Prepositions: verbs + con, en, or por III (A2)

In Spanish, many verbs must be followed by a preposition, which may or may not correspond to the proposition (if any) used in English. The following is a list of some Spanish verbs which require “con”, “en” or “por”.

•  Some can be followed by an infinitive or by a noun:

   Amenazar con                to threaten to
   Soñar con                         to dream about
   Consentir en                    to agree to
   Consistir en                      to consist of
   Insistir en                          to insist
   Interesarse en                 to be interested in
   Pensar en                          to think about
   Perseverar en                  to persevere in
   Persistir en                       to persist
   Quedar en                          to agree to
   Empezar por                     to begin by/with
   Luchar por                        to struggle, fight to

Estoy pensando en volver a España (I am thinking about going back to Madrid).

Siempre he soñado con ganar la lotería (I have always dreamed of winning the lottery).

Me mostró la casa, empezando por la cocina (She showed me the house, starting with the kitchen).

•  Other can be followed by a noun:

   Casarse con                      to get married to
   Comparar con                  to compare with
   Contar con                        to rely on
   Encontrarse con              to meet (by chance)
   Enfadarse con                  to get annoyed with
   Estar de acuerdo con     to agree with
   Hablar con                        to talk to
   Entrar en                           to enter
   Interesarse por               to ask about, to be interested in
   Preocuparse por/de      to worry about

Me enfadé con mi padre (I got annoyed with the official).

Entramos en el museo (We entered the Museum).

Se preocupa por su familia (He’s worried about his exams).

You can also see more verbs with prepositions “de”.  Remember to contact your tutor with any question you have or to ask for more homework. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?


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