Unit 10.2

Common Adjective and Preposition Combinations


Prepositions are essential because they provide additional details about the sentence.

Adjectives are determiners that can be placed in two different positions within a sentence to modify or describe a person or a thing. Certain adjectives are used only with specific prepositions.


The most commonly used prepositions which follow certain adjectives are atforinof and to.

Examples of adjectives which precede these prepositions in sentences are:

  • Angrybadbrilliantgoodluckypresentslowterrible… + at + …
  • Famousgratefulknownpreparedresponsiblesorry… + for + …
  • Dressedinterestedinvolvedskilled… + in + …
  • Afraidashamedawarebaddifficultfulljealousmadeproudscaredtired… + of + …
  • Addicted, connected, engagedfriendlygratefullimitedmarriedpolite… + to + …



  • The audience is angry at the musician.
  • She is good at drawing.
  • All students should be present at the theatre play, it’s compulsory.


  • I am very sorry for your loss.
  • Smoking is extremely bad for you.
  • The novel was too difficult for his class.


  • I’m interested in modern art.
  • She is involved in promoting modern music.
  • They both are skilled in chemistry and mathematics.


  • The director is very proud of his movie.
  • Jason was ashamed of his behavior.
  • She is full of energy.


  • I think I’m a bit addicted to music.
  • He doesn’t feel connected to his country at all.
  • My sister is married to an English photographer.


We use some prepositions with certain adjectives in order to express something, but there are no grammatical rules on how to combine them in a sentence.


Prepositions are important as they provide additional information about the sentence. We can use certain adjectives only with specific prepositions. There is no rule regarding this topic, therefore you need to learn them by heart.

The most commonly used are:

  • Angry, bad, brilliant, good, lucky, present, slow, terrible… + at + …
  • Famousknown, prepared, responsible, sorry… + for + …
  • Dressed, interested, involved, skilled… + in + …
  • Bad, difficult, full, jealous, madescared, tired… + of + …
  • Addicted, connected, friendlylimitedpolite… + to + …

For example:
— “She is good at being a good friend.” = We always use good with the preposition at.
— “I am responsible for the adverts.” = We always use responsible with the preposition for.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.