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5 Common Dependent Prepositions - Do you know them all?

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

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Are you struggling to get the hang of dependent prepositions? Do you sometimes use the incorrect preposition with particular words, such as ‘depends of’❌, or ‘interested on’❌? Don't worry; we've got you covered! Today we're going to talk about some of the most commonly used dependent prepositions that you'll come across in the workplace.

Depend on

Okay, so picture this: you're working on a project with your colleagues, and your boss asks you when it's going to be finished. You might reply, "It depends on how quickly everyone can get their parts done." See what we did there? The outcome of the project is uncertain and depends on the work of everyone involved.

Rely on

Let's say you need to submit a project to a client. You might say, "I rely on my team to provide me with the necessary feedback to make sure the project is up to par." In this case, you're dependent on your team to give you feedback and ensure that the project is of high quality.

Related to

Say you're in a meeting discussing a new marketing campaign, and someone asks what your role in the project is. You could say, "I work in social media, which is related to the campaign's overall message and branding." By saying this, you're indicating that your role is connected to the campaign's message and branding.

Interested in

Maybe your boss is trying to figure out who should lead a new project. You could say, "I'm really interested in leading the project; I think it would be a great opportunity for me to learn and grow." Here, you're expressing your desire to lead the project and highlighting how it aligns with your personal and professional goals.

Good at

Lastly, let's say you're in a job interview, and the interviewer asks about your skills. You could say, "I'm really good at project management and coordinating with different departments to ensure everything runs smoothly." By saying this, you're highlighting your skillset and indicating what you're capable of bringing to the table. We can replace ‘good’ with other adjectives using the preposition ‘at’ to describe a level of ability or expertise e.g. ‘great at, terrible at, amazing at.

In conclusion, dependent prepositions may seem confusing, but with a bit of practice and some fun examples, you'll be using them like a pro in no time. So, don't be afraid to incorporate them into your work conversations and impress your colleagues with your newfound knowledge!


to get the hang of something - to learn the skills needed to do something

to have (got) someone covered - to do or provide whatever is needed

to picture something - to imagine something

up to par - at an expected or high level of quality

to figure out - to solve a problem or discover the answer to a question

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