Prepositions are challenging to use correctly in your second language. This post will help you by showing 8 prepositions that are used with common adjectives. Learn from real examples with 95 useful adjective and preposition combinations.
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Adjective + Preposition – Common examples
Three common prepositions are IN AT and ON. We use them to describe how actions relate in time and place. We will start our Adjective + Preposition list with these three words.
Adjectives + IN
disappointed in – upset because something you hoped for has not happened or been as good, successful, etc. as you expected
- Fans were very disappointed in the actor after the scandal.
experienced in – having knowledge or skill in a particular job or activity
- I can see on your resume that you are experienced in teaching large classes. That will be helpful at this school.
interested in – used to describe wanting to give your attention to something and learn more about it
- At the age of 4 Mozart had become interested in music.
involved in – taking part in something; being part of something or connected with something
- You will run classes and also be involved in lesson preparation.
polite in – having or showing good manners and respect for the feelings of others
- You want to show respect when you talk to the principal, you need to be polite in these situations
successful in – having become popular and/or made a lot of money
- I always knew Martin would be successful in his job at the State office.
Adjectives + AT
amazing at – very impressive; excellent
- Rodney is an excellent guitarist and he’s also amazing at the drums.
amazed at – very surprised
- The first time I heard him play I was amazed at how good he is.
angry at – having strong feelings about something that you dislike very much or about an unfair situation
- I know I made a mistake but I hope you won’t be angry at me for too long. I promise to make it up to you.
annoyed at – slightly angry
- Karen is really annoyed at me right now. I had to work late every night this week
awful at – very bad or unpleasant
- I had a great time here over the last 3 months. I’m so sad to leave. Sorry for crying, I’m awful at goodbyes.
bad at – of poor quality; below an acceptable standard
- My Visa bill is huge this month. I need to improve my finance skills, I’m really bad at budgeting.
excellent at – extremely good
- I’ll ask my mom to make cookies for the party. She’s excellent at baking.
good at – of high quality or an acceptable standard
- I would make them myself but unfortunately, I’m not good at baking at all. The last time I tried to make cookies I burnt two batches and I filled the kitchen with smoke.
hopeless at – if something is hopeless, there is no hope that it will get better or succeed
- Rick is also hopeless at baking. He doesn’t even know how to turn the oven on.
mad at – very angry
- My wife is still mad at me from the last time I tried to cook a turkey in the oven. It was a disaster.
shocked at – surprised and upset; showing that somebody feels surprised and upset
- I was shocked at the ending of the movie. I didn’t expect that at all.
skilled at – having enough ability, experience, and knowledge to be able to do something well
- Michael has always been skilled at woodworking. He has real natural talent.
surprised at – feeling or showing surprise
- We were surprised at the cost of living here in Tokyo Japan. It wasn’t as high as we suspected.
terrible at – of very bad quality; very bad
lucky at – having good luck
- My friend and I went to the casino last weekend. I’m terrible at poker but I’m lucky at blackjack.
Adjectives + ON
dependent on – needing somebody/something in order to survive or be successful
- When I turned 21 I left home and got my own apartment. It felt nice not having to be dependent on anyone.
keen on – enthusiastic about an activity or idea, etc.
- I’m not too keen on the new prime minister. I think he is spending the country’s money on things that are not important.
big on – This has a meaning very similar to keen on, it shows we are in favor of something or like something. It is often used in its negative form, “not big on.”
- Let’s rent a comedy to watch tonight, I’m not big on horror films. If I watch one I won’t be able to sleep.
Learn how to use the common English Prepositions IN, AT, ON HERE
Adjectives + ABOUT
anxious about – feeling worried or nervous
- I’ve got three big tests next week and there doesn’t feel like I have enough time to study. I’m really anxious about them.
crazy about – to be very interested in something or love someone very much
- My cousin is crazy about Japanese anime. He has more than 50 anime DVDs in his room.
enthusiastic about – feeling or showing a lot of excitement and interest about somebody/something
- I’m not too enthusiastic about the tests either. Writing three tests in five days is very stressful.
excited about – feeling or showing happiness and enthusiasm
- Things are tough now but I’m excited about the future.
mad about – very angry
- Doug is mad about how much money he was charged for his car repairs. He feels he was ripped off.
nervous about – anxious about something or afraid of something
- I’m flying to Dublin tomorrow, it’s my first time visiting Europe. I’m a little nervous about the flight but I’m excited too.
optimistic about – expecting good things to happen or something to be successful; showing this feeling
- I try to always be optimistic about life. Having a positive attitude is good for your mental health.
sad about – unhappy or showing unhappiness
- The 2020n Fuji Rock festival was canceled due to the Coronavirus. I understand it’s for safety but I’m still sad about it.
serious about – needing to be thought about carefully
- I hope the government gets serious about boosting the economy this year. Too many people can’t find work.
stressed about – too anxious and tired to be able to relax
- I have a health check-up tomorrow, I’m sure everything’s fine but I’m a little bit stressed about it.
upset about – unhappy or disappointed because of something unpleasant that has happened
- Many people are upset about how much money was spent on the Olympics.
