Some verbs, adjectives and nouns are followed by particular prepositions. Here are some of the most common combinations. Note that alternatives are sometimes possible, and that British and American usage sometimes differ.
He is completely absorbed in his research work.
You must abstain from smoking and drinking.
That suggestion is not acceptable to us.
I am only slightly acquainted with him.
James was acquitted of the charge of theft.
One must learn to adapt oneself to changing circumstances.
James is addicted to gambling.
He was admitted to the Medical College.
This is an urgent matter which admits of no delay.
I have performed the task allotted to me.
I was amazed at her performance.
She is anxious to hear from her son.
Avail … of
Avail yourself of this opportunity.
I am not aware of their plans.
She is rather backward in her studies.
Do you believe in ghosts?
She boasts of her aristocratic upbringing.
Don’t brood over past failures.
Call at (=visit)
On the way we called at a friend’s house.
Call for (= demand)
The principal has called for an explanation from the suspended students.
I don’t care for your objections. I have decided to do it.