides exactly with yours.
collect for: So far they have collected only a few signatures for the petition.
collide with: Her car collided with a taxi.


combine with: She successfully combines her career with family responsibilities.
come across: I came across a life-size bronze statue of a horse in an antique shop.
come about: How did it come about that we didn't meet when we're both there at the same time?
come along: I wanted to go to the cinema but nobody wanted to come along with me.
come apart: My glasses came apart when I accidentally dropped them.


come around: He came around after I showed him all the evidence.
come at: I dreamed he came at me with a dagger and demanded my wallet.
come back: He comes back from five-nil down to level at seven-all.
come between: He doesn't allow anything, not even his wife, to come between him and his work.
come by: Plum jobs are hard to come by these days.


come down: He just came down with a cold, so we have to postpone the trip.
come down on: Her parents really came down hard on her for playing truant.
come down to: When it comes down to her political beliefs, she is not prepared to compromise.
come for: You had better hide; they are coming for you.
come forward: No one has come forward to claim the first prize.


come from: He comes from a long line of actors.
come in: These small tools come in handy when we need them.
come into: She came into my life just at the right time.
come into being: It is believed the custom came into being some five hundred years ago.
come of: His persistent cough comes of smoking heavily.


come off: Despite all our efforts, the social gathering did not come off very well.
come upon: We came upon a headless corpse when we stepped into a disused mine.
come out: Despite the torture to extract information from him, not a word came out of his mouth.
come out of: The police combed the entire area for evidence, but nothing came out of it.
come out with: He came out with his own interpretation which is not entirely accurate.


come over: If you come over next week, we can do it together.
come round: I expected you to come round for the drinking session, but you didn't.
come to: She came to about an hour after he was admitted to the hospital.
come under: The politician came under widespread criticism for what he proposed.
come up: They intend to come up with a solution soon.


come up against: In parliament, he had to come up against experienced opposition members.
come up for: The proposal will come up for revision next week.
come upon: The police finally came upon the spot where the murder supposedly took place.
come up with: We welcome anybody who can come up with an alternative plan.
comment on: People are always commenting on my big ears.


commit to: He ought to be committed to a mental asylum for the way he behaves.
communicate with: I've learnt how to use sign language to communicate with the chimpanzee.
commute between: People commute daily between their home and workplace.
commute from:. His sentence was later commuted from death sentence to life imprisonment.
compare to: Compared to the monkey, our bodies are less hairy.


compensate for: The company will compensate you for the loss of a thumb.
compete with: Small independent shops find it hard to compete with the large supermarkets.
compete against: Businesses have to compete against each other to survive.
complain about: My mother-in-law always complains about the weather.
compliment on: Many members of the audience complimented her on her speech.


comply with: Most of the time we have to comply with regulations.
compose of: How many letters does the longest word compose of?
conceal from: He had to conceal the truth from his wife.
concede to: The candidate conceded victory to his opponent.
conceive of: It is rather difficult to conceive of a crime-free environment.


concentrate on: It is hard to concentrate on my reading with the dogs barking loudly outside.
concern about: Some parents do not show concern about what their children do.
concern with: She does not concern herself with other people's problems.
conclude by: He concluded his speech by thanking everyone for being present.
concur with: After the discussion, they concurred with each other on this issue.


condemn to: The criminal was condemned to death.
confer with: The councilors are conferring with each other to find a solution to the problem.
confer on: An honorary degree was conferred on him by the university.
confess to: He confessed to being a double agent.
confide in: She doe not trust anyone, so she confides in no one.


confine to: Dr Quack was confined to his room by a bout of flu.
confirm by: The public negative perception of the crisis was confirmed by the latest poll results.
conform to: The imported toys conform to the official safety standards.
confuse with: The teacher always confused one twin with the other – they look so alike.
congratulate on: They congratulate her on her superb performance on stage.


consent to: Her mother would not consent to her marriage.
consign to: The cases of wine have already been consigned to the wine merchant.
consist of: My life nowadays consists almost entirely of eating and sleeping.
consort with: He was suspected of consorting with the enemy.
consult about: She consulted her doctor about the painful lump on her nose.


contend with: Jack has to contend with a few others for the gold medal.
contract for: The company contracted for the supply of fuel.
contrast with: He contrasted his present girlfriend with his former one.
contribute to: Many people contributed generously to the building fund.
converge on: A huge crowd converged on the palace ground to listen to the President.


converse with: They find it hard to converse with each other as each holds a different view.
convert from: John was converted from paganism to Christianity at an early age.
convert into: We were shown the process of converting iron into steel.
convince by: He was not easily convinced by her arguments.
convince of: She tried to convince me of her non-involvement.


