Adjectives + preposition combination

1. List of common adjectives and the prepositions that normally follow them
accustomed to  afraid of  answerable to  attached to
aware of  capable of dependent on  different to 
doubtful about  enthusiastic about  excited about  famous for 
quilty of  interested in  opposed to  pleased with 
popular with proud of  related to  rich in 
satisfied with  serious about  similar to  suitable to
suspicious of  used to (= accustomed to)    

2. Some adjectives can be followed by either of two or more prepositions

annoyed about something The Ministry was annoyed about criticism in the paper
annoyed with someone They were. annoyed with us for charging them

good/bad at something I'm very bad at mathematics.
good/bad for something The expected cut in interest will be good for industry.
good/bad with something She should be in Marketing. She's very good with customers.

responsible to someone The Export Manager is responsible to the Sales Director.
responsible for something He is responsible for preparing handouts.

sorry about something I am sorry about the job. It's a shame you didn't get it.
sorry for doing something He said he was sorry for keeping me waiting.
(feel) sorry for someone I feel very sorry for Peter. He has been fired.

3. These combinations of adjectives with prepositions may be followed by noun or noun phrase.

The students were very excited about the results of the experiment.
4. When followed by a verb, the -ing form must be used.
Please let me know whether you would be interested in arranging a meeting.


Complete the sentences with a suitable preposition or adjective.

  1. If you are serious _____ going ahead with this, let's have a meeting.
  2. The Mini-TV is very popular _____ our younger customers.
  3. The new Pilot notebook is ____ to previous model, but it has some interesting new features.
  4. The Finance Director said he was strongly _____ to awarding everyone a

  5. South Africa is _____ in natural resources like diamonds and gold.
  6. I have to travel by car or boat because I am _____ of flying.
  7. He has very little experience. I don't think he would be _____ of running such a large project.
  8. I would be very_____in discussing the idea of a joint venture.

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