"He is vexed ____ me." Fill in with the suitable preposition.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In my opinion, there are two prepositions that could be used to complete this sentence.  You could use "with" or you could use "at."  So the sentences would be

  • He is vexed with me.
  • He is vexed at me.

Of these, I would prefer the first one.  In American English, at least, it sounds much more natural.  However, we do not really use "vexed" very much in normal conversation so it does not sound completely natural either.

I do not think that any other prepositions would fit in this sentence.

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rmhope | College Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Vexed means annoyed or frustrated, so you could substitute one of those words in the sentence to help you hear which preposition sounds best. With is the first one that springs to mind, but others would be 

  • about
  • concerning
  • because of
  • by

 

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poetrymfa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Prepositions are words which link nouns, pronouns, and/or phrases to other words in a sentence. Prepositions serve the purpose of clarifying the relationships between particular words; they are generally directional (direction prepositions such as "up" and "down"), positional (place prepositions such as "against" and "around"), or indicative of time (time prepositions such as "after" and "before"). Prepositions occur within a sentence in front of a noun. 

So, as the other educators have pointed out, there are two options here for filling in the prepositional blank:

  • He is vexed AT me.
  • He is vexed WITH me.

Which you use is a matter of personal preference. I find that it is most common to hear "with" used within this context, and I personally find it more pleasing to the ear. 

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lit24 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Prepositions in English grammar are a class of words that reveal relationships between nouns, and pronouns. Most often they come before a noun. Their form remains unchanged, regardless of the case, gender etc. of the word they are referring to.

The "Longman's Dictionary of Contemporary English" clearly specifies that only two prepositions can be used with the verb 'vex.' They are 'at' and 'with.'

No other prepositions can be used with 'vex.'

1. He is vexed at me.

2. He is vexed with me.

'Vexed' means annoyed or worried.

The word 'vexed' is rather old fashioned and is usually not used in formal speech or writing.

Of the two possibilities the second sentence 'he is vexed with me' seems more informal and acceptable.

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