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Can we use "nervous" with "with" and say, e.g. Whenever my children don't study, I get nervous with my children, as in I'm happy / angry with my children?
Thanks very much.
But a general question, can we use "nervous" and "with" together? I mean can "with" be a preposition for "nervous" in any context? If yes, could you please give an example?
You can say, "I was nervous with excitement/anticipation/etc", but it's more usual to say "The anticipation made me (feel) nervous".
It's also possible to say, "I was very nervous with my first baby - I always felt I was about to drop her".
Note that the meaning in both cases is "anxious/worried".
In short, no.
PS: I note 5jj's reply, which I agree with. I had thought of "I get nervous with my mother-in-law staying over." But this means "I get nervous when my mother-in-law stays over. That is, it's not really a "nervous with" collocation. I think the "first baby" example is of this type.
Last edited by Raymott; 23-Jul-2012 at 09:37.