ABOUT and WITH
We say adjective “ABOUT something” but adjective “WITH someone for something.”
Look at the following examples and compare how these prepositions are used.
ANGRY – having strong feelings about something that you dislike very much or about an unfair situation
- Is Jennifer still angry ABOUT last Saturday?
- Is Jennifer still angry WITH me for last Saturday?
ANNOYED – slightly angry
My mom is annoyed ABOUT the dog’s dirty footprints on the carpet.
My mom is annoyed WITH my sister for letting the dirty dog in the house.
FURIOUS – very angry
My brother takes baseball too seriously. He was furious ABOUT the game last night.
He was furious WITH the first baseman for missing an easy catch.
HAPPY – feeling or showing pleasure; pleased
happy ABOUT a situation
- I’m happy about our new no overtime policy at the office. This means I can get home at a reasonable time every night.
happy WITH something you receive or the results of an action
- I’m happy with the new policy. My wife will also be happy, no more late nights.
ABOUT and FOR
SORRY – feeling sad and ashamed about something that has been done
We are sorry ABOUT a situation or something that happened.
- I’m sorry about all the junk in the garage. I’ll clean it up after dinner.
We can be sorry FOR something we did
- I’m sorry for putting all my junk in the garage. I’ll clean it up after dinner.
(more) Adjectives + FOR
eager for – very interested and excited by something that is going to happen or about something that you want to do; showing this
- This summer has been too hot. I’m eager for Autumn to bring some cool weather.
eligible for – able to be chosen for something: able to do or receive something
- Good news! My family is eligible for the government stimulus. we can get an extra $2,000 next month.
famous for – known about by many people
- This part of the city is popular among young people and famous for its nightlife.
Learn the difference between the words Famous and Popular here WorldEnglishBlog.com/confusing-english-famous-or-popular/
grateful for – feeling or showing thanks because somebody has done something kind for you or has done as you asked
- I’m grateful for all your help during this difficult time.
good for – having a useful or helpful effect on somebody/something
- Eat your vegetables, they’re good for you.
notorious for – well known for being bad
- It’s a popular area but it’s also notorious for criminal activity.
prepared for – ready and able to deal with something
- We must be prepared for anything. you never know what could happen in today’s world.
ready for – fully prepared for what you are going to do and able to start it immediately
- Everyone at the office is busy getting ready for the shareholder meeting at 6 tonight.
renowned for – famous and respected
- The chef at this restaurant is renowned for his culinary skills. he makes all his dishes by hand with a team of experts.
responsible for – having the job or duty of doing something or taking care of somebody/something, so that you may be blamed if something goes wrong
- As the head coach, I’m responsible for every member of this team.
respected for – to have a very good opinion of somebody/something; to admire somebody/something
- The teacher is well-liked and respected for his professionalism and the kindness he shows to his students.
suitable for – right or appropriate for a particular purpose or occasion
- This is a beautiful photograph. it’s suitable for framing.
thankful for – pleased about something good that has happened, or that something bad has not happened
- I’m thankful for all the great people in my life and I want to show them how much I appreciate that.
Adjectives + OF
Adjectives with feeling + of + the thing that gives us that feeling.
afraid of – feeling fear; frightened because you think that you might be hurt or suffer
- Jason is afraid of clowns. When he was younger he never went to the circus.
ashamed of – feeling shame or feeling embarrassed about somebody/something or because of something you have done
- I’m ashamed of how I acted at the party.
find of – finding something pleasant, especially something you have liked or enjoyed for a long time
- I’m not fond of horror movies. Scary and suspenseful movies are okay but I don’t enjoy seeing blood.
frightened of – afraid; feeling fear
- Are you frightened of anything?
jealous of – feeling angry or unhappy because somebody you like or love is showing interest in somebody else
- Felicity has always been jealous of her older sister.
proud of – feeling pleased and satisfied about something that you own or have done, or are connected with
- My brother lost 14 kilograms last year. I’m very proud of him.
scared of – frightened of something or afraid that something bad might happen
- I’m not scared of spiders. I think they’re really cool.
tired/sick of – had too much of something, or done something too much ~ to be bored with an activity, a thing, or person
- I’m tired of bad news. I want to hear something positive for a change.
terrified of – very frightened
- Pauline is terrified of cockroaches.
