Adjective + Preposition List
We often follow adjectives by prepositions (words like of, for, with), for example:
- afraid of
She's afraid of the dark.
- famous for
France is famous for wine.
- bored with
I'm bored with this film.
Unfortunately, there is no rule to tell you which preposition goes with which adjective. So when you learn a new adjective, it's a good idea to learn the preposition that goes with it, and write the "collocation" or combination down in your vocabulary notebook.
Here are the most common prepositions that follow adjectives in this way:
- about, at, by, for, from, in, of, to, with
And here are lists of adjectives that take specific prepositions, with a few example sentences for each group.
adjective + about
- I was angry about the accident.
- She's not happy about her new boss.
- Are you nervous about the exam?
adjective + at
- I'm rather bad at languages.
- I'm not good at languages either.
- Are you surprised at her success?
adjective + by
- We were amazed by his performance.
- They were not impressed by your argument.
- Were you surprised by his bluntness?
adjective + for
- You are eligible for bonus pay.
- We were not prepared for his answer.
- Who is responsible for this?
adjective + from
- This cake is made from coconut.
- The city is not safe from attack.
- Is this material free from toxins?
adjective + in
- I am disappointed in you.
- He isn't experienced in sales.
- Was he successful in his efforts?
adjective + of
- He's afraid of failing.
- She's not capable of caring for herself.
- Was it silly of me to try?
adjective + to
- She was addicted to alcohol.
- I'm not allergic to milk.
- Are they related to each other?
adjective + with
- I am blessed with robust health.
- Unusually, the town was not crowded with tourists.
- Are you familiar with the controls?
fed up with