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Prepositions and Adjectives

Prepositions and Adjectives

Some adjectives go with certain prepositions. There is no real pattern – you need to learn them as you meet them. Here are some examples but remember that there are many other adjective + preposition combinations that are not covered here:

  • afraid of (NOT by) something. 
    I am afraid of dogs.
  • angry with someone for something 
    I was angry with him for lying to me.
  • Bad at (NOT in)
    I am bad at maths.
  • different from / to
    Tea is different from/to coffee.
  • Excited about
    I am very excited about my new flat.
  • Good at (NOT in)
    I am very good at sports.
  • Impressed with/by
    I am very impressed with/by your work.
  • Interested in
    He is very interested in cooking.
  • Kind to (NOT with)
    You have been very kind to me.
  • Pleased with somebody
    I am very pleased with you.
  • Pleased with/about/at something
    I am very pleased with/about/at the job interview.
  • Polite to (NOT with)
    You should be polite to your teachers.
  • Proud of
    He is very proud of his new car.
  • Responsible for something (NOT of)
    Who is responsible for this error?
  • Rude to (NOT with)
    You were very rude to me yesterday.
  • Shocked at/by
    I was shocked at/by the news of her wedding.
  • Sorry about something
    I am sorry about your bad news.
  • Sorry for/about an action
    I am sorry for/about being rude.
  • Sorry for a person
    I feel sorry for her.
  • Wrong with
    What’s wrong with the car?