How to use Preposition DI with Adjectives

Some adjectives go with some prepositions. This page gives you some examples of adjective + preposition combinations where you can learn how to use Preposition DI with Adjectives to improve your Italian and avoid mistakes.

Sad to say, there is no rule that says which preposition should be used with which adjective. When you learn a new adjective, you should also learn the preposition that goes with it and note the “collocation” or combination in your vocabulary notebook.

Here is included are lists of adjectives that take certain prepositions, as well as a few sample sentences for each category.



Structure of an Italian Phrase with an adjective:

ADJECTIVES + PREPOSITION “DI

ADJECTIVE

+ preposition DI

+ INFINITIVE verb/ PRONOUN/NAME


ansioso di (eager) 

ansioso di How to use Preposition DI with Adjectives

Ex.:

Sono ansioso di conoscerti (I’m eager to meet you


capace di (able/competent)

Ex.:

Sono capace di andare in bicicletta (I’m able to ride a bike)


certo di (certain/sure)

Ex.:

Vorrei essere certo di aver capito ( I would be sure I understood)


contento di (happy)

contento How to use Preposition DI with Adjectives

Ex.:

Sono contento di sentire questa buona notizia (I’m happy to listen this good news)

Sono contento di te (I’m happy with you)


desideroso di (longing)

Ex.:

Aveva un forte desiderio di tornare a casa (He had a strong longing to come back home)


entusiasta di (enthusiastic/excited)

Ex.:

Sarei davvero entusiasta di poter dare il mio contributo (I would be very excited to assist with the development of new products)


felice di (happy/glad)

Ex.:

Felice di esserti stato d’aiuto (Glad to have been helpful)


fiero di (proud)

Ex.:

sono fiero di me (I’m proud of myself)


incapace di (incompetent/unable)

Ex.:

sono incapace di essere fedele (I’m incapable of fidelity)


innamorato di (in love)

innamorato di How to use Preposition DI with Adjectives

Ex.:

Penso di essere innamorato di te (I think I’m in love with you)


invidioso di (envious)

invidioso di How to use Preposition DI with Adjectives

Ex.:

lieto di (pleased)

Per molti anni, sono stato invidioso di te. (For many years, I was so envious of you.)


Ex.:

Sono lieto di sentire la buona notizia. (I’m pleased to hear this good news


orgoglioso di (proud)

Ex.:

dovresti essere orgoglioso di Gianni ( You should be proud of Gianni)


responsabile di  (responsible)

Ex.:

Mario è il responsabile dell’ufficio (Mario is responsible for the office)


sicuro di (sure)

Ex.:

Vorrei essere sicuro di averti capito bene. (I want to be sure that I understand you correctly)


soddisfatto di (satisfied/pleased)

Ex.:

Carlo deve essere soddisfatto di sé stesso. (Carlo must be pleased with himself)


stanco di (tired)

stanco di   How to use Preposition DI with Adjectives

Ex.:

Devi proprio essere stanco di me (You must be quite tired of me)


stufo di (fed up)

Ex.:

Sono stufo delle tue lamentele! (I’m really fed up with your complaining)





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