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Lesson 7. Verbs and prepositions (Basic, A1 Level):
account, adapt, deal, present, remind, share

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Note. This lesson has examples using the present and past tenses.

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• account

To account for something is to give a reason or explanation for something. When something accounts for something else, it is the explanation or the cause. For example, bad weather accounts for most cancellations of sports events.

If you need to account for something, you need to explain things about it.

Examples: account for
  • Poor eating habits account for a many health problems.
  • Hard work accounts for this man’s success.
  • When I travel on business, I need to account for all the money I spend on food and transportation.

• adapt

When there is a change in your life, you must adapt by doing things differently.

People adapt to life changes.

Examples: adapt / adapt to
  • I live in a big city now. I need to adapt.
  • If animals cannot adapt to changes in their environment, they do not survive.
  • This company is not doing very well because it is not adapting to the new technologies.

• deal

If you have a situation, you can do nothing or you can deal with it. This means you do what you need to do to manage the situation. You accept the situation and do your best.

In another meaning, when you do business with people or a companies, you are dealing with them. That is where the expressions “a business deal” comes from.

To deal in a particular product is to buy and sell the product.

Examples: deal with
Managing or solving problems
  • What are you doing to deal with the problems you are having at work?
  • When you work with the public, sometimes you need to deal with difficult people.
Doing business
  • My company deals with many German customers.
  • In my new job, I deal with clients directly.
Examples: deal in
  • My grandfather used to deal in precious metals.
  • Lucas’s office deals in computer and video games.
”Deal with it!”

"Deal with it" or “Just deal with it” is an expression you use when you do not want to listen to someone’s problems or difficult situation. Perhaps you do not think that their situation is really that bad.

Be careful. This expression can come across as rude or abrupt.


Do not use it unless you are sure that the expression fits the situation. Otherwise, you may end up dealing with some angry people.

• present

When you deliver a speech or a presentation, you present information.

When you give something to people, you present them with something. Sometimes yo present people with something at a ceremony or special occasion

You can say that something presents a complication, problem, or opportunity. You can also say that an opportunity presents itself to someone.

You can also present something to someone, which means to show or introduce, for example, a topic or idea.

Examples: present
Present a picture
  • When you meet your client tomorrow, you must present a good image for the company.
  • When you meet people for the first time, do you try to present the best side of ourself?
  • Politicians always want to present an image of control.
happen as a problem or opportunity
  • This job presents an excellent opportunity for career advancement.
  • Pollution presents many dangers to your health.
  • When an opportunity presents itself, you should take it!
Examples: present to (someone)
  • The students are presenting their reports to the teacher.
  • The employee is presenting her work to her boss.
Examples: present with
  • At the Oscars, they present people in the film industry with awards for their achievements.
  • Mr. Ecks is an excellent worker. The company will present him with an employee-of-the-year next week.

• remind

To remind means to make yourself or someone else remember something or to think of something. You remind people of or about things.

You can also remind someone to do something.

When people look like someone else, you say they remind you of someone.

Examples: remind
  • When we go to the store, please remind me to buy eggs.
  • We need eggs. Please remind me when we go to the store.
  • I do not remember your name. Could you remind me?
  • Why do you keep reminding people that you are rich?!
Examples: remind of
  • Your brother reminds me of my uncle.
  • This bread reminds me of France.

Examples: remind about / of
  • — We can’t forget to bring a bottle of wine to the party.
    — Please remind me about that tomorrow.
    — Please remind me of that tomorrow.
  • I’ll call you tomorrow and remind you about your doctor’s appointment.
    I’ll call you tomorrow and remind you of your doctor’s appointment.

• share

When you use or experience something at the same time as other people, you share it withthem.

When sharing means dividing something with others, you can also say you share it between or amongother people.

Examples: share / share with
  • It makes you feel good when you share things with others.
  • Students shared their class notes with each other before the final examination.
  • We have only one small pizza left. We’ll have to share.

Examples: (divide) share between / among
  • The boys shared the candy between them.
  • When I was in college, we had to share two bedrooms among five of us.
  • We shared the chores equally between the three of us.

Assess Your Learning

Practice 1. Fill in the blanks using the correct prepositions after the verbs in this lesson.

Practice 2. Complete sentences using the verbs and prepositions in this lesson.

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