Do you get bored with licking ice-cream?


Do you get bored by licking ice-cream?


Do you get bored of licking ice-cream?


Do you get bored from licking ice-cream?

  • 2
    None of the above; licking ice-cream never gets boring. Dec 21 '19 at 11:21

This is a property of the particular word bored, and seems to be in the process of changing.

This ngram shows that bored with is overwhelmingly the most common, but that bored of has been on the rise since the 1990s.

  • Could you give me a general idea how to use these prepositions on specific occasions Dec 21 '19 at 11:06
  • Not really, I'm afraid, @Manishkumar. All the prepositions have their own core meanings, which are relevant when you are adding them as an optional adjunct (eg I went to the shops vs I went to the shops with my friend). But when they are used to express part of the meaning of a word, you just have to learn which particular preposition (or none) the particular word takes.
    – Colin Fine
    Dec 21 '19 at 11:19
  • It seems "bored at" is above "bored from", and recently has overtaken "bored of"
    – GEdgar
    Dec 21 '19 at 12:57
  • He kept the glass at the same temperature as that of our stomach (can i use on instead of at) Dec 22 '19 at 12:10
  • 1
    BBC NEWS-NRedcar SSI: (Headline)Two hurt in fire on former steelworks site.(Two people have been injured in a fire on a former steelworks site) Dec 24 '19 at 17:07

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.