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Learn Which Preposition to Use with Adjectives

If you have trouble with prepositions, you're not alone! This lesson will help you learn the correct preposition to use with an adjective. It will follow the structure:

be + adjective + preposition + noun

Some examples of this structure are below:

  • He is afraid of spiders

  • She is good at writing

  • I am allergic to dust

Look at each group of three sentences below. For each group, choose which preposition below fits all three sentences correctly. For example, the same preposition can be used for example a), b), and c).

to / about / of / at / on / with / for

a) They are aware ______ the problem.

b) He’s very proud ______ his success.

c) I’m tired ______ sitting at home in quarantine.

d) Are you ready ______ your exam?

e) Who is responsible ______ this project?

f) We’ll find a solution that is more suitable ______ you.

g) I’m excited ______ my trip tomorrow.

h) Are you sure _______ that? I don’t think that it’s true.

i) We’re curious _______ his personal life.

j) I’m disappointed _______ the result.

k) Are you satisfied _______ the quality of the product?

l) They were impressed ________ my knowledge on the subject.

m) She’s allergic _______ peanuts.

n) The staff were very polite ______ us.

o) Your symptoms are not related _______ COVID.


letters of the alphabet

p) He’s really good _______ singing

q) I’m bad _______ driving.

r) My dog is still mad ________ me.

s) The movie is based ________ a book.

t) She’s very keen _______ fitness.

u) I don’t want to be dependent _______ my parents anymore.

The answers are given below. Other common adjectives used with each preposition are also added:

  • a - c = "of": aware of / proud of / tired of / aware of / capable of / afraid of / jealous of

  • d - f = "for": ready for / responsible for / suitable for / thankful for / sorry for / famous for

  • g - i = "about": excited about / sure about / curious about / happy about / worried about

  • j - l = "with": disappointed with / satisfied with / impressed with / annoyed with / pleased with

  • m - o = "to": allergic to / polite to / related to / addicted to / married to / similar to / used to

  • p - r = "at": good at / bad at / mad at / amazed at

  • s - u = "on": based on / keen on / dependent on

Remember that these are adjectives and not verbs, so you need to use the "be" verb with them in a clause:

  • I am not disappointed with the performance.

  • He is addicted to social media.

  • They will be thankful for your help.



Practice

As a review, try these again. They are the same sentences from earlier but now they are mixed up.

  1. The staff were very polite ______ us.

  2. I’m bad _______ driving.

  3. I’m excited ______ my trip tomorrow.

  4. He’s very proud ______ his success.

  5. The movie is based ________ a book.

  6. Who is responsible ______ this project?

  7. She’s very keen _______ fitness.

  8. We’re curious _______ his personal life.

  9. Are you satisfied _______ the quality of the product?

  10. She’s allergic _______ peanuts.

  11. Are you sure _______ that? I don’t think that it’s true

  12. Are you ready ______ your exam?

  13. Your symptoms are not related _______ COVID.

  14. He’s really good _______ singing

  15. I’m disappointed _______ the result.

  16. We’ll find a solution that is more suitable ______ you.

  17. My dog is still mad ________ me.

  18. I don’t want to be dependent _______ my parents anymore.

  19. They are aware ______ the problem.

  20. They were impressed ________ my knowledge on the subject.

  21. I’m tired ______ sitting at home in quarantine.

Practice

As a review, try these again. They are the same sentences from earlier but now they are mixed up.

  1. The staff were very polite to us.

  2. I’m bad at driving.

  3. I’m excited about my trip tomorrow.

  4. He’s very proud of his success.

  5. The movie is based on a book.

  6. Who is responsible for this project?

  7. She’s very keen on fitness.

  8. We’re curious about his personal life.

  9. Are you satisfied with the quality of the product?

  10. She’s allergic to peanuts.

  11. Are you sure about that? I don’t think that it’s true

  12. Are you ready for your exam?

  13. Your symptoms are not related to COVID.

  14. He’s really good at singing

  15. I’m disappointed with the result.

  16. We’ll find a solution that is more suitable for you.

  17. My dog is still mad at me.

  18. I don’t want to be dependent on my parents anymore.

  19. They are aware of the problem.

  20. They were impressed with my knowledge on the subject.

  21. I’m tired of sitting at home in quarantine.

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