Please tell me if the following sentence is correct.

You should be proud with your achievements.

Should I use "of" or "with"?

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    Possible duplicate of What does "feeling proud with" mean? – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 4 '17 at 12:55
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    @FumbleFingers, I am not convinced by your possible duplicate. That question is about text that is automatically generated by Facebook and, not surprisingly, it's grammatical but not natural. None of its answers address the of issue, which would be the correct answer for this question. – JavaLatte Apr 4 '17 at 14:43
  • @JavaLatte: My position here is that although in general we use proud of rather than proud with, this is essentially a matter of idiomatic preference, not "grammatical rules" as such (as you yourself say, it's grammatical but not natural). And although the top answer on the linked question doesn't explicitly say much about the "preposition of choice", it does at least highlight the fact that it's switching the OP's cited with to of by putting the substitution in italics. If more needs to be added, I think it should be there, not here on a separate question. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 4 '17 at 15:29
  • @FumbleFingers the prepositions are not exactly interchangeable. I would never in a million years say: proud with my achievements. It sounds ghastly and completely non-idiomatic. And I don't care who generated it. In English, people are proud of their achievements. Here is idiomatic use of proud with: He stands proud with his father in front of his decorated brother's grave. That yes. But the meaning is completely different! My goodness. – Lambie Jun 8 '17 at 19:27
  • To be proud with a thing means: to be proud wearing, showing or displaying it. To be proud OF a person or status has a different meaning. – Lambie Jun 8 '17 at 19:33

As written, it's proud of. If you add a comma after proud, use with.

  • You should be proud of your achievements. This is an exhortation to take pride in what they have achieved.

  • You should be proud, with your achievements. This is an exhortation to take pride (in themselves). The achievements are cited as supporting reasons for them to do so.

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"Proud of", always. I can't think of any case, even a non-standard one, where "proud with" would be correct, though of course it would always be understood!

"Proud about" would be one informal alternative: "[She is/You should be] very proud about [her/your] achievements". "Proud of" would still be more common, but "proud about" doesn't sound as strange as "proud with".

"[Very/Exceptionally] [happy/satisfied] would be, I think, the closest "with" alternative.

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    I'm not sure "correct" is really a relevant concept here. There are hundreds of written instances of feel / feeling / felt proud with (something engendering pride), and no-one has taken issue with Feeling proud with my new Ferrari as presented in an answer to the question I've cited as a duplicate. But I agree that idiomatically we're very unlikely to use with rather than of where the main verb is I am proud [preposition] [object of pride]. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 4 '17 at 13:04
  • @FumbleFingers It's pretty clear from context that the OP is trying to create a single clause. I read "feeling proud with my new Ferrari" as being 2 clauses "I'm feeling proud, with my new F." in which the pride is general and diffuse, affected by possession of the F. but not solely determined by it. – MMacD Apr 4 '17 at 13:21
  • I agree, but there's no real clear-cut distinction between the two contexts. I have no problem with, say, I was as proud as punch with my dad before I thought about it for a second, In fact, I think with is actually better than of in that context, even though clearly it references "object causing pride" rather than "person/thing in proximity while experiencing pride". – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Apr 4 '17 at 13:39
  • If you feel proud with a thing, you are personifying the thing. It means: When I do x with it, when I am riding in it, I feel proud. I feel proud about my new Ferrari. I feel proud WITH MY FATHER when we march in military parades. I agree with MMacD. Now, I feel proud with my new flag shirt=it means when wearing it. Proud with, when used, is a completely different meaning than proud of or about. And it is easy to misuse proud "with". – Lambie Jun 8 '17 at 19:28

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