Is it right to say:

Yesterday I was annoyed about commuting to my work because of a big traffic jam.

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I think the expression "annoyed about X" generally means that X is the root cause of the annoyance.

In this case, it sounds like weren't annoyed about commuting, but you were annoyed about the traffic jam.

If yesterday's traffic was unusually heavy and slow, then it might be better to say:

Yesterday, I was annoyed by the traffic during my commute.

But if the heavy traffic happens almost every day, then you could say:

I am annoyed by commuting because I don't like the heavy traffic.

As a footnote, the prepositions by, about, with, and over can all be used with the word annoyed, though by and with seem to be the most common.

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    +1. There's also "annoyed with", IMHO. I wonder if "Yesterday I was annoyed commuting to my work because of a big traffic jam." would be okay (without a preposition, with "commuting to my work" serving in the sense of "while commuting to my work") Dec 12, 2015 at 11:31
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    @CopperK - Yes, you're right about "annoyed with" – I've just amended my answer. And I also agree, you can omit the preposition, or use while. You can even change commuting to commute: Yesterday, I had an annoying commute because of a big traffic jam (or, Yesterday's commute was annoying; the traffic was terrible).
    – J.R.
    Dec 12, 2015 at 11:39

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