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Can you please check one more thing:
1)The students were delighted by /with their exam results.
Are "by" and "with" possible? Is the meaning the same as "they are pleased, satisfied, content with? their exam result?
2) They are depressed, sad, happy, unhappy, miserable, enthusiastic, anxious, worried about their exam result. Is the preposition "about" correct?
3)You dry the dishes with a dishtowel (BrE tea towel).
When you wash the dishes, you sponge them down (or you wipe them with a sponge?)
4) What do you generally use to wash the dishes by hand? A dish cloth, a sponge?
5) When I set the table, I usually lay a saucepan mat so as not to ruin the table cloth.
6) Can "nervous" and "cheerful" be followed by a preposition in English?

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    1)The students were delighted by /with their exam results.
    Are "by" and "with" possible? Is the meaning the same as "they are pleased, satisfied, content with? their exam result?
    Yes, either one works here.

    2) They are depressed, sad, happy, unhappy, miserable, enthusiastic, anxious, worried about their exam result. Is the preposition "about" correct?
    Yes, "about" is correct.

    3)You dry the dishes with a dishtowel (BrE tea towel).
    When you wash the dishes, you sponge them down (or you wipe them with a sponge?)
    Washing the dishes is done with hot soapy water. Rinsing is done without soap, just with clear water. Drying is done with a towel.

    4) What do you generally use to wash the dishes by hand? A dish cloth, a sponge?
    I use a sponge or a dish cloth when I wash things by hand -- which is rare! I usually put things in the dishwasher.

    5) When I set the table, I usually lay a saucepan mat so as not to ruin the table cloth.
    Yes. I call them hot-pads or trivets.

    6) Can "nervous" and "cheerful" be followed by a preposition in English?
    Yes.

    He is nervous about the exam.
    She is cheerful about (or because of) her terrific grade in French.

    http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/prepositions.htm
    Scroll down about halfway to the section called Prepositions with Nouns, Adjectives, and Verbs

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