Are you still confused whether to use at or in with good? Should you say sorry about or sorry for? What’s the difference? Well, you are going to learn some of the most common adjective preposition combinations in this new Grammar episode from English Plus podcast. You will learn common combinations and you will have the chance to practice what you will learn all in one place.
Adjective Preposition Combinations
NICE OF YOU, NICE TO ME
nice / kind / good / generous / polite / honest / stupid / silly etc. OF somebody (to do something)
Thank you. It was very nice of you to help me.
It was stupid of me to go out without a coat in such cold weather.
(be) nice / kind / good / generous / polite / rude / friendly / cruel etc. TO somebody
They have always been very nice to me. (not with me)
Why were you so unfriendly to Lucy?
ADJECTIVE + ABOUT / WITH
angry / annoyed / furious / upset ABOUT something | WITH somebody FOR doing something
There’s no point in getting angry about things that don’t matter.
Are you annoyed with me for being late?
Lisa is upset about not being invited to the party.
excited / worried / nervous / happy etc. ABOUT something
Are you nervous about the exam?
pleased / satisfied / happy / delighted / disappointed WITH something you get or experience
They were delighted with the present I gave them.
Were you happy with your exam results?
ADJECTIVE + AT / BY / WITH / OF
surprised / shocked / amazed / astonished / upset AT / BY something
Everybody was surprised at the news. or … by the news.
I hope you weren’t shocked by what I said. or … at what I said.
impressed WITH / BY somebody/something
I’m very impressed with (or by) her English. It’s very good.
fed up / bored WITH something
I don’t enjoy my job anymore. I’m fed up with it. / I’m bored with it.
tired OF something
Come on, let’s go! I’m tired of waiting.
SORRY ABOUT / FOR
sorry ABOUT a situation or something that happened
I’m sorry about the mess. I’ll clear it up later.
Sorry about last night. (= Sorry about something that happened last night)
sorry FOR / ABOUT something you did or caused
I’m sorry for shouting at you yesterday. (or sorry about shouting)
Sorry for the delay. (or Sorry about the delay)
You can also say ‘I’m sorry I (did something)’:
I’m sorry I shouted at you yesterday.
feel / be sorry FOR somebody in a bad situation
I feel sorry for Mark. He’s had a lot of bad luck. (not I feel sorry about Mark)
ADJECTIVE + OF
afraid / scared / frightened / terrified OF …
‘Are you afraid of spiders?’ ‘Yes, I’m terrified of them.’
fond / proud / ashamed / jealous / envious OF …
Why is he so jealous of other people?
suspicious / critical / tolerant OF …
They didn’t trust me. They were suspicious of my motives.
aware / conscious OF …
‘Did you know he was married?’ ‘No, I wasn’t aware of that.’
capable / incapable OF …
I’m sure you are capable of doing the job well.
full / short OF …
Amy is a very active person. She’s always full of energy.
I’m a bit short of money. Can you lend me some?
typical OF …
He’s late again. It’s typical of him to keep everybody waiting.
certain / sure OF or ABOUT …
I think she’s arriving this evening, but I’m not sure of that. or … not sure about that.
ADJECTIVE + AT / TO / FROM / IN / ON / WITH / FOR
good / bad / brilliant / better / hopeless etc. AT …
I’m not very good at repairing things. (not good in repairing things)
married / engaged TO …
Louise is married to an American. (not married with)
but Louise is married with three children. (= she is married and has three children)
similar TO …
Your handwriting is similar to mine.
different FROM or different TO …
The film was different from what I’d expected. or … different to what I’d expected.
interested IN …
Are you interested in art?
keen ON …
We stayed at home. Chris wasn’t keen on going out.
dependent ON … (but independent OF …)
I don’t want to be dependent on anybody.
crowded WITH (people etc.)
The streets were crowded with tourists. (but … full of tourists)
famous FOR …
The Italian city of Florence is famous for its art treasures.
responsible FOR …
Who was responsible for all that noise last night?