12. In verbs + prepositions

12. In verbs + prepositions

In Bath

Main practice:   Verbs + prepositions
Revision:              by the way - Present Perfect -  such + adjective

(to) afford  -  to have enough money for something, i.e.
-  I can't afford a holiday this year.
-  Can you afford to lend me fifty pounds?

(to) argue  -  to discuss something in a serious and possibly angry way with someone who
                          disagrees with you, i.e.
- Dave and Sue spent the evening arguing about politics.
- She doesn't *get on with her father. They always argue about everything.

*to get on (with) - (Phrasal verb) to have a good relationship with someone, i.e.

  • I get on very well with my brother. 
  • She doesn't like her boss. They don't get on.

(to) borrow  -  to take or use something from someone else when you are going to give it
                             back, i.e.
  • Can I borrow your car on Friday?
  • She's borrowing too much money from the bank: she'll never be able to pay it back.

(a) fee  -  the required payment for something.

historic  - (adjective) something famous or important about history, i.e.
-  Oxford and Cambridge are both historic cities.
-  The visit by the President was a historic occasion.

pocket money  - the weekly spending money parents give their children.

(to) rely on  -  a) to depend on; need      b) to trust, i.e 
  • He's ninety now and relies on his son to drive him to the supermarket and walk the dog.
  •   People don't buy so many newspapers now but rely on the internet for news.
  • I'm relying on you to tell me the truth about what happened.
  • She's relying on him to pay back the money he owes her before the end of the month.

sensible  -  to have good judgement in practical matters, i.e. 
- I worry about her going to this party, she's only just sixteen.
- Don't worry, she's very sensible and I'll *pick her up at eleven.

* to pick someone up  -  (Phrasal verb) collect someone in a car or on foot, i.e.
  • Can you pick me up at the station at nine o'clock, please?

take your point  -  a) to agree with what someone has said; b) to say that you think they are
                                    making a reasonable point in the discussion but might not agree, i.e.
- This is not the right time to sell our house. The market isn't good for sellers.
- All right, I take your point. Let's wait till next year. 
-  Robot technology will cause the loss of jobs.
-  I take your point, but I think the technology will create more jobs, too.
The family have now been in Bath for several hours and Sam is not happy with how Tim is spending his money.

Complete the sentences with the correct preposition.

Katie:  The buildings are so historic. I've always dreamed living in a city like this.

Sam:    Well, where we live, Downhaven, has historic buildings.

katie:  Yes, but not like these. By the way, mum, why were you arguing Tim just now.

Bill:     Your mother was arguing Tim because he spends his money such  
              over-priced things.

Tim:    Actually, I like my mouse pad with a picture of the Roman baths on it.

Sam:    Yes, but it cost twelve pounds.

Katie:  Well, it's money that belongs Tim.

Bill:      Actually, it doesn't. He borrowed it me because he's spent all his pocket money.

Tim:     Anyway, don't worry, Dad, you can rely me to pay you back.

Sam:    Oh, and when will that be?

Tim:     When I get my next pocket money.

Katie:   Well, I don't believe borrowing money. You should only spend what you have.

Bill:       Very sensible, Katie, but how much are you borrowing the government to pay
                for your university?

Katie:   Dad, you know that's different. No one my age can afford nine thousand pounds a year
               for university fees.

Bill:      All right, yes, of course, I take your point.


Complete the sentences with the correct preposition.

1.  I was arguing Peter about astrology. He doesn't believe it but I do: all my friends'
     personalities are just like their star signs.

2.  I'm going to borrow five thousand pounds the bank to buy a car.

3.  That laptop belongs Charlotte.

4.  She's quite old now and relies her son to do all her shopping for her.

5.  He's always dreamed buying a *vintage car and renovating it.

6.  She sold her car and spent the money a new piano.

7.  I fell in love the town when my parents took me there as a child.

8.  I'll deal the problem later.

9.  She asked red roses, not yellow ones.

10. I apologize being late this morning.

* vintage - (as an adjective) something from the past, often of high value, or a vintage
                    wine, i.e.
  • His wife bought him a vintage guitar for his birthday.
  • She buys and sells vintage clothes.