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Unit 10.2

Common Adjective and Preposition Combinations

Prepositions

Adjectives are determiners that can be placed in two different positions within a sentence to modify or describe a person or a thing.

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

Certain adjectives are used only with specific prepositions.

Some prepositions that are used by certain adjectives are: at, for, of, to and in.

Some adjectives are used with specific prepositions:

  • At: angry, bad, brilliant, good, lucky, present, slow, terrible
  • For: famous, grateful, known, prepared, responsible, sorry
  • Of: afraid, ashamed, aware, bad, difficult, full, jealous, made, proud, scared, tired
  • To: addicted, connected, engaged, friendly, grateful, limited, married, polite
  • In: dressed, interested, involved, skilled
  • At
    • The audience is angry at the musician.
    • She is good at drawing.
    • All students should be present at the theatre play, it’s compulsory.
  • For
    • I am very sorry for your loss.
    • Smoking is extremely bad for you.
    • The novel was too difficult for his class.
  • Of
    • The director is very proud of his movie.
    • Jason was ashamed of his behavior.
    • She is full of energy.
  • To
    • 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.
  • In
    • I’m interested in modern art.
    • She is involved in promoting modern music.
    • They both are skilled in chemistry and mathematics.

Some adjectives are used with specific prepositions to express something, but there are no grammatical rule how to combine them in the 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.

  • At: angry, bad, brilliant, good, lucky, slow, terrible
  • For: famous, known, prepared, responsible, sorry
  • Of: bad, difficult, full, jealous, made, scared, tired
  • To: addicted, connected, friendly, limited, polite
  • In: dressed, interested, involved, skilled

For example:
— “She is good at being a good friend.
— “I am responsible for the adverts.

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

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