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.

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Below is the list of common Adjective and Preposition Collocations in English. There is no real pattern – you need to learn them as you meet them.

Common Adjective and Preposition Collocations

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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