Adjectives and prepositions

Adjectives and prepositions

Do you know how to use adjectives with prepositions like interested in or similar to? Test what you know with interactive exercises and read the explanation to help you.

Look at these examples to see how adjectives are used with prepositions.

I'm interested in the idea.
My jacket is similar to yours.
She's brilliant at maths.
My neighbour is angry about the party.

Try this exercise to test your grammar.

Grammar test 1

Grammar test 1: Adjectives and prepositions

Read the explanation to learn more.

Grammar explanation

Some adjectives go with certain prepositions. There are no grammatical rules for which preposition is used with which adjective, so it's a good idea to try to learn them together. To help you do this, write new vocabulary in your notebook in a sentence or phrase.

However, there are some patterns that can help you. Let's look at them first. Remember that a preposition is followed by a noun or a gerund (-ing form).

With at

We use at with adjectives like good/bad/amazing/brilliant/terrible, etc. to talk about skills and abilities.

He's really good at English.
She's amazing at the piano.
They're terrible at organising anything.
I'm not very good at drawing.

With about

We often use about with adjectives of feelings like angry/excited/happy/nervous/sad/stressed/worried, etc. to explain what is causing that feeling.

I'm angry about the decision.
He's nervous about the presentation.
She's excited about the new job.
They were worried about the exam.

With of

However, sometimes we use of with feelings.

She was afraid of telling her mum.
I'm frightened of having an accident.
He's scared of flying.
You should be proud of your progress.

With to

We can use to to show the connection between people or things.

He's married to the director.
I'm addicted to my phone.
I'm allergic to nuts.
It's similar to the old one.

We can also use to to talk about someone's behaviour towards someone else.

They were really friendly to me.
Was he nice to you?
He is always polite to everyone.
She was very rude to the waitress.

Here are some other useful adjectives with prepositions.

With for

Exercise is good for you.
Stress is bad for you.
The town is famous for its cheese.
I'm responsible for the financial side of the business.

With in

She's interested in the project.
They want someone who's experienced in design.
I didn't want to get involved in the argument.

Do this exercise to test your grammar again.

Grammar test 2

Grammar test 2: Adjectives and prepositions

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Hello SaraZaber,

Both are grammatically possible. I'm not sure what the context is or what you want to express, so I wouldn't like to say which would be preferable.



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again SaraZaber,

I think the first version is preferable, but unless the lines are already written (meaning the task is simply to memorise them) we'd probably say something like this:

Prepare two lines to say/speak on the topic of 'My Friend'



The LearnEnglish Team

Hello again SaraZaber,

You're asking us to help you with instructions for a task which we don't know, so it's difficult for us to answer you. We don't know if the task is to memorise something which is already written or to write something original. We don't know if the lines are to be read or to be memorised and recited.


To be honest, this is not the kind of help we provide on this site. We try to help with the learning process by explaining how language is used, what the rules of grammar and patterns of communication are. We don't provide a checking service or act as a phrasebook precisely because that kind of help needs a detailed understanding of the context and the intention. I understand that might be frustrating when you need specific language for a specific situation, but that's not the focus of this site.

As I already said, I think the first option is probably the best, but it really does depend on the context and the intention of the speaker.



The LearnEnglish Team

Thank you for all your help. I was trying to understand how to use preposition "to" if the task was to write , memorise and then recite. Thank you once again

Submitted by maryamalmuslimah on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 16:49

thanks so much

Submitted by moonflower on Wed, 24/03/2021 - 08:54

These exercises in free lessons here are very useful and good for me. Thank you, British Council.

Hi moonflower,

We're glad to hear that :) Thank you for visiting our site.


The LearnEnglish Team