After adjective ending in -ed like amazed, disgusted what preposition I have to put after? For example: I am bored OF/BY the maths test/my friend Luca. Are there any rules for this construction?

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There are no rules. Learn each expression in examples to help you remember the preposition. (bored with/by, interested in, etc.)

There is an explanation, however, for adjectives ending in -ed and -ing, as mentioned in the title of the post. An adjective ending in -ing describes what the noun is, so the lecture is boring,interesting, etc. An adjective ending in -ed is how you feel, so you feel bored with/by the lecture, or you're interested in the lecture, etc., but there are, of course, other suffixes for adjectives, such as -able, -ible,-ful, -ic, -ive, -less, and -ous, that may describe what something is, or how you feel. Examples help to learn these adjectives, and there are exceptions to almost every rule.

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    @VarunKN Hmm, how does this not answer the question? She asked "are there any rules?" and he said "no, there aren't". The answer may be wrong, but it's a direct answer.
    – Jay
    May 12, 2016 at 13:17
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    @VarunKN Unhappily, the answer is not only to the point but entirely correct. May 12, 2016 at 15:35

As said, no rules. It's just vocabulary.
Common prepositions are about, with & of. Some examples include:

  1. confused/guilty/depressed/relieved/angry about.
  2. pleased/fed up/satisfied/irritated/bored with.
  3. jealous/proud/afraid/ashamed/scared of.

The problem is that the preposition is fixed, so if you try to use another one, it won't work, specially when doing a test.

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    Yes, but bored of is just as idiomatic, depending on the context. May 12, 2016 at 16:42
  • I can be pleased by, bored of, depressed over et. al. The preposition isn't fixed - there's actually quite a bit of variation colloquially.
    – ColleenV
    May 12, 2016 at 17:13
  • @ColleenV Interesting, but are they gramatically correct?
    – Schwale
    May 12, 2016 at 17:15
  • Yes, they're grammatical, but then again there are plenty of grammatical sentences that are completely meaningless. If you say "I'm bored of you and your comments" I will understand your meaning just as well as "bored with you" and I wouldn't even think to argue with you about your choice of preposition :)
    – ColleenV
    May 12, 2016 at 17:33
  • @ColleenV Nice, the thing is that tests are very strict, so I mostly stick to the rules.
    – Schwale
    May 12, 2016 at 17:35

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