UNIT 127. Adjective + Preposition 1

Canada-29 grammar


It was nice of you to …
nice / kind / good / generous / polite / stupid / silly, etc. OF somebody (to do something)
– Thank you. It was very kind of you to help me.
– It is stupid of me to go out without a coat in such cold weather.

but (be) nice / kind / good / generous / polite / rude / friendly / cruel, etc. TO somebody
– They have always been very nice to me. (not with me)
– Why were you so unfriendly to Lucy?


Adjective + about / with / at
furious / angry / mad / upset ABOUT something
– Max is really angry about what his brother said.

 mad                AT          |
 upset              WITH        |- somebody FOR dong something
 furious / angry    AT / WITH   |
  • My parents are mad at me for disobeying them.
  • Are you upset with me for being late?
  • Pat’s furious with me for telling her secret. (or furious at me)

excited / worried / upset / nervous / happy, etc. ABOUT a situation
– Are you excited about going away next week?
– Lisa is upset about not being invited to the party.

delighted / pleased / satisfied / happy / disappointed WITH something you receive, or the result of something
– I was very pleased with the present you gave me.
– Were you happy with your exam results?



Adjective + at / by / with
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 don’t enjoy my job any more. I’m fed up with it. / I’m bored with it.



Sorry about / for
sorry ABOUT a situation or something that happened
– I’m sorry about the mess. I’ll clean it up later.
– We’re all sorry about Julie losing her job.

sorry FOR / ABOUT something you did
– Alex is very sorry for what he said. (or sorry about what he said)
– I’m sorry for shouting at you yesterday. (or sorry about shouting)

You can also say “I’m sorry I (did something)”:
– I’m sorry I shouted at you yesterday.

feel / be sorry FOR somebody who is in a bad situation
– I feel sorry for Matt. He’s had a lot of bad luck. (not I feel sorry about Matt)