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Adjective Preposition Combinations - # 2 - 'of / on / to / with'

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OF

Use the following adjectives followed by 'of'. Each group of adjectives have the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.

  • nice / kind / good / generous of someone (to do something)

    Example: It was very nice of him to buy me a present.

  • mean of someone (to do something)

    Example: It was very mean of Susan to say that to Tom.

  • stupid / silly of someone (to do something)

    Example: I'm afraid it was stupid of me to come.

  • intelligent / clever / sensible of someone (to do something)

    Example: That was quite sensible of Tom.

  • polite of someone (to do something)

    Example: It was very polite of Peter to invite my sister to the party.

  • impolite / rude of someone (to do something)

    Example: I can't believe how rude it was of Jack to shout at his daughter in front of all those people.

  • unreasonable of someone (to do something)

    Example: Don't be so hard on yourself! It's unreasonable of you to expect to understand everything immediately.

  • proud of something or someone

    Example: I'm very proud of my daughter's wonderful progress in school.

  • ashamed of someone or something

    Example: She's ashamed of her bad grades.

  • jealous / envious of someone or something

    Example: She's really envious of her sister's wealth.

  • aware / conscious of something

    Example: Teens are often overly conscious of skin blemishes.

  • capable / incapable of something

    Example: Peter is quite capable of conducting the meeting on his own.

  • fond of someone or something

    Example: She is so fond of her niece.

  • short of something

    Example: I'm afraid I'm short of cash tonight.

  • tired of something

    Example: I'm tired of your complaining!

ON

Use the following adjective followed by 'on'. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.

  • to be keen on something

    Example: She is very keen on horses.

TO

Use the following adjectives followed by 'to'. Each group of adjectives have the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.

  • married / engaged to someone

    Example: Jack is engaged to Jill.

  • nice / kind / good / generous to someone

    Example: She was very generous to me when I was staying with her.

  • mean / impolite / rude / unpleasant / unfriendly / cruel to someone

    Example: How can you be so unfriendly to your neighbors?

  • similar to something

    Example: His painting is similar to Van Gough.

WITH

Use the following adjectives followed by 'with'. Each group of adjectives have the same or related meanings. Use the verb 'to be' with these expressions.

  • angry / annoyed / furious with someone for something

    Example: I'm furious with my brother for having lied to me!

  • delighted / pleased / satisfied with something

    Example: He is quite satisfied with his results.

  • disappointed with something

    Example: She's really disappointed with her new car.

  • bored / fed up with something

    Example: Let's go. I'm fed up with this party.

  • crowded with (people, tourists, etc.)

    Example: Disneyland is crowded with tourists in July.

Test Your Understanding

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Adjective Preposition Quiz - # 2

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