Dependent prepositions

In the English language, there are many verbs, nouns and adjectives which are followed by specific prepositions.  The prepositions are called dependent because their choice depends on the particular word and its meaning.

One of the things that drives English students crazy is dependent prepositions and the only way to learn them is through memory and use. Use this handy box to instantly remind you of what preposition goes with what adjective:

Adjectives + dependent prepositions

according to accustomed toafraid of

adventurous about

annoyed with/about/at

anxious about

ashamed of

astonished at

attached to

averse to

aware of

bored with

crazy about

delighted at/about

dependent on

different from

dissatisfied with

doubtful about

engrossed with


enthusiastic about envious ofexcited about

famous for

fed up with

fond of

frightened of

friendly with

good/bad/proficient at

guilty of

incapable of

interested in

involved in

jealous of

keen on

kind to

mad at/about

OK about

opposed to

pleased with


popular with

proud of

puzzled by/about

reliant on

safe from

satisfied with

sensitive to(wards)

serious about

sick of

similar to

sorry for/about

suspicious of

sympathetic to(wards)

tired of

typical of

unaware of

used to

wary of

worried about

Now, it’s time to practise it, take this online quiz to have further practice on prepositions after adjectives

If interested in the topic, dependent prepositions are not only found after adjectives. Find here a collection of verbs and nouns which are always followed by a preposition and have some practice on it trying to complete these quizzes:

Prepositions after Nouns

Prepositions with Verbs

Prepositions Mixed Types

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