Verb + about
talk / read / know ABOUT … tell somebody ABOUT …
– We talked about a lot of things at the meeting
have a discussion ABOUT something, but discuss something (not preposition)
– We had a discussion about what we should do.
– We discussed a lot of things at the meeting. (not discussed about)
do something ABOUT something = do something to improve a bad situation
– If you’re worried about the problem, you should do something about it.
Care about, care for, and take care of
care ABOUT somebody/something = think that somebody/something is important
– He’s very selfish. He doesn’t care about other people.
We say care what/where/ how …, etc. (without about)
– You can do what you like. I don’t care what you do.
care FOR somebody/something
(1) = like something (usually in questions and negative sentences)
– Would you care for a cup of coffee? (= Would you like …?)
– I don’t care for very hot weather. (= I don’t like …)
(2) = make sure somebody is safe and well
– Alan is 85 and lives alone. He needs somebody to care for him.
take care OF … = make sure somebody/something stays safe or in good condition, take responsibility for something
– John gave up his job to take care of his elderly parents.
– I’ll take care of all the travel arrangements. – you don’t need to do anything.
Verb + for
ask(somebody) FOR …
– I wrote to the company asking them for more information about the job.
but “I asked him the way to …,” “She asked me may name.” (no preposition)
apply (To a person, a company, etc.) FOR a job, etc.
– I think you’d be good at this job. Why don’t you apply for it?
wait FOR …
– Don’t wait for me. I’ll join you later.
– I’m not going out yet. I’m waiting for the rain to stop.
search (a person / a place / a bag, etc.) FOR …
– I’ve searched the house for my keys, but I still can’t find them.
leave (a place) FOR another place
– I haven’t seen her since she left (home) for the office this morning. (not left to the office)
Look for and look after
look FOR … = search for, try to find
– I’ve lost my keys. Can you help me look for them?
look AFTER … = take care of
– Alan is 85 and lives alone. He needs somebody to look after him. (not look for)
– You can borrow this book if you promise to look after it.