Prepositions after adjectives ABA English

Intermediate Grammar – Prepositions after adjectives

Some adjectives need a preposition before their object. 

For example:

Spain is famous for its Mediterranean cuisine.

My dad is very proud of me.

They are so excited about their vacation to Brazil!

Unfortunately, however, there is no rule to know which prepositions go after which adjectives. This means there is only one solution: using the power of memory. 

Our tip is to try and remember a 3 combinations every day (or every week if you’re very busy!). Make sentences with each combination, practice writing them down and saying them out loud. Slowly, you will remember them all.

Here are some common combinations of adjectives and prepositions: 









angry bad amazed interested afraid keen acquainted famous
excited good confused absorbed aware bent angry fit
happy   surprised   frightened   annoyed good
sorry   alarmed   jealous   bored eady
upset       kind   delighted anxious
worried       proud   fed up sorry
        scared   compatible  


There are 39 in the table above; this means that if you memorize 3 a day, it will take you 2 weeks to remember them all. That’s not so bad, is it?

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