Question: Can I ask in this way:

1) He was happy to brother's marks in the diploma (He was happy because of brother's marks in the diploma)

2) He was happy to the weather. Means (He was happy because of the weather)

3) He was happy to the rain. Means (He was happy because of the rain)

  • No. Can you explain why you want to use to? – user3169 Apr 7 '17 at 20:41
  • @user3169 The point of my question is to understand this specific conception – Max Apr 7 '17 at 20:44
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    The only way you can use "Happy to + noun" is if you're the author of the Happy to You album by Miike Snow – SovereignSun Apr 7 '17 at 21:09

No, we don't say "happy to noun". We only use happy to with a verb, like

He was happy to join us.
She is happy to see them.

For nouns, we can say happy because of, or happy about or happy for or happy with, like

He was happy about his brother's marks.
He was happy for the rain.
We were happy with the price of the car.

  • Thanks. What do you say about this example I am deeply grateful to my parents ? – Max Apr 7 '17 at 21:06
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    What about happy with? – SovereignSun Apr 7 '17 at 21:08
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    @SovereignSun - Good point. I'll add that too. – stangdon Apr 7 '17 at 21:08
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    @Max - Grateful to is OK. We say "grateful to noun" but not "happy to noun". That's just the way it is - which preposition to use is just something you have to learn for each individual case. – stangdon Apr 7 '17 at 21:12
  • Another interesting part is happy to + that. We are happy to that you no longer need to watch over your sister or "He's happy to that our family is coming along this weekend* This was used in yearly English but isn't so common nowadays is it? I wonder if anyone still speaks like that? – SovereignSun Apr 7 '17 at 21:45

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