convulsed with: They were convulsed with laughter to see the circus clown perform.
cooperate with: The accused's colleagues are cooperating fully with police investigation.
cope with: Although a single mother, she has no problem coping with a baby and a full-time job.
correlate with: Meagre wages were found to correlate with high staff turnover.
correspond to: Information on the first copy does not correspond to that on its duplicate copy.


correspond with: I still correspond regularly with her although we are both married.
count in: If you are having a drinking session this evening, you can count me in.
count on: You can count on my help whenever you need it.
count out: If you are going on a shopping spree this weekend, count me out.
couple with: Heavy drinking coupled with late nights caused his health to deteriorate rapidly.


crack down: The public are demanding police action to crack down hard on vandalism.
cram for: Study throughout the year and you avoid cramming for the exam at the last minute.
cram with: She crammed her attic with a lot of worthless stuff.
crave for: Since the death of her mother, she has been craving desperately for affection.
credit to: The refund was credited to my account.


crop up: Unexpected problems cropped up and caused the delay.
cross off: As you perform each task, cross it off the list.
cross out: When you make a mistake, cross it out.
crow about: I still think passing my exam is nothing to crow about.
cry over: Why waste our time crying over him?


cry out: She finally cried out to him not to act so stupidly.
cure of: His doctor assured him that he would be completely cured of his illness.
cut across: We'd better cut across the park and get home before it rains.
cut away: We spend the whole afternoon cutting away the dead branches.
cut back: Businesses are cutting back on staff to remain profitable.


cut down: You ought to cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke.
cut in: His annoying habit is to cut in whenever a conversation is going on.
cut off: He tried to explain but they cut him off and warned him not to be late again.
cut out: Can you fellows cut it out? I'm trying to read.
cut up: The murderer cut up the victim's body into eight pieces.

dabble in: When I was little I used to dabble in water.
dance to: As soon as the music was played, couples got up and danced to it.
dash off: He dashed off a quick note and left it on the table for the family.
date from: Some of these coins date from the 12th century.
dawn on: The truth finally dawned on him that she really meant what she said.

deal in: My uncle's shop deals in genuine antiques.
deal with: They seem unable to deal with the long-standing problem.
debate on: People are unhappy that there has been no public debate on these issues.
debate with: I see no point in debating with someone who holds extremist views.
decide on: Have you decided on the dress you will be wearing for the occasion?

declare to: He declared to us that he will be unable to chair the meeting.
declare war on: The African nation has declared war on locusts which destroyed crops.
decrease from: The prison population has decreased from ten thousands to nine thousands.
decrease in: Human beings decrease in size as they grow older.
dedicate to: He has dedicated his entire life to helping the homeless.


deduce from: The police deduced from the evidence that more than one person were involved.
defeat by: Our team was defeated by two goals to one.
defer to: Young people are expected to defer to the wishes of their elders.
defraud of: The accountant defrauded his company of tens of thousands of dollars.
delegate to: An able administrator should be able to delegate authority to the right person.


deliberate about/on: They spent hours deliberating on the matter.
delight in: Jack delights in telling stories about his days in the army.
deliver to: The postman delivered the letter to her house.
demand from: They demanded an apology from me for something I said.
demote from: The soldier was demoted from sergeant to corporal.


denounce for: He was widely denounced for his deviant religious teachings.
depart from: The first train departs from Birmingham at 6.00 a.m. tomorrow.
depend on/upon: Their future depends on their hard work, and not on their teachers.
deprive of: The prisoners of war were deprived of proper medical attention.
derive from: The country derived enormous benefit from direct foreign investments.


descend from: The plane started to descend from high altitude as it approached its destination.
describe to: The main witness described briefly to the police what happened.
desist from: He was warned to desist from such undesirable behaviour.
despair of: She despaired of reviving the relationship that existed between her and Jack.
destined to: The emperor's son is destined to succeed him.


detect in: He detected a change in her attitude towards her.
deter from: Heavier penalties may deter motorists from committing more traffic offences.
detract from: A blemish detracts from the beauty of her skin.
deviate from: We had to deviate from our usual route due to a fallen tree across it.
devolve on: When the leader is away, his responsibility devolves on his assistant.


devote to: Jane wants to devote herself entirely to caring for the elderly people.
dictate to: It is often difficult to refuse to be dictated to by rule or principle.
die away: I could only sleep after the noise caused by thunderstorm died away.
die down: The storm has died down and the sea become calmer.
die from: My dog died from its wounds sustained in a fight with another dog.


die of: More and more people are dying of cancer of various parts of their bodies.
die out: The old French custom of serving the vegetables separate from the meat has died out.
differ from: Humans differ from monkeys in their not having a tail.
digress from: The story-teller digressed from his story for a while.
direct to: He directed the traveler to the railway station.


