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    Why adjectives can have a prepositional phrase after them?

    Pls, can someone tell me why some adjectives can have a prepositional phrase after them?

    For example: People were anxious for news.

    According to a book, "anxious for news" is adjective with prepositional phrase. I dont understand why. Can't it just be "anxious"?

    One of the examples in Cambridge Grammar of English is:

    He was very keen on sport and nature. "very keen on sport and nature" is an adjective phrase, with "very" being the premodifier, "keen" as the head, and "on sport and nature" as the complement. I dont understand why "on sport and nature" is complement.

    Argh, in short i am really confused >.<

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    Re: Why adjectives can have a prepositional phrase after them?

    HI kindaichiXXX
    PREPOSITIONS USED WITH ADJECTIVES AND PARTICIPLES

    Certain adjectives and past participles used as adjectives can be followed by a preposition + noun / gerund. Usually specific adjectives and participles require specific prepositions. These can be found by consulting a good dictionary, which after any adjective will give the prepositions that can be used with it.
    about, at, for in, of, on to, with are the most commonly used prepositions with adjectives and participles.
    There are no specific rules for which preposition to use with which adjective but learning them as you would learn a new vocabulary word seems to help most people. However, the rule for what kind of complement should follow the preposition can be deduced through the examples that accompany each adjective/preposition combination.


    See the list here PREPOSITIONS USED WITH ADJECTIVES AND PARTICIPLES


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    Re: Why adjectives can have a prepositional phrase after them?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    HI kindaichiXXX
    PREPOSITIONS USED WITH ADJECTIVES AND PARTICIPLES

    Certain adjectives and past participles used as adjectives can be followed by a preposition + noun / gerund. Usually specific adjectives and participles require specific prepositions. These can be found by consulting a good dictionary, which after any adjective will give the prepositions that can be used with it.
    about, at, for in, of, on to, with are the most commonly used prepositions with adjectives and participles.
    There are no specific rules for which preposition to use with which adjective but learning them as you would learn a new vocabulary word seems to help most people. However, the rule for what kind of complement should follow the preposition can be deduced through the examples that accompany each adjective/preposition combination.


    See the list here PREPOSITIONS USED WITH ADJECTIVES AND PARTICIPLES

    i see, thanks for your reply

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