2

Are there any other prepositions to use with the verb inspire other than "from" and "by"?

Example:

He also inspired me ______ how important the teachers are to their students.

  • 2
    I don't know that I understand your question. Neither from nor by would work in your example sentence. – Catija Jun 25 '16 at 14:37
  • 1
    The preposition with would work in your example sentence: "He also inspired me with how important the teachers are to their students." (Note that "students" should be plural.) Even so, the use of "inspired me" is questionable in this sentence. Do you mean to say, "He also impressed on me how important the teachers are to their students"? One is usually not inspired by importance. This might be better said in two sentences: 1.) He inspired me to/by/with [whatever]. 2.) He made me realize how important the teachers are to their students. – Mark Hubbard Jun 25 '16 at 14:55
  • Thank you Mark and Catija. Yes, of course. Students should be plural. I was writing this sentence in a cover letter. I think inspiration brings ideas to your mind. He brought this idea to my mind as he was a source of inspiration. That's how I thought about it. – Al Kaml Rajab Jun 25 '16 at 15:33
1

There are other prepositions that can be used with the verb "inspire" but each means a slightly different thing, and none work with the second half of this sentence.

He inspired me by [doing something inspirational].

He inspired me with [his inspirational behavior/messages].

He inspired me through [his inspirational messages/behavior].

He inspired me to [also do that inspirational thing].

Outside of a more elaborate sentence structure, these four prepositions are going to be your typical options. None of these quite fits for "...how important teachers are to their students."

You can keep the structure the same by using a different verb. There are plenty of different words that fit grammatically, but each has a slightly different implication about the way he gave this information to you. Here are a few options:

He showed me how important the teachers are to their students.

He taught me how important the teachers are to their students.

He demonstrated to me how important the teachers are to their students.

If you prefer to keep the verb "inspire" then we can instead add a few more words.

He inspired me with his belief of how important the teachers are to their students.

0

"Inspired from" is not correct. One can take inspiration from something, but then the verb is "take" and inspiration is a noun.

There are other prepositions that could follow inspire as a verb. For example, one can inspire people through great leadership.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.