Could you tell me which is the right preposition after "provide"?

to provide.... activities and situations"

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    Please provide more details, including the broader context. – Kris Jan 21 '15 at 11:42

It depends on how provide is being used.

In this instance, where it means making provision for one would use for.

However if you were using 'provide' in the sense of supplying something, you would say 'provide the children with paper and pencils'.

  • I included a quotation in my paper and my teacher corrected the quotation... it was: – user106947 Jan 21 '15 at 13:22
  • “this might be one reason for teachers to provide more situations and activities for students to strengthen their speaking competence.” and I didn't undersand the correction – user106947 Jan 21 '15 at 13:23
  • @user106947 I'm not sure what you mean. Is that what you wrote or is it the correction. In that instance, which is perfectly correct, provide does not take any preposition. – WS2 Jan 21 '15 at 13:32

"provide" is an indirect object verb, similar to "give", except that "provide" allows "with" before the direct object. "Provide the rebels arms" is a double object version, with first the indirect object then the direct object, but no overt preposition. "Provide the rebels with arms" is similar, but "with" comes before the logical direct object. "Provide arms to the rebels" has "to" before the logical indirect object.

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