Verbs and prepositions in English and German


In German as in English many verbs are followed by a preposition:

Wir sprechen über den Film. We talk about the film.
Sie entschuldigt sich für die Verspätung. She apologises for the delay.

Although German prepositions used in connection with a verb might sometimes correspond to the English as with sprechen über ‘to talk about’, there is often no correlation between the two languages:

Ich warte auf den Bus. I am waiting for the bus.
Sie entschuldigt sich bei ihrer Schwester. She apologises to her sister.