Grammar Patterns

ADJ about n

The 'unhappy' group

These adjectives indicate that someone is unhappy or pessimistic about a situation.
Dave was bitter about the fact that I wanted to leave.
Are you essentially pessimistic about the possibility of lasting love?
She was particularly unhappy about the sale of paintings worth millions of pounds.
The preposition about is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause, especially in the case of desperate, heartbroken, miserable, pessimistic, sad, uncomfortable, uneasy, and unhappy.
Mrs Stagg said they were sad about leaving but were also looking ahead.
The preposition about is sometimes followed by a noun group and an '-ing' clause. This pattern is ADJ about n -ing.
We are disappointed about Brian deciding not to come on this tour.
In the case of bad, the adjective always follows the verb feel.
At heart, she felt bad about what she was doing and made excuses not to attend church with her father.
  • anguished
  • bad
  • bearish
  • bitter
  • broken-hearted
  • defeatist
  • desperate
  • disappointed
  • disconsolate
  • distraught
  • downbeat
  • downcast
  • gloomy
  • glum
  • grumpy
  • heartbroken
  • hysterical
  • miserable
  • morbid
  • negative
  • pessimistic
  • restive
  • rueful
  • sad
  • sick
  • tearful
  • uncomfortable
  • uneasy
  • unhappy
  • See related content

    English Dictionary
    English Dictionary
    NEW from Collins!
    NEW from Collins!
    English Word Lists
    English Word Lists
    Easy Learning English Grammar
    Easy Learning English Grammar
    Word Lover's Blog
    Word Lover's Blog
    Online Scrabble Checker
    Online Scrabble Checker
    The Paul Noble Method
    The Paul Noble Method
    Create an account and sign in to access this FREE content
    Register now or login in to access