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Adjective with Preposition

Adjective with Preposition

In English grammar, it's sometimes hard to remember which preposition is used with which adjective. The list below is a handy reference for the more common adjectives.

afraid of "I'm afraid of heights." --also scared of, frightened of

angry about something "She was angry about the new rules at work."

angry with someone "He was angry with his son for coming home late."

bad at something "The student was bad at Geography." --also good at

crazy about something "She was crazy about the Spice Girls and had all their CD's."

different from or to something / someone "The English are different from the Americans."

happy to do something "She was happy to help." --also glad to and pleased to

happy for someone "I was happy for him when he passed his exam." --also pleased for

happy with someone / something "The boss was happy with his work." --also pleased with and satisfied with

English Grammar Tip

ill with something "She's ill with the flu."

nice to someone "Be nice to him he's had a bad day."

polite to someone "The policeman was very polite to me."

ready to do something "I'm ready to start work now."

ready for something / someone "It takes me an hour to get the children ready for school."

responsible for something / someone "She felt responsible for her children."

tired from doing something (physically tired) "I'm tired from all this hard work." --also exhausted from

tired with or of something (fed up, bored with) "She was tired of taking the train to work every day and decided to drive instead."

typical of someone "It's typical of her to do that for you she always offers to help."

N.B.: The secret of remembering the right preposition in English grammar is through practice. Try to use them as much as possible and you'll soon be saying them without having to think.

Adjective with Preposition

Adjective with Preposition Examples use, rules & test exercise

1. List of common adjectives and the prepositions that normally follow them

accustomed to

afraid of

answerable to

attached to

aware of

capable of

dependent on

different to

doubtful about

enthusiastic about

excited about

famous for

fond of

guilty of

interested in

keen on

opposed to

pleased with

popular with

proud of

related to

rich in

satisfied with

serious about

similar to

suitable for

suspicious of

used to (= accustomed to)

2. Some adjectives can be followed by either of two or more prepositions

annoyed about something

The Ministry was annoyed about criticism in the paper

annoyed with

someone

They were annoyed with us for charging them

good/bad at

something

I’m very bad at mathematics.

good/bad for

something

The expected cut in interest will be good for industry.

good/bad with something

responsible to

someone

responsible for something

She should be in Marketing. She’s very good with customers.

The Export Manager is responsible to the Sales Director.

He is responsible for preparing handouts.

sorry about

something

I am sorry about the job. It’s a shame you didn’t get it.

sorry for

doing something

He said he was sorry for keeping me waiting.

(feel) sorry for

someone

I feel very sorry for Peter. He has been fired.

3. These combinations of adjectives with prepositions may be followed by noun or noun phrase.

The students were very excited about the results of the experiment.

4. When followed by a verb, the -ing form must be used.

Please let me know whether you would be interested in arranging a meeting

Adjective + Preposition Challenges

Now test your knowledge of adjective + preposition combinations. Take a look at these common adjectives and choose the prepositions that normally follow them. It's not easy to remember which preposition is used with which adjective - practice exercises like this are the best way to learn. When you have finished, write your own example sentences using the correct adjective + preposition combinations. When you have finished each exercise, check above or use a dictionary!

Adjective with Preposition

Adjective + Preposition Challenge 1

1. If you are serious

let's have a meeting.

2. The Mini-TV is very popular

customers.

3. The new Pilot notebook is similar

previous model, but it has some interesting new

features.

4. The Finance Director said he was strongly opposed

awarding everyone a tax refund.

our younger

going ahead with this,

the

5. South Africa is rich

diamonds and gold.

6. I have to travel by car or boat because I am afraid

natural resources like

flying.

Adjective + Preposition Challenge 2

- I'm not enthusiastic to with about in

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fishing, but I'll come anyway.

Sentence

- We were all pleased to in with of

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our exam results.

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- Malta is famous about to for at

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its great weather.

Sentence

7. He has very little experience. I don't think he would be

capable

8. I would be very interested

idea of a joint venture.

9. Samsung are famous

10. I am very proud

11. We are pleased

12. I'm not sure if he is aware

13. I am answerable

14. There was a photograph attached

mail.

15. We are enthusiastic

running such a large project.

discussing the

their electronic goods.

my younger sister.

the results.

all the facts.

my supervisor at work.

the e-

learning English.

6 - He looks mean, but he's capable

at

of

great generosity.

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her.

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- Tom is hopeless at for in to

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remembering birthdays.

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me.

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- Her dress is very similar

mine.

- Although we look the same, she's not related about to for by

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of

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from

about

5 - We've become very attached want to move.

this house. We don't

10 - The streets were crowded to

people.

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