I have been recently told that

Me quedé triste de eso

is idiomatic in Spanish. Are "por" and "con" correct and usual instead of "de" in this context? Examples:

  • Me quedé triste por eso.
  • Me quedé triste con eso.
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    Nov 29, 2019 at 14:38

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Me quedé triste de eso.

is not a correct sentence in Spanish.

What you were told here is that, when followed by a "que"-clause, you need "de". When the clause is a complement, "de" is actually required:

  • Estoy triste de que te vayas.
  • Estoy feliz de que vengas.
  • Estoy contento de que hayas ganado.

However, "de" is incorrect when the clause is the subject:

  • Me pone triste que te vayas (= Que te vayas me pone triste.)
  • Me pone feliz que vengas (= Que vengas me pone feliz.)
  • Me pone contento que hayas ganado (= Que hayas ganado me pone contento.)

"de" is also usual when what follows is an infinitive:

  • Estoy triste de saber que te vas.
  • Estoy feliz de saber que venís (Arg) / de saber que vienes.
  • Estoy contento de saber que ganaste.

However, when what follows is a noun, other prepositions will be idiomatic:

  • Estoy triste por tu partida.
  • Estoy triste con tu partida.
  • Estoy feliz por tu visita.
  • Estoy feliz con tu visita.
  • Estoy contento por tu éxito.
  • Estoy contento con tu éxito. (In all of these cases, "por" might be preferred.)

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