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Adj + preposition:

Structure:

S + be + Adj + preposition (except “to”) + V-ing/Noun 

Ex: – I’m very good at English and Maths.

–       This exam is very important to me

–       I’m afraid of staying at home alone.

 

Adj + preposition in use:

   1. Adj + of

be ashamed of                           be afraid of

be aware of                                be capable of

be confident of                          be doublful of

be fond of                                  be full of

be hopeful of                             be independent of

be nervous of                             be proud of

be jealous of                               be guilty of

be sick of                                    be scared of

be joyful of                                  be quick of

be tired of                                    be terrified of

 

2. Adj + to

be able to                                    be acceptable to

be accustomed to                       be agreeable to

be addicted to                             be available to sb

be delightfull to sb                     be familiar to sb

be clear to                                     be contrary to

be equal to                                    be exposed to

be favourable to                          be grateful to sb

be harmful to sb (for sth)          be important to

be likely to                                    be lucky to

be liable to                                    be necessary to sth/sb

be next to                                     be open to

be pleasant to                                be preferable to

be profitable to                              be responsible to sb

be rude to                                       be similar to

be useful to sb                               be willing to

 

   3. Adj + for

be available for sth                      be anxious for, about

be bad for                                      be good for

be convenient for                         be difficult for

be late for                                      be liable for sth

be dangerous for                           be famous for

be fit for                                         be well-known for

be greedy for                                  be good for

be grateful for sth                         be helpful / useful for

be necessary for                            be perfect for

be prepared for                              be qualified for

be ready for sth                              be responsible for sth

be suitable for                                 be sorry for

 

   4. Adj + at

be amazed at                                  be amused at

be angry at sth                              be annoyed at sth

be bad at                                        be clever at

be clumsy at                                   be excited at

be excellent at                               be furious at sth

be quick at                                       be present at

be skillful at                                     be surprised at

be shocked at

 

5. Adj + with 

be annoyed with                           be delighted with

be disappointed with sb              be acquainted with

be crowded with                           be contrasted with

be concerned with                       be compared with

be angry with                                 be friendly with

be bored with                                 be fed up with

be busy with                                   be familiar with

be furious with                              be pleased with

be popular with                            be satisfied with

 

   6. Adj + about

be careless about                        be concerned about

be confused about                      be excited about

be happy about                            be sad about

be serious about                          be upset about

be worried about                         be anxious about

be disappointed about sth

 

   7. Adj + in

be absorbed in                               be involved in

be interested in                             be rich in

be successful in                             be confident in sth

 

   8. Adj + from:

be absent from                               be different from

be safe from                                    be divorced from

be descended from                         be far from

 

   9. Adj + on

be keen on

be dependent on

 

10.  Specific situations with adj +prep:

  •  Be tired of                        Be tired from

Ex: – I’m tired of doing the same work everyday.

–       I’m tired from doing the same work everyday.

  • Be grateful to sb for sth

Ex: – I’m grateful to you for your help

  • Be responsible to sb for sth
  • Good / bad for sth
  • Good / bad at Subject, skill
  • It’s kind / nice of sb


Exercise: Circle the correct answer

1.  Dave has a good result, his parents are very proud                                  him!

a. on                                       b. in

c. of                                        d. for

2.  The final exam is coming, Dave is very nervous                it.

a. on                                       b. in

c. of                                        d. for

3.  Dave must try hard because this exam is very important                       him.

a. on                                       b. in

c. to                                        d. for

4.  Dave is willing                try hard to get a good result.

a. on                                       b. in

c. to                                        d. for

5.  Jogging is good                           health.

a. on                                       b. in

c. to                                        d. for

6.  Dave is very good                                  Maths.

a. on                                       b. in

c. at                                        d. for

7.  Dave must be responsible                   the result he did.

a. on                                       b. in

c. to                                        d. for

8.  Dave’s parents go outside, he must be responsible                                  his young brother.

a. on                                       b. in

c. to                                        d. for

9.  Dave’s parents are very pleased                                him because he have a good result.

a. on                                       b. in

c. with                                    d. for

10.  Dave feels very excited                      taking the next trip in the summer.

a. on                                       b. in

c. at                                        d. with

Solution:

1. c                              2. c                              3. c                  4. c

5. d                             6. c                              7. d                 8. c

9. c                              10. c

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