Adjectives and Verbs + Prepositions Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in Spanish Grammar, Spanish Vocabulary

There are some adjectives that collocate with certain prepositions. The use of prepositions oftentimes doesn’t follow a fixed or set rule so it’s best to learn them together with the word they’re used with.

Listo para – ready for
Preocupado con – worried about
Adicto a – addicted to
Conforme con – in agreement with
Harto de – fed up with
Aburrido de – bored with
Responsable de – in charge of

The same thing happens with verbs. Sometimes the English verb doesn’t need a preposition to express meaning.

Alegrarse de – to be happy about
Acabar de – to have just (done something)
Acordarse de – to remember
Acostumbrarse a – to get used to
Asomarse a – to show (oneself)
Cansarse de – to get tired of
Casarse con – to get married to
Contar con – to count on, to rely on
Dejar de – to stop doing something
Disculparse por – to apologize for
Disfrutar de – to enjoy
Disfrutar en – to have fun (somewhere)
Dudar de – to doubt
Encargarse de – to take care of
Fiarse de – to trust
Fijarse en – to pay attention to

These are only some examples. In your vocabulary notebook (still don’t have one?) write the verbs with the corresponding preposition and review, review, review!

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English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


  1. andreas:

    Te agradezco los mensajes maravillosos que envías. En mi opninión hay que no sólo rapasar los verbos y adjetivos con prepocisiones, sino también hacer muchísimos ejercicios para aprenderlos. Aquí, en Ucraina, tenemos unos manuales muy buenos de Moscú con muchísimos ejercicios, y yo los hago regularmente.