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    angry at or about

    Hello.

    What preposition do we normally use with the words "angry", "annoyed", "upset" and etc.?

    "English Grammar in Use" by Murphy says that we say "angry about something" but "angry with somebody for doing something".
    The problem is that many other books suggest we use "at" instead of "about" when we talk about things. One of such books is "Common Mistakes in English" by Fitikides. Moreover, an English textbook from my university says the same thing (we use "at with things").

    Let me provide some sentences:
    There's no point in getting angry about / at things that don't matter
    Are you annoyned about / at the result of the exam?
    What prepostion would you personally choose?

    I hope you see my confusion now. I'm trying to make lists that explain the most difficult topics in the English language and one of the topics is "adjective + preposition".

    I've got a feeling that it is impossible to make such lists, especially about prepositions, as native speakers use them automatically and intuitively dependening on each situation.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: angry at or about

    Generally, we get angry at a person (or an animal, I suppose). We get angry about a subject.

    I'm really angry at my mum.
    I'm really angry about what happened at work yesterday.

    There's really no point being angry at (towards) an inanimate object.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: angry at or about



    Thank you for the response, ems. What would you say about this picture?
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    Re: angry at or about

    You can certainly be "angry with" someone. The thread title included only "at" and "about" so they were the prepositions I dealt with in my response.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: angry at or about

    OK, let's me summarize it.

    We say:
    I'm really angry at / with my sister.
    but
    I'm really angry at / about my exam results.

    Can we use these prepositions in the same way with the word "annoyed"?
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    #6

    Re: angry at or about

    Quote Originally Posted by Boris Tatarenko View Post
    OK, let's me summarize it.

    We say:
    I'm really angry at / with my sister. OK.
    but
    I'm really angry at / about my exam results.

    Can we use these prepositions in the same way with the word "annoyed"?
    You can be annoyed with, but not at, someone or something. You can be annoyed about something.
    I am not a teacher.

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