Common Adjective and Preposition Collocations in English

Some adjectives go with certain prepositions. There is no real pattern - you need to learn them as you meet them.


Accused of          

  • He's been accused of robbery/murder.

Accustomed to 

  • It'll take time for me to accustom myself to the changes.

Addicted to        

  • A lot of people nowadays have become addicted to the internet.

Afraid of              

  • Are you afraid of the dark?

Allergic to            

  • My dad's allergic to pop music.

Amazed at/by   

  • She was amazed at how calm she felt after the accident.
  • We were amazed by what she told us.

Angry about       

  • I'm really angry about our losses on the stock market!

Angry with someone for something        

  • I'm really angry with John for his total lack of responsibility.

Annoyed about/with/at               

  • He's annoyed with Tim because he told his secret.

Anxious about/to            

  • The drought has made farmers anxious about the harvest.
  • I'm anxious to get home to open my presents.

Appreciated for                

  • We appreciate the need for immediate action.

Ashamed of       

  • I'm not ashamed of what I did.

Associated with/at/by   

  • I don't want my children associating with drug addicts and alcoholics.

Attached to        

  • I don't attach any importance/significance to these rumors.

Aware of             

  • Were you aware of the risks at the time?

Awful at               

  • I'm awful at names.

Bad at/for           

  • Jack is really bad at keeping his promises.

Based on             

  • The film is based on a short story by Thomas Mann.

Beneficial to       

  • A stay in the country will be beneficial to his health.

Blessed with      

  • You are blessed with many talents.

Bored with          

  • You get bored / fed up with doing the same thing every day.

Brilliant at            

  • He’s brilliant at football.

Busy with            

  • The kids are busy with their homework.

Capable of          

  • You are capable of better work than this.

Careful with/to/about/of             

  • Be careful with the glasses.
  • Be careful to look both ways when you cross the road.
  • He's in a really foul temper so be careful (about/of) what you say to him.

Careless with     

  • Don't be careless with your ATM card.

Certain about/of              

  • He was quite certain about/of his attacker's identity.

Clever at/about/of/for/with       

  • Fiona is very clever at physics.
  • My mother is very clever with her hands.
  • How clever of you to buy chocolate chip cookies - they're my favorites.

Cluttered with   

  • The floor was cluttered with my situation

Comfortable with/in       

  • I'm not comfortable with the idea of leaving her on her own.
  • I don't feel comfortable in high heels.

Concerned about/for/with/to

  • I'm a bit concerned about/for your health.
  • He was concerned to hear that two of his trusted workers were leaving.
  • Her job is something concerned with computers.

Connected with/to         

  • He was connected in some way with that fraud scandal a couple of years back.
  • First connect the printer to the computer.

Conscious of      

  • She's very conscious of the problems involved.

Content with     

  • Not content with stealing my boyfriend, she has turned all my friends against me.

Coordinated with             

  • Our program is coordinated with yours

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