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

 
 
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.
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Adjective + Preposition Combinations - # 2 - 'of / on / to / with'
 
Test you knowledge of adjective + preposition combinations using of / on / to / with. Choose the correct preposition and click on the arrow to see you have answered correctly.
  1. It was very kind you to buy me such a wonderful present. Thank you!
  2. The store was crowded people.
  3. I have been married Barbara for over ten years.
  4. She was very good Jack while he was visiting.
  5. It was very good you to come.
  6. They are very keen stamp collecting.
  7. Their house is quite similar ours.
  8. I'm afraid I'm rather disappointed my new computer.
  9. His teachers were cruel him when he was young.
  10. She is proud her high marks on the exam.
  11. Unfortunately, he is quite jealous his neighbor's new car.
  12. It was rather clever George to combine his business trip with a visit to his favorite museum.
  13. He's become bored his latest hobby.
  14. I'm afraid he is incapable understanding the most basic concepts.
  15. Alice! Don't be rude your grandmother.