Unit 117. Adjective + preposition (1)
Study these groups of adjectives + preposition.
Sometimes other prepositions are possible – a good dictionary will give you more information.
someone (to do something): Thank you. It was very nice/kind of you to help me.
It’s stupid of her to go out without a coat. She’ll catch cold.
but: (to be) nice/kind/good/generous/mean/(im)polite/rude/(un)pleasant/(un)friendIy/cruel TO someone: She has always been very nice/kind to me. (not with me)
Why were you so rude/unfriendly to Bill?
What are you so angry/annoyed about?
They were furious with me for not inviting them to the party.
delighted/pleased/satisfied/disappointed WITH something: I was delighted with the present you gave me.
Were you disappointed with your exam results?
bored/fed up WITH something: You get bored with doing the same thing every day.
I’m fed up with doing the dishes all the time.
surprised/shocked/amazed/astonished AT/BY something: Everybody was surprised at/by the news.
I was shocked at/by the condition of the building.
excited/worried/upset ABOUT something: Are you excited about going on vacation next week?
Ann is upset about not being invited to the party.
afraid/frightened/terrified/scared OF someone/something: “Are you afraid of dogs?” “Yes, I’m terrified of them.”
proud/ashamed OF someone/something: I’m not ashamed of what I did. In fact I’m quite proud of it.
jealous/envious/suspicious OF someone/something: Why are you always so jealous of other people?
He didn’t trust me. He was suspicious of my intentions.
aware/conscious OF something: “Did you know they were married?” “No, I wasn’t aware of that.”
good/bad/excellent/brilliant AT (doing) something: I’m not very good at repairing things.
married/engaged TO someone: Linda is married to an American, (not with an American)