A dependent preposition is a preposition which ALWAYS follows the same expression. Let’s look at a useful list of dependent prepositions with adjectives (to be + adjective + preposition):
- addicted to – He’s addicted to smoking.
- afraid of – I’m really afraid of snakes
- ashamed of – I’m very ashamed of my behaviour. Please forgive me.
- aware of – Are you aware of the consequences?
- different from – My brother is totally different from me.
- excited about – I’m so excited about my birthday party!
- familiar with – Are you familiar with Excel?
- famous for – What is your city famous for?
- fond of – My grandmother is very fond of her little dog.
- frightened of – All the pupils are frightened of Mr Jones.
- interested in – I’m interested in ancient history.
- jealous of – Claire is jealous of Jen because Jen always does better in exams.
- keen on – I’m not keen on horror films.
- married to – Did you know that she’s married to Tim?
- obsessed with – My daughter is obsessed with TikTok.
- proud of – We are all so proud of you for getting your degree.
- responsible for – At work, I’m responsible for arranging meetings.
- similar to – This report is very similar to John’s report.
- worried about – I’m worried about the meeting with my boss
Remember that dependent prepositions don’t follow a rule as to which preposition to use so we need to learn them and keep practising!
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