dabble in:  When I was little I used to dabble in water. 

dance to:  As soon as the music is played, couples got up and danced to it.

debate on:  People are unhappy that there has been no public debate on these issues.

debate with:  I see no point in debating with someone who holds extremist views.

declare to:  He declared to us that he will be unable to chair the meeting.

declare on:  The African nation has declared war on locusts which destroyed crops.

decrease from:  The prison population has decreased from ten thousands to nine thousands.

decrease in:  Human beings decrease in size as they grow older.

dedicate to:  He has dedicated his entire life to helping the homeless.

deduce from:  The police deduced from the evidence that more than one person were involved.

defeat by:  Our team was defeated by two goals to one.

defraud of:  The accountant defrauded his company of tens of thousands of dollars.

delegate to:  An able administrator should be able to delegate authority to the right person.

deliberate about/on:  They spent hours deliberating on the matter.

deliver to:  The postman delivered the letter to her house.

demand from:  They demanded an apology from me for something I said.

demote from:  The soldier was demoted from sergeant to corporal.

denounce for:  He was widely denounced for his deviant religious teachings.

depart from:  The first train departs from Birmingham at 6.00 a.m. tomorrow.

deprive of:  The prisoners of war were deprived of proper medical attention.

describe to:  The main witness described briefly to the police what happened.

desist from:  He was warned to desist from such undesirable behaviour.

despair of:  She despaired of reviving the relationship that existed between her and Jack.

detect in:  He detected a change in her attitude towards her.

deter from:  Heavier penalties may deter motorists from committing more traffic offences.

deviate from:  We had to deviate from our usual route due to a fallen tree across it.

die from:  My dog died from its wounds sustained in a fight with another dog.

die of:  More and more people are dying of cancer of various parts of their bodies.

differ from:  Humans differ from monkeys in their not having a tail.

digress from:  The story-teller digressed from his story for a while.

direct to:   He directed the traveler to the railway station.

disabuse of:  I didn’t say anything to disabuse him of that belief.

disapprove of:  Mother strongly disapproves of her daughter dying her hair red and blue.

discharge from:  He was certified clinically insane and discharged from the army.

disconcert by:  We were disconcerted by her statement.

discourage by:  She is easily discouraged by adverse criticisms.

discourage from:  Incentives have been cited to discourage students from playing truant..

discriminate against: You should not discriminate against people from ethnic minorities.

discriminate between:  We were unable to discriminate between fake and genuine goods.

disguise as:  He disguised as a clown to entertain children.

disgusted by:  They were disgusted by her antisocial behaviour.

dismiss from:  She was unfairly dismissed from her job.

dispossess of:  The captors dispossessed the captives of their valuables.

disqualify from:  He was disqualified from participating for flouting a rule.

dissent form:  John dissented from the majority opinion.

dissuade from:  His mother dissuaded Mike from taking up car racing.

distinguish between:  It is important to distinguish between fact and fiction in the film.

distinguish from:  It’s difficult to distinguish one of the twins from the other.

distinguish in:  He distinguished himself by scoring the highest number of goals in the season.

distract from:  He is easily distracted from whatever he’s doing by the slightest noise.

diverge from:  The path diverges from here and we don’t know which one to follow.

divert from: Traffic had to be diverted from the main road due to a major accident.

divide between/among:  The money was to be divided equally among the children.

drive for:  You look tired; why not let him drive the car for you?

drive to:  I always like to drive to the sea-side.


elaborate on:  He refused to elaborate on his next course of action.

eliminate from:  Jack was eliminated from the competition by a stronger opponent.

embody in:  The ideals of equality and freedom are embodied in the country’s constitution.

embroil in:  Bob found himself unexpectedly embroiled in a heated argument.

emerge from:  When the deer emerged from behind the bush, the hunter shot it dead.

emigrate from:  When his family emigrated from their homeland, he was only five years old.

employ as:  Ryan was employed as a security officer at the airport.

encompass by:  The entire area was encompassed by a dense forest.

encourage by:  We were greatly encouraged by the massive support for our proposal.

engross in:  Granny often engrossed herself in her writing. 

enjoin from:  He was enjoined by law to stay away from her.

enrage by:  She was enraged by his derogatory comments.

enrich by:  My life has certainly been enriched by extensive reading.

entitle to:  Everybody is entitled to his or her own opinion.

entrust to:  The parents entrusted their baby to a nanny when they had to go overseas.

entrust with:  I entrusted her with the responsibility to manage the business while I was away.

envelope in:  The mountain peaks were enveloped in clouds.

equip for:  I think we are well equipped for the climb.

escape from:  The prisoner was captured two months after he escaped from the prison.

escape with:  She was very lucky to escape with her life.

estimate at:  The crowd of protesters was estimated at three thousands.

excel in:  Johnny excels in a number of things including swimming.

exclude from:  They exclude us from the trip.

excuse from:  We requested to be excused from participating.

expatiate on:  Once again he is expatiating on his favourite topic of communism.

expect from:  Wives expect faithfulness from their husbands.

expect of:  Faithfulness is expected of a husband.

expend on:  The government has to date expended two million dollars on the housing project.

explain to:  The mystery was not fully explained to the viewers.

export to:  The country exports huge quantities of military wares to third world countries.

extract from:  After five hours of interrogation, the police extracted a confession from him.

extricate from:  Finally, he managed to extricate himself from a very difficult situation.


feel like:  Sometimes I feel like taking a walk in the rain.

feel toward:  I can’t describe how I feel toward that girl but I think I like her.

fight against:  The defending champion is going to fight against the challenger tonight.

fight for:  Freedom is something that is always worth fighting for.

figure on:  I was figuring on meeting him tomorrow.

fill with:  We have filled all the glasses with wine and are now ready to propose a toast.

focus on:  The astronomer focused his telescope on the comet.

fool with: He fooled with his neighbour’s dog once too often and got badly bitten on the hand.

forget about:  James drank a bit too much and forgot about catching the train home.

forgive for:  I will not forgive him for not forgiving me for what I said about him.

fret about:  She always has something to fret about.

frighten by:  Mrs. Muffet was frightened by a hairy spider while sitting on a park bench.

frown at:  The lady frowned at him for talking very loudly on his cell phone.

furnish with:  Each of the six bedrooms is furnished with a big desk, swivel chair and soft rug.