Grammar Patterns

ADJ to n

The 'generous' and 'horrible' group

These adjectives indicate how someone treats another person, or how someone feels about someone or something. The adjective may indicate general good or bad behaviour, such as horrible or marvellous, or it may indicate specific kinds of behaviour or feelings, such as beholden, deferential, or disloyal.
I think Montville State School is a wonderful school. Everyone is friendly to each other.
I've been very generous to my son.
He was completely horrible to me in front of everybody.
Sometimes I wish I could just be rude to callers and hang up on them whenever I feel like it.
Do you worry about your partner being unfaithful to you?
  • abusive
  • antagonistic
  • attentive
  • beholden
  • compassionate
  • courteous
  • deferential
  • discourteous
  • disloyal
  • disrespectful
  • fair
  • faithful
  • friendly
  • generous
  • good
  • grateful
  • horrible
  • horrid
  • hostile
  • indebted
  • indifferent
  • insulting
  • kind
  • loyal
  • marvellous
  • mean
  • nasty
  • nice
  • obligated
  • polite
  • respectful
  • rude
  • sympathetic
  • unfaithful
  • unkind
  • unsympathetic
  • In the case of grateful, indebted, and obligated, the adjective is sometimes followed by a prepositional phrase beginning with to and a second prepositional phrase beginning with for. The preposition for is sometimes followed by an '-ing' clause. This pattern is ADJ to n for n/-ing.
    He's a very capable politician and I'll always be indebted to him for giving me my first break.

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