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)

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