English Verbs With Preposition ‘In’

To make sure that your grammar is correct, you should know which preposition to use with verbs.

Verbs can be followed by various prepositions, such as “on”, “in”,”for”, etc. However, the preposition you use for a verb in your language might not be the same as the preposition used in English.

Here’s a list of common English verbs that are followed by the preposition ‘in’.

They’re divided into different groups of meaning, to make them easier to remember.

Trust and belief

believe in = have a particular belief
“He believes in hard work and ambition.”

trust in = give your trust to someone / something
“She put all her trust in the company.” (Also “trust someone / something”)

confide in = when you share a secret or a personal problem with someone
“Do you have any teachers that you can confide in?”

have confidence in = when you believe in a person (and that they can do something well)
“We have every confidence in our sales manager.”

Involvement

deal in = when you buy / sell a particular type of thing
“They deal in classic cars.”

implicate (someone) in = say that someone is involved in a crime
“They implicated him in a robbery.” / “He was implicated in several other burglaries.”

involve in = make someone part of an activity
“She involved her brother in her games.”
“I’m involved in the market research part of our company.”

join in = get involved
“Can I join in your conversation?”

jump in = quickly involve yourself in an activity
“She jumped in to the conversation without asking for permission.”

take part in / participate in = be involved
“She doesn’t like taking part in group activities.”
“He participated in a few student societies when he was at university.”
(Note: “participate” is more formal than “take part in”.

Success and consequence

succeed in = have success (follow with a noun / verb + ing)
“She succeeded in passing the exam.”

result in = have a result / consequence
“The training resulted in a 100% pass rate.”

(You can also be skilled in or experienced in a particular area: “He’s very skilled in woodwork”.)

Interest

specialise in = when you have an area of expertise
“She studied Natural Sciences, then went on to specialise in Chemistry.”

have an interest in / be interested in
“He had a particular interest in Archaeology.”

train in = when you get training in one area
“She trained in children’s nursing.”

(Also “be engrossed in” / “be absorbed in” = when you concentrate on one thing and aren’t aware of other things happening around you:
“She was so engrossed in her book that she didn’t hear the doorbell.”)

Inside

You’ll see lots of verbs that refer to going inside a place.

Come in: “Please come in!”
Rush in: “I opened the door and the dogs rushed in.”
Break in: “Burglars broke in to our house and stole the TV.”
Invite in: “Don’t invite strangers in to your house.”
Move in: “Some new neighbours moved in to the house next door.”

Check out this page for more examples of phrasal verbs with in.


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