There follows lists of words with the prepositions that usually follow them, which it may be helpful for you to memorise. Most of the vocabulary has been selected because of its high frequency in academic English, based on the Academic Word List. For more information about the Academic Word List, and the work of Avril Coxhead in compiling it, follow this link to Sandra Haywood’s website at the University of
Nottingham Academic Vocabulary

Important note: other prepositions may be possible with the words in the lists, sometimes with a different meaning e.g.:

“known to somebody” = for sb. to be aware of sth., but “known by somebody” = for sth. to be understood by/comprehended by sb.; sometimes when combined with a different kind of noun e.g. “by somebody” = the agent, but “for something/body” = purpose; and “of somebody“= possession;
or if a word is followed by a preposition before a noun e.g “in public” or “in class”; or a time expression e.g. “in the second semester”, “for a fortnight” ; or is followed by a prepositional phrase e.g. “as a result of sth.”

For more comprehensive information about possible word and preposition combinations, it is necessary to look up the individual word in a good dictionary, such as The Macmillan Online Dictionary  (sb. = somebody and sth. = something).

BY OF
TO
ON AGAINST FROM
(to
be) allocated
by
sb. for sth.
an analysis
of sth.
by sb.
(to be) analogous to sth. an
authority
on
to campaign/
a campaign
against sb./sth.
(to be) exempt
from
sth.
an analysis
by
sb. of
sth.
an awareness
of sth.
a commitment to sth./sb. an emphasis on sth. to
discriminate
against
sb.
(to be) obtained
from
sb./sth.
(to
be) collated
by sb.
the
commitment
of sb. to sth./sb.
(to
be) equivalent
to sth.
to
focus/a
focus
on
sth./sb.
discrimination
against
sb. by sb.
(to be) sought
from
sb./sth.
(to
be)
evaluated by sb. for sth/sb.
to
consist
of sth.
(to be) external to sth. information
on sth.
to offset
(sth.) against
sth.
an injury
from
(to
be)
followed
by sb./sth.

the
function
of
(to be) fundamental
to
sth.
to
impact / an
impact
on sth./sb. of sth.
(to
be) implemented
by sb.
the impact of sth. on sth./sb. (to be) grateful to sb. for sth. (to
be) imposed on sth./sb. by sb.
(to
be) known by sb.
an  implication
of sth.
for
sth./sb.
(to be) identical to sth./sb. to lecture/ a lecture on sth. by sb.
(to
be) motivated
by
sb./sth.
the
independence
of
sb./sth. from
sb./sth.
(to be) inherent to sth. a perspective
on sth. of sb.
to offset
(sth.) by sth.
the justification of sth./sb. (to be) intrinsic to sth. (to be) placed on sth./sb.
(to
be) preceded
by sb./sth.
the renovation of sth. (to be) known to sb. (to do) research [noun] on sth.
(but,  to
research
[verb]
sth. = no preposition).
a simulation
by sb. of sth.
the role of opposition to sth. by sb. statistics on sth.
the survival
by sb.
a simulation of sth. by sb. (to be) significant
to sb.
a
thesis
on sth.
 
(to
be) triggered
by sb./sth.
the status
of
sth./sb.
(to be) specific to sth. (“unique”
to)
the survival of sth./sb.
the
sustainability
of sth.
a
theory
of sth.
the utilisation
of
sth. by sb.
WITH IN ABOUT BETWEEN FOR AS
(to be) associated with sth./sb. an improvement
in sth.
a conference
about sth.
a comparison between 2 or more
things 
(to be) appropriate for sb./sth. (to
be) 
considered as 
to coincide with sth.
(to be) inherent in sth. data
about sth.
a connection between 2 or more
things
to campaign/ a
campaign for
sb./sth.
(to be) regarded
as
(to be) compared/
a
comparison
with
sth.
to invest in sth./sb. information about sth. a contrast between 2 or more
things
a capacity for sth. (to be) perceived as
(to be) compatible with sth./sb. (to be) involved in sth. to know about sth. differentiation
between 2
or more things
compensation
for
sth./sb.
(to be)
published as
(to be) concurrent with sth. to occur in sth. to lecture/a lecture 
about
sth. by sb.
to discriminate
between

2
or more things
criterion/criteria
for sth.
(to be) consistent with sth. to participate
in sth.
research [noun] about sth. (but to research
[verb]
sth. = no preposition )

a distinction between 2 or more
things
 
data for sth.
(to be)
familiar with sth.
proficiency
in sth.
statistics
about sth.
tension between 2 or more
things
(to be)
evaluated
by sb. for sth/sb.
to interact with sth./sb. (to be) resident [adjective] in a place. (but a resident [noun] of somewhere) tension about sth.   an incentive for sb./sth.
to register with sth./sb. a revolution in sth. a theory about sth./sb. justification
for sth.
(to be) significant
in sth.
a thesis
about sth.
statistics for sth.

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