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VERB + PREPOSITION (OBJECT)

Welcome to the fourth day of our Verb + Preposition Combinations week! Today we are looking at the combination OBJECT TO

Definition: To not agree with. 

Example 1: I objected to paying extra for car rental insurance. We already have insurance that covers rental cars. 

Example 2: She objected to marrying him because her parents didn't like him. 

Example 3: Why did you object to my mom paying for dinner? She likes to treat us!

Note the pronunciation of the verb object: we pronounce this obJECT and not OBject. An OBject is a noun ("a thing that you can see or touch") and obJECT is a verb.

I wanted to make one other important point. At times the line between a verb + preposition and a phrasal verb (verb + adverbial particle) is very thin. Some of these verb + preposition combinations could be considered phrasal verbs, or what some call prepositional verbs. Don't worry too much about these grammatical classifications; the important thing is to learn to use these verbs correctly. If you are interested, you can read a short summary about these categories at the Cambridge online Dictionary (see the following link):

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/es/gramatica/gramatica-britanica/about-verbs/verbs-multi-word-verbs

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!