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Abbreviations used for quick reference:

N = noun 

A = adjective 

V = verb 

VV = versatile verb. In other words:  the verb in question can be followed by a variety of prepositions, whichever best describes the action that follows. This is particularly true of any verb that suggests motion, such as walk, run , crawl , creep, inch, hide, etc.

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BAR

“At the Lateran Council in 1215, they (the Jews) were barred from owning land and all military and civil functions.” (from Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 1974)

They are barring him from the next jazz festival.

PREY (N)

She was a perfect prey for sociopaths.

We were the prey of a business shark.

She was a prey to every passing salesman.

LECTURE (V)

They are being lectured (i.e. reprimanded) by the teacher. He lectured (i.e. spoke) from the podium.

“She is lecturing (i.e. giving a course) in Chemistry.” (Frederick T. Wood, English Prepositional Idioms)

He lectured (i.e. gave a discourse) on a subject that was of no interest to me.

The world-famous author was asked to lecture (i.e. give a talk) to the students.


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