There’s no easy way to know which preposition follows a noun. The best way to learn this grammar is to learn the noun and preposition together. If there’s a verb after the preposition, it must of course be in the gerund form. Here is a list of the most common noun + preposition combinations:
attention to: His attention to detail is excellent.
cause of: What is the cause of all this pollution?
component of: Liquid hydrogen is one component of rocket fuel.
contribution to: The scientist made many important contributions to his field.
cure for: There’s no cure for the common cold.
decrease in: There has been a decrease in crime over the last decade.
demand for: There’s not much demand for paper bags anymore.
difficulty with: She’s been having difficulty with her oldest daughter lately.
effect of (something) on (something / someone): The effect of pollution on the children is severe.
example of: Give me an example of the unfairness that you’ve experienced.
exception to: The only exception to this rule is when you’re sick.
excuse for: There’s no excuse for being late.
experience with: I’ve had no experience with this type of problem.
expert on [or in]: He’s an expert on European history.
form of: Watching TV is a form of homework in ESL classes.
group of: A group of students is meeting after lunch to discuss the final exam.
improvement in: There’s been no improvement in your father’s health.
increase in: In the late 1940s there was a sharp increase in population.
influence on: My grandfather had a big influence on my choice of career.
interest in: She has no interest in astronomy.
origin of: What is the origin of this word?
possibility of: There’s absolutely no possibility of our arrival on time.
price of: The price of gasoline has been increasing.
probability of: There’s a 60% possibility of rain tomorrow.
quality of: The quality of cars made in that country is quite high.
reason for: There’s no good reason for forgetting your anniversary.
reliance on: He’s developed a reliance on sleeping pills.
solution to: I don’t see an easy solution to this problem.
supply of: We have a good supply of ice for the party.
team of: A team of doctors is on its way to the affected area.
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