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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?

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    Re: nervous

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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 them, as in I'm happy / angry with my children?
    It doesn't sound right to me. Note, you wouldn't repeat "my children".

    "Whenever my children don't study, I worry about their futures."


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    Re: nervous

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    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?
    It's not natural English to use "nervous" in that way. You could say "I get annoyed with my children when they don't study".

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    Re: nervous

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    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?
    No. Many European languages have a word similar in appearance to 'nervous' meaning 'on edge', 'tense', 'jittery', 'neurotic. In English, the word means this.

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    Re: nervous

    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?

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    Re: nervous

    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".

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    Re: nervous

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    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 asked it as a general question, with an example. (Good work). And you've been answered generally, using the example you gave.
    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.

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    Re: nervous

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You asked it as a general question, with an example. (Good work). And you've been answered generally, using the example you gave.
    In short, no.
    I have given a couple of examples in which it's possible but, in general terms, I agree with Raymott's response.

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    Re: nervous

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    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".
    Just another point, I think it's possible and correct to replace "with" in your example about the baby with "about", isn't it? Does it make sense?

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