ADJ about n
Adjectives with this pattern belong to the following meaning groups:The 'passionate' and 'cool' groupThe 'happy' groupThe 'unhappy' groupThe 'philosophical' groupThe 'nervous' groupThe 'angry' groupThe 'curious' groupThe 'arrogant' groupThe 'cynical' and 'serious' groupThe 'certain' groupThe 'specific' and 'vague' groupThe 'apologetic' groupThe 'scathing' and 'charitable' groupThe 'articulate' and 'reticent' groupThe 'honest' and 'dishonest' groupThe 'entertaining' groupThe 'marvellous' groupThe 'ruthless' groupThe 'careful' groupThe 'fair' and 'selfish' groupThe 'analytical' groupThe 'aware' and 'ignorant' groupThe 'right' and 'wrong' group
ADJ about nThe adjective is followed by a prepositional phrase which consists of about and a noun group. With some adjectives, the preposition is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause or a wh-clause. These patterns are ADJ about -ing and ADJ about wh.
|Giorgio was||gloomy||about||the future.|
|She is||perplexed||about||what to do for him.|
|Gordon is being||stoical||about||having his leg amputated.|