Prepositions – About

  • About identifies a topic.

    Pattern 1: noun + be + about + noun
    This book is about prepositions.
    Nouns commonly used before about:
    argument, article, book, conversation, disagreement, discussion, joke, lecture, movie, news, play, program, report, speech, story

    Pattern 2: noun + about + noun
    She gave me advice about my loan.
    Nouns commonly used before about:
    assurance, complaint, comment, gossip, lie, question, statement, truth

    Pattern 3: verb + about + noun He often talks about his job.
    Verbs commonly used before about:
    agree, argue, brag, care, complain, cry, do, dream, forget, groan, hear, joke, know, laugh, lie, moan, pray, read, say, scream, sing, talk, think, wonder, worry, yell
    Expressions:
    to see about—

  • to delay a decision until more information is known We want to buy a house, but we will see about that later.
  • to get information about
    I called that office to see about getting a job there.
    to find out about—to get information about
    She called the school to find out about her daughter’s behavior.

    Pattern 4: verb + noun + about
    She knows something about airplanes.
    Typical verbs used with this pattern:
    ask, find out, know, learn, say
    Typical nouns used before about:
    a little, a lot, quite a bit, nothing, something, very little

    Pattern 5: verb + indirect object + about + noun
    They asked me about my trip.
    Verbs commonly used with this pattern: advise, ask, bother, contact, harass, question, remind, teach, tell, write

    Pattern 6: adjective + about + noun
    They were very kind about our late arrival.
    Adjectives commonly used before about:
    charming, kind, nasty, nice, mean, rude, sweet, understanding, unkind
    2 About can identify the cause of an emotion or condition.
    Pattern: adjective + about + noun
    We are excited about our vacation.