Adjectives normally used after verbs


✪ To understand the use of adjectives that follow verbs “be”, linking verbs and the use of adjectives that are followed by prepositions
✪ To correctly use adjectives that follow different kinds of verbs in sentences


You will learn positions of adjectives, which are adjectives following verbs. Please go learn the contents and practice the exercise Adjective normally used after verbs Adjectives are normally used after verbs. Adjectives that follow verbs are called “a predicative adjective” or adjectives in a predicative position. Predicative adjectives function as a subject complement that modifies a subject in a sentence. Adjectives can be used after verbs as follows:
1. Adjectives after verb "be"
Adjectives can occur after verb "be" such as is, am, are, was and were.
Let's see examples below

This trip is amazing
This trip + is + amazing
(subject) (verb to be) (adjective)

The airport was crowded
The airport + was + crowded
(subject) (verb to be) (adjective)

Joe will be surprised to see me.
Joe + will be + surprised to see me
(subject) main verb (verb to be) (adjective)
"Surprised" describes Joe's feeling.


: Adjectives usually follow adverbs of degree such as quite, so, too and very. I am very sorry to hear that. This story is quite sad.

Exercise I

Instruction: Select the right position (a, b or c) for given adjectives in the following items.

1. Adjective : excited
I am_(a)_so_(b)_ to see_(c)_ my German friends again.

2. Adjective : lucky
Anne won_(a)_ a lottery. She was_(b)_ very_(c)_ this time.

3. Adjective : able
When_(a)_ will_(b)_you be_(c)_to help me clean the living room?

4. Adjective : hot
Amanda was_(a)_so_(b)_in that red dress_(c)_.

5. Adjective : eager
Jim and Jill _(a)_ are_(b)_ to learn_(c)_ new things.

2. Adjectives normally used after linking verbs Adjectives can be placed after linking verbs. Linking verbs usually describe a subject of a sentence without expressing an action such as:
appear become feel get
grow look prove remain
seem smell stay sound
taste turn fall
Let's see some examples

You look tried
You + look + tired
(linking v.) (adjective)
Anna seems busy today.
Anna + seems + busy + today
(linking v.) (adjective)
It is getting dark outside.
It + is getting + dark + outside
(linking v.) (adjective)
3. Adjectives with prepositions Adjectives that are followed by a preposition are used predicatively.

Here are examples of adjectives that follow by prepositions:
able to afraid of addicted to bored of
capable to fond of concerned about interested in
different from good/bad at excited about similar to
famous on worried about proud of
I am afraid of traveling alone.
am + afraid of
(verb to be) (adjective + preposition)
We are excited about our summer vacation.
are + excited about
(verb to be) (adjective + preposition)
Charlotte was interested in cruising
was + interested in
(verb to be) (adjective + preposition)

Exercise 2

Instruction: Select the right position (a, b or c) for given adjectives in the following items.

1. Adjective: worried
I _(a)_ am _(b) about an _(c)_ exam tomorrow.

2. Adjective: afraid
Kate _(a)_ is _(b)_ of being _(c)_ alone.

3. Adjective: good
My son _(a)_ is _(b) quite _(c)_ at mathematics.

4. Adjective: fond
She is _(a)_ of _(b)_ dancing _(c)_.

5. Adjective: different
Your pencil _(a)_ case is _(b)_ from _(c)_ the old one.