Adjective Preposition FCE Collocations

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Learn adjective preposition FCE collocations. These fixed expressions will help you produce the language of the level required to do well in the FCE exam.

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FCE Collocations - Adjective + Preposition

Welcome back to advanced English lessons with Harry.

And in the class today, we’re going to look at collocations for FCE, or indeed any other English proficiency exam that you wish to take. So we’re going to look at adjective preposition FCE collocations, and the emphasis is going to be on the correct preposition that we use with each of those adjectives. 

accustomed to (doing) sth 

Meaning: familiar with sth

He is accustomed to having two cups of coffee in the morning.

capable of sth/doing sth

Meaning: be able to do sth

He is capable of so much more. He needs to apply himself better.

good at sth/doing sth

Meaning: being able to do sth really well

He’s really good at sports. He loves football and rugby.

relevant to sth

Meaning: important or significant

This document is relevant to the conversation we had yesterday.

afraid of sth/sb/doing sth 

Meaning: feeling fear

Don’t mind that dog, he is afraid of his own shadow.

afraid of = scared of = frightened of

afraid to do something

I never really was afraid to fly until I had my children.

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dependent on sth/sb

Meaning: relying on sth/sb

He’s dependent on his pension now that he has retired.

jealous of sth/sb

Meaning: unhappy because you want sth someone has

He was always jealous of me because I was better at sports.

responsible for

Meaning: in charge of sth as part of your job

He’s responsible for the marketing and communications.

responsible to someone

Meaning: have someone in charge of you

He reports directly to the managing director. He is responsible to him.

ashamed of sth/sb

Meaning: guilty or embarrassed about sth

He’s ashamed of his parents because of their poor background.

FCE Collocations - Adjective + Preposition

FCE collocations. Adjective preposition collocation. Prepare for English proficiency exams. Online English lessons at #learnenglish

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famous for (doing) sth

Meaning: known to many people because of sth

Sir Geoff Hurst is famous for scoring a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

proud of (doing) sth/sb 

Meaning: happy or satisfied about sth/sb

He’s proud of being a Scotsman.

sensitive to sth

Meaning: easily affected or distressed by sth

He’s very sensitive to criticism. He doesn’t like to be criticised.

FCE Collocations - Adjective + Preposition

aware of sth

Meaning: having knowledge of sth

It’s always a good thing to be aware of your own weaknesses.

full of sth

Meaning: having a lot of sth

Don’t listen to him. He is full of crap. He talks rubbish.

ready to do sth

Meaning: fully prepared

I’m ready to leave the minute you tell me.

ready for sth

Meaning: fully prepared

I’m ready for action! When are we going to climb that mountain?

typical of sb

Meaning: behaving in the usual way (often bad)

That’s so typical of him! You can never rely on that guy.

FCE Collocations - Adjective + Preposition

FCE collocations. Adjective preposition collocation. Prepare for English proficiency exams. Online English lessons at #learnenglish

So here are our FCE collocations for today. As I said, these expressions will also be useful for all those proficiency exams that you might like to do.

And it’s really important to understand what the adjective means.

But more important and as important is to understand and remember the preposition that goes with each of those adjectives.

So practice them where you can. If you have any problems, check them out in one of your grammar books or come back to me. I’d be happy to help you.

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Any comments, anything you want me to include? Let me know I’d be happy to look after it for you. Okay, it’s Harry saying goodbye. Thanks for listening and thanks for watching. Join me again soon.

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