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What is the correct preposition to use with ambitious?

  1. I am ambitious to achieve success.
  2. I am ambitious about achieving success.
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About. <chars> –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Aug 17 '12 at 15:46
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possible duplicate of Are prepositions fixed for words? which suggests I have the ambition to succeed, I have an ambition for greatness –  jwpat7 Aug 17 '12 at 15:55
    
jwpat7's comment is the right answer: it's "ambition to", not "ambitious to" or "about". –  Malvolio Aug 17 '12 at 18:24

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About is possible, but so, too, is for.

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@JeffSahol: Hmmm, I'd say that there 'to' was not so much a preposition as an infinitive marker. –  Barrie England Aug 17 '12 at 18:42
    
yipes, barrie...I was too ambitious there. –  JeffSahol Aug 17 '12 at 18:46

As ambitious is an adjective, it rarely needs any preposition at all.

An ambitious man.
An ambitious concept.
An ambitious goal.

If you must have one, 'of' and 'for' are possible but also obsolete.

In your sentences, "I am ambitious" would cover it, or "my ambition is to succeed/achieve success"

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