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    a question

    1. how do we know which prepositions are added to certain nouns? is there a systematic rule? is there a rule explaining why the noun access goes with the preposition to ? thank you

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    Re: a question

    Hello Navan,

    I don't think there is an easy-to-learn rule. For instance, if you look at expressions of emotion, you find a variety of prepositions after the noun:

    1. I'm in love with Miss Q.
    2. I feel some sympathy for Miss Q.
    3. I feel only hatred towards Miss Q.

    To complicate matters still further, you could use "towards" in #2, and "for" in #3.

    But you will eventually become accustomed to the different combinations, if you continue to read widely in English.

    Best wishes,


    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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