disabuse of: I didn't say anything to disabuse him of that belief.
disagree with: Jack disagrees with Jill on almost everything.
disapprove of: Mother strongly disapproves of her daughter dying her hair red and blue.
discharge from: He was certified clinically insane and discharged from the army.
disconcert by: We were disconcerted by her statement.


discourage by: She is easily discouraged by adverse criticisms.
discourage from: Incentives have been cited to discourage students from playing truant..
discriminate against: You should not discriminate against people from ethnic minorities.
discriminate between: We were unable to discriminate between fake and genuine goods.
disguise as: He disguised as a clown to entertain children.


disgusted by: They were disgusted by her antisocial behaviour.
dismiss from: She was unfairly dismissed from her job.
dispense with: We will have to dispense with the question-and-answer session to save time.
dispose of: To dispose of nuclear waste is a major challenge to the countries concerned.
dispossess of: The captors dispossessed the captives of their valuables.


disqualify from: He was disqualified from participating for flouting a rule.
dissent form: John dissented from the majority opinion.
dissociate from: Jack dissociated himself from the views expressed by Jill.
dissuade from: His mother dissuaded Mike from taking up car racing.
distance from: He distanced himself from all the remarks made by her.


distinguish between: It is important to distinguish between fact and fiction in the film.
distinguish from: It's difficult to distinguish one of the twins from the other.
distinguish by: He distinguished himself by scoring the highest number of goals in the season.
distract from: He is easily distracted from whatever he's doing by the slightest noise.
diverge from: The path diverges from here and we don't know which one to follow.


divert from: Traffic had to be diverted from the main road due to a major accident.
divest of: Sons of aristocrats were divested of their power.
divide between/among: The money was to be divided equally among the children.
do away with: My wife wants me to do away with my vast collection of old magazines.
do for: Employing a temporary worker will do for the time being.


do in: Painting the house really did me in./It is believed a hired killer did his boss in.
do out of: She was done out of $100 by a door-to-door salesman this morning.
do over: The report contains errors and the boss wants him to do it over.
do up: He bought an old car and did it up./She looks more beautiful when she did her hair up.
do with: With this warm weather, I could do with a cold drink.


do without: I wish she would keep quiet; I can do without all this grumbling.
double as: The secretary doubled as the receptionist just for that day.
doze off: I dozed off when I was watching television.
drag into: I had nothing to do with it but was dragged into the embarrassing situation.
draw on: Luckily I have a savings to draw on to buy her a present.


draw up: Thinking he's going to die soon, he drew up a will./The taxi drew up in front of me.
dream away: At times, I couldn't help but dream away the hours.
dream of: He told me he had always dreamed of striking the first prize of the lottery.
dream on: When I asked if she's going to help me with the cooking, she told me to dream on.
drive at: He didn't say exactly what he meant. But I knew what he was driving at.


drive for: You look tired; why not let him drive the car for you?
drive to: I always like to drive to the sea-side.
drive away: His bossiness has driven his friends away.
drive off: He was probably angry when without a word, he just got into his car and drove off.
drive up: The rise in oil price drives up other prices.


drop in: He always drops in for a chat without prior notice.
drop out: He shouldn't have dropped out of school, but he did.
dry out: Our washing dried out very quickly in this hot weather.
dry up: The prolonged drought had caused all the rivers to dry up.
dwell on/upon: Nobody likes to be with Bobbie because she always dwells on the past.


eat in: I am cooking tonight so we are eating in.
eat into: The high bills are eating into my savings.
eat out: It's your birthday; let's eat out and celebrate tonight.
eat up: Who ate up all my potato chips?
egg on: The boys didn't want to fight but their friends kept egging them on.


elaborate on: He refused to elaborate on his next course of action.
eliminate from: Jack was eliminated from the competition by a stronger opponent.
embark on/upon: John has finally decided to embark on a career in banking.
embody in: The ideals of equality and freedom are embodied in the country's constitution.
embroil in: Bob found himself unexpectedly embroiled in a heated argument.


emerge from: When the deer emerged from behind the bush, the hunter shot it dead.
emigrate from: When his family emigrated from their homeland, he was only five years old.
employ as: Ryan was employed as a security officer at the airport.
encompass by: The entire area was encompassed by a dense forest.
encourage by: We were greatly encouraged by the massive support for our proposal.


encroach on/upon: The expansion of farmland is encroaching on animals' habitat.
end in: Their argument ended in a fist fight.
end up: The driver took a wrong road and we ended up somewhere else.
end with: We ended our tour of the area with a visit to the souvenir shops.
endear to: Her friendly attitude endeared her to everybody she met at the social gathering.


