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    good/strong/poor/weak ___

    I would like to know which preposition to use in each of the following sentences.

    1. I am good at/in English.

    2. I am strong at/in English.

    3. I am poor in/at English.

    4. I am weak in/on/at English.

    Where I live, 'in' is the usual preposition for all the sentences.

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    Re: good/strong/poor/weak ___

    Not a teacher

    I'd give preference to:

    1. I am good at English.

    "I am strong at/in English." Sounds strange to me.

    "I am poor in/at English." and "I am weak in/on/at English." also do, but you can say "my English is poor",

    Some more comments would be welcome.

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    Re: good/strong/poor/weak ___

    Quote Originally Posted by Mannysteps View Post
    Not a teacher

    I'd give preference to:

    1. I am good at English.

    "I am strong at/in English." Sounds strange to me.

    "I am poor in/at English." and "I am weak in/on/at English." also do, but you can say "my English is poor",

    Some more comments would be welcome
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    Thanks, Mannysteps.

    I would like to hear from another member.

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    Re: good/strong/poor/weak ___

    My opinion only:

    1. I am good at English. The language, the school subject.

    2. I am strong at English. I would not say this, but I think it is possible for the language and the school subject.

    3,4. I am poor/weak at English. The language, the school subject.

    1. I am good in English. I am thinking of the subject, the classes, the course.

    2. I am strong in English. I would not say this, but I think it is possible for the subject, the classes, the course.

    3,4. I am poor/weak in English. The subject, the classes, the course.


    I am good/strong/poor/weak on/at conditionals. A specific point. I think a teacher is more likely to say on (thinking of his/her ability to teach/lecture/explain); Students are more likely to say at.

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    Re: good/strong/poor/weak ___

    To my certain knowledge, the pattern is the following:

    BE + ADJ + AT + STH (e.g. John is good at English. John is excellent at gardening)

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    Re: good/strong/poor/weak ___

    Sorry, you can be fluent IN French

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    Re: good/strong/poor/weak ___

    Quote Originally Posted by Leandro-Z View Post
    To my certain knowledge, the pattern is the following:

    BE + ADJ + AT + STH (e.g. John is good at English. John is excellent at gardening)
    Much too simplistic.

    I am weary of this sort of thing.
    I am not keen on it.
    etc

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