Is it correct to say that a husband is jealous to his wife? meaning that he always get jealous about her relationship with male colleague...etc.

I was not able to find a right phrase to describe that.

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    Have you consulted a dictionary? I looked up jealous in three, and all supplied the proper complement. Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 21:35
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    Please include the research you’ve done. Questions that can be answered using commonly-available references are off-topic. Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 21:37
  • I am searching for the proper complement for a specific situation which I explained above .And I searched Longman,Oxford,Collins,Cambridge and others .
    – Rani2Add
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 7:02

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Consider the following examples:
- He's jealous of her (she has something that he doesn't and it makes him upset);
- He's jealous about/in regards to her (he wants to keep her to himself).

If you want a good alternative, you could say:
- "he's possessive about her", meaning he wants to keep her all to himself (take possession).

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    It would be good to allow OP to do their own basic research. lingohelp.me/preposition after adjective/jealous of-about-for-by-in looks at the prepositions it is possible to use after 'jealous'. Here, OP's 'he [is] jealous about her relationship with male colleagues' can't be reduced to 'he is jealous Prep her'. Commented Aug 15, 2017 at 21:58
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    @EdwinAshworth, the site that you linked is amazing! Much friendlier than Ngrams for non-technical users. You should add that to the Meta resource list.
    – vpn
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 0:15
  • The meaning I am searching for is not "envy". If I say He is jealous about her wouldn't that mean that he is envious of her success (etc). I understand that "about" is used with "jealous" before the thing that causes jealousy for example :"There’s nothing for you to feel jealous about" .
    – Rani2Add
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 7:15
  • then "possessive" in the 3rd example is better overall, that's all i can think of right now.
    – Faradin
    Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 11:08
  • Yes. The link I posted seems a good reference, though I'm not saying people using it will always come to sound conclusions (and notice that corpora include misusages). But I can't see any of the alternatives << jealous PREP his wife >> giving the intended meaning. A arger structure, or the use of 'possessive', gives the intended meaning, but notice that the title question asks about colligates of 'jealous'. Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 17:00

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