endow with: Ronnie is certainly endowed with a good sense of humour.
endue with: She seems to be endued with a good sense of direction.
engage in: I tried to engage her in conversation.
engage to: Jill is engaged to my brother./I engaged a private tutor to improve my written work.
engross in: Granny often engrossed herself in her writing.


enjoin from: He was enjoined by law from stalking her.
enlarge on/upon: Could you please enlarge on your last statement?
enrage by: She was enraged by his derogatory comments.
enrich by: My life has certainly been enriched by extensive reading.
entitle to: Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion.


entrust to: The parents entrusted their baby to a nanny when they had to go overseas.
entrust with: I entrusted her with the responsibility to manage the business while I was away.
envelope in: The mountain peaks were enveloped in clouds.
equip for: I think we are well equipped for the climb.
escape from: To date many prisoners have escaped from that prison.


escape into: The enemy soldiers escaped into the forest.
escape with: She was very lucky to escape with her life.
estimate at: The crowd of protesters was estimated at three thousands.
excel in: Johnny excels in a number of things including swimming.
exclude from: They exclude us from the trip.


excuse from: We requested to be excused from participating.
expatiate on: Once again he is expatiating on his favourite topic of communism.
expect from: Wives expect faithfulness from their husbands.
expect of: Faithfulness is expected of a husband.
expend on: The government has to date expended two million dollars on the housing project.


explain to: The mystery was not fully explained to the viewers.
export to: The country exports huge quantities of military wares to third world countries.
expose to: His behaviour exposes himself to ridicule and criticism.
extract from: After five hours of interrogation, the police extracted a confession from him.
extricate from: Finally he managed to extricate himself from a very difficult situation.


face up to: He has to face up to the fact that he has to study hard to pass the exam.
face with: The scientist was faced with many unknown factors.
fall back on: She has her big savings to fall back on if need be.
fall behind: I'd better hide the car as I have fallen behind in my payments.
fall in: Poor construction let the roof and ceiling fall in after a few years.


fall into: He fell into the habit of talking to himself.
fall in with: He falls in love with every girl he meets.
fall off: Business along the main road fell off after a series of public demonstrations.
fall out: Sarah fell out with her boyfriend after knowing her for only two months.
fall through: The plan fell through and they agreed to renegotiate.


fall to: It fell to the eldest son to manage the business after the death of his father.
familiarize with: The new guard familiarized himself with the internal layout of the building.
find with: They find fault with everything the new staff does.
feel for: We certainly feel for the victims of the plane crash.
feel like: Sometimes I feel like taking a walk in the rain.


feel toward: I can't describe how I feel toward that girl but I think I like her.
fend for: Everyone has to fend for himself in this world.
ferret out: The police managed to ferret out his motive for the killing.
fight against: The defending champion is going to fight against the challenger tonight.
fight for: Freedom is something that is always worth fighting for.


fight off: The leader of the party has to fight off his image as a dictator.
figure on: I was figuring on meeting him tomorrow.
figure out: We spent the whole night figuring out how to make him change his mind.
fill in: We found someone to fill in for Sarah when she was away on medical leave.
fill out: I have to fill out the form and hand it in as soon as possible.


fill with: We have filled all the glasses with wine and are now ready to propose a toast.
find out: We were shocked when we found out that he was a man and not a woman.
fit in: The new member has learned quickly to fit in with the others.
fit out: The entire building was fitted out with air conditioners but they were not working.
fix on: They haven't fixed on a venue for the next match.


fix up: We have to fix the spare room up for our guests.
focus on: The astronomer focused his telescope on the comet.
follow around: Quit following me around, will you?
follow through: Ensure the report is followed through so that all amendments are included.
follow up: The investigation was followed up with the arrest of the gang leader.


fool around: You want to fool around; it's up to you, but surely not in the office.
fool with: He fooled with his neighbour's dog once too often and got badly bitten on the hand.
force on/upon: He forced another big pizza on us when we already had more than enough.
forget about: James drank a bit too much and forgot about catching the train home.
forgive for: I will not forgive him for not forgiving me for what I said about him.


foul up: Heavy rain fouled up our trip to the mountain.
freeze over: Whatever the lake freezes over, there's bound to be people skating on it.
fret about: She always has something to fret about.
frighten by: Mrs. Muffet was frightened by a hairy spider while sitting on a park bench.
frighten away: Rumours of a big white shark frightened many people away from the beach.


fritter away: The boy frittered away whatever money he had on the gaming machine.
frown at: The lady frowned at him for talking very loudly on his cell phone.
frown on/upon: She can't help frowning on those who sport multi-coloured hair.
furnish with: Each of the six bedrooms is furnished with a big desk, swivel chair and soft rug.
fuss over/about: Their only child fussed about not having a window seat on the plane.