Other Adjectives with of
aware of – knowing or realizing something
- I was not aware of that.
capable of – having the ability or qualities necessary for doing something
- People are capable of amazing things!
full of – having or containing a large number or amount of something/somebody
- Next year will be full of opportunities for everyone.
typical of – (often disapproving) behaving in the way that you expect
- They raised the prices again! That’s typical of this store.
sure of – confident that you know something or that you are right
- It will rain tomorrow, I’m sure of it.
I have a full blog post on How to use Adjectives with the preposition OF (English grammar)
Adjectives + TO
addicted to – unable to stop using or doing something as a habit, especially something harmful
- I fear Walter has become addicted to painkillers and needs help.
allergic to – having an allergy to something
- My nephew is allergic to eggs. If he eats eggs he gets a rash on his face and neck.
accustomed to – familiar with something and accepting it as normal or usual
- I have lived in Japan for over 15 years so I’m accustomed to the culture now.
committed to – willing to work hard and give your time and energy to something; believing strongly in something
- The mayor is committed to the economic development of the city.
dedicated to – working hard at something because it is very important to you
- Adrian was very committed to his job and soon got promoted to assistant manager for his hard work.
friendly to – behaving in a kind and pleasant way because you like somebody or want to help them
- I really like Patrick. He has a great personality and he’s friendly to everyone.
kind to – caring about others; gentle, friendly, and generous
- We should all be kind to our elders. We can learn a lot from their life experience.
married to – having a husband or wife
- Brenda has been married to Peter for 11 years.
opposed to – disagreeing strongly with something and trying to stop it
- I’m opposed to this merger. I don’t think it helps our company and we should reject the offer.
receptive to – willing to listen to or to accept new ideas or suggestions
- I’m receptive to the idea I’m working partly from home and partly at the office once the pandemic is over. I think two days from home and 3 days from the office is fair.
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related to – connected with something/somebody in some way; in the same family
- Chris doesn’t want everyone to know that he’s related to the boss. He doesn’t want special treatment.
rude to – having or showing a lack of respect for other people and their feelings
- The staff at that restaurant was very rude to my wife so I will never go back there and I certainly don’t recommend it to anyone else.
similar to – like somebody/something but not exactly the same
- The climate in Hokkaido is similar to the climate in my home city in Canada.
*NOTE* We say similar TO but different FROM.
It’s quite different from the weather in Mark’s native New Zealand.
superior to – better in quality than somebody/something else; greater than somebody/something else
- Louis prefers this brand of running shoes. He feels this company is superior to all the others.
Adjectives + WITH
crowded with – full of something
- The stores are crowded with people looking for bargains.
thick with Informal/casual – having a large number of people or a large amount of something in one place (This meaning is similar to crowded with)
- The stores are thick with people looking for bargains.
- Downtown is thick with protesters right now. They are marching against the government’s tax increase.
impressed with – admiring somebody/something because you think they are particularly good, interesting, etc.
- I made it past the first round of cuts in the basketball team tryouts. The coach said he was impressed with my shooting.
bored with – feeling tired and impatient because you have lost interest in somebody/something or because you have nothing to do
- I’m getting bored with school. I can’t wait to graduate school and start working.
associated with – if one thing is associated with another, the two things are connected because they happen together or one thing causes the other
- After the terrible things that the singer said in the TV interview his bandmates and his manager don’t want to be associated with him anymore.
blessed with – (in religious language) lucky
- They were blessed with their third child 2 days ago. A happy baby boy.
confronted with – (of problems or a difficult situation) appearing and needing to be dealt with by somebody
- The politician didn’t know what to say when she was confronted with these issues.
content with – happy and satisfied with what you have
- I’m content with the way things are right now. There is no need to change anything at the moment.
delighted with – very pleased
- My manager was delighted with my proposal so I’m pretty sure the project will get budget approval.
disappointed with – upset because something you hoped for has not happened or been as good, successful, etc. as you expected
- The citizens were very disappointed with the president after he failed to deliver any of his election promises.
fed up with – bored or unhappy, especially with a situation that has continued for too long
- The citizens are getting fed up with the government’s lies and broken promises.
familiar with – well known to you; often seen or heard and therefore easy to recognize
- I’m not familiar with that word. let me look it up in my online dictionary.
okay with – all right; acceptable; in an acceptable way
- I’m okay with staying in tonight if you are too. We can go out tomorrow night.
pleased with – feeling happy about something
- I’m very pleased with the way things turned out.
popular with – liked or enjoyed by a large number of people
- This phone is popular with young people right now.
satisfied with – pleased because you have achieved something or because something that you wanted to happen has happened
- I have an older phone but I’m very satisfied with it. I’ve never had any problems and it does everything I need it to do.
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