Adjective + preposition (1)


   Adjective + preposition (1)


A. It was nice of you to ...


nice/kind/good/generous/polite/silly/stupid etc. OF somebody (to do something):


- Thank you. It was very nice/kind of you to help me.
- It is stupid of her to go out without a coat in such cold weather.



but (be) nice/kind/good/generous/polite/friendly/cruel etc. TO somebody:


- They have always been very nice/kind to me. (not 'with me')
- Why were you so unfriendly to Tessa?

B. Adjective + about/with



angry/annoyed/furious ABOUT something
angry/annoyed/furious WITH somebody FOR doing something


- It's stupid to get angry about things that don't matter.
- Are you annoyed with me for being late?


excited/worried/upset/nervous/happy etc. ABOUT something:


- Are you excited about going on holiday next week?
- Carol is upset about not being invited to the party.


delighted/pleased/satisfied/disappointed WITH something:

- I was delighted with the present you gave me.
- Were you disappointed with your exam results?

C. Adjective + at/by/with


surprised at


surprised/shocked/amazed/astonished AT/BY something:


- Everybody was surprised at (or by) the news.
- I hope you weren't shocked by (or at) what I said.


impressed WITH/BY somebody/something:


- I'm very impressed with (or by) her English. It's very good.


fed up/bored WITH something:


- I don't enjoy my job any more. I'm fed up with it./I'm bored with it.

sorry ABOUT


D. sorry about/for


sorry ABOUT something:


- I'm sorry a out t e noise last night. We were having a party.


but usually sorry FOR doing something:


- I'm sorry for shouting at you yesterday.


You can also say 'I'm sorry I (did something)':


- I'm sorry I shouted at you yesterday.


We say 'to feel/to be sorry FOR somebody':


- I feel sorry for George. He has a lot of problems.





 1 Write sentences using nice of ..., kind of ... etc.

  1. I went out in the cold without a coat.

  2. Sue offered to drive me to the airport.

  3. I needed money and Ian gave me some.

  4. They didn't invite us to their party.

  5. Can I help you with your luggage?

  6. Kevin didn't thank me for the present.

  7. They've had an argument and now they refuse to speak to each other.

  (silly) _That was silly of you._

  (nice) That was --- her.

  (generous) That ---.

  (not very nice) That wasn't ---.

  (very kind) --- you.

  (not very polite) ---.

  (a bit childish) ---.



2 Complete the sentences using one of the following adjectives + the correct preposition:

  annoyed  annoyed  astonished  bored  excited  impressed  kind  sorry

  1. We're all _excited about_ going on holiday next week.

  2. Thank you for all your help. You've been very --- me.

  3. I wouldn't like to be in her position. I feel --- her.

  4. What have I done wrong? Why are you --- me?

  5. Why do you always get so --- little things?

  6. I wasn't very --- the service in the restaurant. We had to wait ages before our food arrived.

  7. John isn't happy at college. He says he's --- the course he's doing.

  8. I had never seen so many people before. I was --- the crowds.



3 Put in the correct preposition.

  1. I was delighted _with_ the present you gave me.

  2. It was very nice --- you to do my shopping for me. Thank you very much.

  3. Why are you always so rude --- your parents? Can't you be nice  them?

  4. It was a bit careless --- you to leave the door unlocked when you went out.

  5. They didn't reply to our letter, which wasn't very polite --- them.

  6. We always have the same food every day. I'm fed up --- it.

  7. I can't understand people who are cruel --- animals.

  8. We enjoyed our holiday, but we were a bit disappointed --- the hotel.

  9. I was surprised --- the way he behaved. It was completely out of character.

  10. I've been trying to learn Spanish but I'm not very satisfied --- my progress.

  11. Linda doesn't look very well. I'm worried --- her.

  12. Are you angry --- what happened?

  13. I'm sorry --- what I said. I hope you're not angry --- me.

  14. The people next door are furious --- us making so much noise last night.

  15. Jill starts her new job next week. She's quite excited --- it.

  16. I'm sorry --- the smell of paint in this room. I've just decorated it.

  17. I was shocked --- what I saw. I'd never seen anything like it before.

  18. The man we interviewed for the job was intelligent but we weren't very impressed --- his appearance.

  19. Are you still upset --- what I said to you yesterday?

  20. He said he was sorry --- the situation but there was nothing he could do.

  21. I felt sorry --- the children when we went on holiday. It rained every day and they had to spend most of the time indoors.





UNIT 129





  2 That was nice of her.


  3 That was generous of him.


  4 That wasn't very nice of them.


  5 That's very kind of you.


  6 That wasn't very polite of him.


  7 That's bit childish of them.





  2 kind to


  3 sorry for


  4 annoyed with


  5 annoyed about


  6 impressed with/impressed by


  7 bored with (or bored by)


  8 astonished at/astonished by






2 of
3 to ... to
4 of
5 of
6 with
7 to
8 with
9 at/by
10 with
11 about
12 about
13 sorry about or sorry for ... angry with
14 furious with us for making
15 about
16 about
17 at/by
18 with/by
19 about
20 about
21 for