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    Question Question about Prepositions

    What is the different with Prepositions
    at in on by with the time
    and how can I know to use the right one in the sentence

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    Re: Question about Prepositions

    Hope my answer will help you any further
    I can already tell you that the use of the right preposition depends, so there are in a few occassions more than two correct possibilities.

    At & On

    At a time -> At dawn / At six / At midnight / At 4.30 Personally I remember the use of the preposition "AT" when it comes with a time indication when you are talking about a specific moment of the day or a specific hour. So, it is quite specific.

    On

    On a day or date -> On Monday / On 4 June / On Christmas Day When you are talking about a specific day, always "on"

    Exceptions: at night, at Christmas, at Easter -> why "at" here ? Because the only thing mentioned here is a period and not a specific day

    By

    By a time/date/period -> at that time or before/not later than that date

    other possibilities are:

    on time/in time
    on arrival/on arriving
    at the beginning/at the end/in the beginning
    in the end/at last/at first

    Kind Regards
    Last edited by Johan[@CLT]; 07-Jan-2006 at 14:46.

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    Re: Question about Prepositions

    Oh johan I like your explanation it's very useful for me
    can you give me more explanation about the Location Prepositions
    with the same words

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    Re: Question about Prepositions

    Hi Nader75,

    you're welcome!

    I would like to give an explanation about 'location prepositions' but I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean by that. Could you give me a little bit more information or an example please

    Kind regards

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    Re: Question about Prepositions

    Look at this examples :
    -The brown bears found on Kodiak Island are the largest in the world.
    - Nathan was able to exchange money at the exchange counter in the airport.
    -I stood in line for thirty minutes at the ticket window in the movie theater to get tickets for the film.

    so what is the basic as you told me about the Prepositions time
    in using them with location

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    Re: Question about Prepositions

    Thanks for the examples! I will give you some examples about the use of prepositions which have to do with place and movement

    * You travel from our starting point to our destination.

    - From Paris to Rome
    - coming back to England
    - arriving in a town or country
    - arriving at or in a village

    get to & reach -> He got to the station just in time for his train
    -> I want to get to New York before dark
    -> They reached the top of the mountain

    get in -> What time does the train get in ? (reach the terminus/ our station)

    on & by -> on foot/by train/by car/by horse/by bycicle

    examples with into/onto/on board/out of/off

    You get into a public or private vehicle
    You get on/onto a vehicle -> You get on board of a boat
    You get on/onto a bike/horse
    You get out of a public place/vehicle
    You get off a public vehicle/horse/bicycle ... .

    To be honest I can go on like this for hours. This a just a small grab out of the gamut. I learned them by making excercises, I learned them by heart. I still make mistakes but on the whole it is ok.
    I'm going to end by giving you two examples of the use of the prepostions at. Maybe you already know it, but lots of people tend to make mistakes against the use of this preposition.

    You are always good AT something.
    -> I'm good at gymnastics

    AT also goes along with the noun Leisure
    -> At my leisure; I'm playing video games.

    Kind Regards

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    Re: Question about Prepositions

    Thank you Johan for your help

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