Podcast #106 Prepositions with Adjectives (6)

Published in the category Grammar and Usage, Prepositions with Adjectives

happy for/to/with

When you are happy for a person, you are happy that something good
has happened for that person.

Her wedding was just beautiful. I was so happy for her.
I was happy for him when he passed his exams.

The phrase happy to indicates that you are willing to do
something. It usually appears in the phrase I’ll be happy to
or I’d be happy to.

I know that the party you are throwing will take a lot of
preparation. I’ll be happy to help.

You can spend the afternoon with your friends. I’d be happy
to stay with the kids.

When you are happy about something, it means that you are
pleased or glad about it.

I’m happy about the increased funding for parks.
I’m not happy about the shortened school year.
You have a lot to be happy about.

The phrase happy with means “content with” and refers to something
you have already experienced or encountered.

Lee is happy with his new job.
I’m happy with the way my life is going.
She is happy with her new apartment.

hopeless at

When you are hopeless at doing something, you have never been
successful doing it and you don’t expect that you ever will be successful.

I’m hopeless at cooking.
Jinda is hopeless at keeping her finances in order.
Many women feel that they’re hopeless at mathematics.

impressed by/with

The phrases impressed with and impressed by mean to admire something,
to judge it as being special or superior.

I was impressed by his musical abilities.
Aren’t you impressed with the food they serve here?
She was impressed by my knowledge of geography.
I am quite impressed with this hotel.

incapable of

The phrase incapable of means not being able to do something.

My boss is incapable of making a decision.
She seems incapable of being happy.
I’m just incapable of lying.

interested in/by

You are interested in something if you are curious about it or
want to know more about it.

Lakshmi was interested in Mexican History.
Are you interested in music theory?
I am interested in archeology.

The phrase interested in can also indicate a desire to
experience something.

Are you interested in eating out tonight?
I’m not interested in talking about my love life.
Is anyone here interested in going bowling?

You are interested by something when it catches your attention.

I was interested by the way he pronounces his vowels.
He was interested by the street life in Shanghai.
She was interested by the results of the survey.

jealous of

When you are jealous of a person, you are unhappy or angry
or resentful that the person has something that you wish you had.
For example: Leila’s friend Crystal had a good job and loving husband.
Leila was jealous of Crystal.
The phrase jealous of can also be followed
by a possessive. For example: I’m not jealous of my brother’s good fortune.

Leila’s friend Crystal had a good job and a loving husband. Leila was
jealous of Crystal.

I’m not jealous of my brother’s good fortune.
He’s able to get good grades without studying hard. I’m so jealous of him.
She was jealous of her daughter’s good looks.

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