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Adjectives and prepositions

Do you know how to use adjectives with prepositions like interested in or similar to?

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

Language level

Beginner: A1
Pre-intermediate: A2

Comments

Hello Sir
Re: Home/House
e.g. I was at Sue's house last night.
Can't one use 'home' instead of 'house'
e.g. A. Where are you now? (on the phone)
B. I am at home.
We don't say 'house'
Please tell me the difference between home and house.
I referred to dictionary also but I would like if you helped me to understand the difference.
Thank you.
Regards
Lal

Hello Lal

We don't normally use a possessive before 'home'. It's not necessarily wrong to use it, but we tend to use 'house' instead. This is because if we're talking about whose place it is, we're generally talking about the physical location we're in rather than our feelings about it.

For the second example, B could say 'at my house', but people generally say 'at home' since it's a little shorter and the idea of a personal feeling about where they live is generally appropriate in a response like this. But if B wanted to insist that she was at her home (and not at the different house where A think she is), she could say 'at my house' as a kind of contrast to, for example, 'at Indira's house'.

I hope this helps you make sense of it.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

It is really a helpful example, thank for helping us

Thank you. It was very helpful. I need a bit more of practice.

These are the most commonly adjectives and prepositions. Thank you for the explanation... I'll see more information about it..

am very proud of my selfe

Hello Sir
.1. He is taller than me.
2. He is taller than I.
Please let me know which one is correct.
I think we do not use an object pronoun after 'than'
Thank you.
Regards
Lal

Hello Lal

There are many different opinions about this, but in my opinion, 'than me' is the correct form here. But many people say 'I' is better here.

If you put a verb after 'I', then only 'I' is correct -- 'than I am' is correct, and not 'than me am'. On this point, there is wide agreement.

All the best

Kirk

The LearnEnglish Team

Hello Sir
Re: than me
Thank you very much for explaining the above mentioned topic. Now I have a clear idea.. I am glad.
Thanks a lot
Regards
Lal

Great. This is wonderful.

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