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    Hi everyone.

    For me, one of the most difficult things to learn are prepositions.

    My question is about using it with verbs. Is there any logic ways of using it ? shall I learn them by heart?

    For example:

    I can understand why I "spend money <b>ON</b>" but I can't understand why I say "have you ever been TO Italy" .

    There are some more examples.

    Thanks in advance :)

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    What other examples?

    Have you ever been to Italy = "to" indicates movement to a specific location.

    You can also say "Have you ever been in Italy" = "in" indicates location within a specific location.

    You may find this link helpful [scroll down to Prepositions] OWL: Handouts: Grammar, Punctuation, and Spelling

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    Well, I personally think that it is good to know what for, when and where a particular preposition is used. But the most essential thing to remember them is to see them used in context. So a good dictionary should be your best mate. And doing a lot of reading could make you make even better progress.

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    Thanks for you answers:

    Another example:

    My dog barks AT me.
    or
    Most car advertisements are aimed AT men.

    Why should I use AT with those verbs? What does AT mean in those cases? how about using TO ?

    What I'm trying to figure out is how to use a preposition instead another.

    This is because there are a lot of times I want to say a verb but I don't know its preposition so I would like to figure out what preposition I have to say using a kind of logic.

    That's why I asked you about "been to"

    Another example:

    I'm interested IN (what would happen if I wrote "ON"?)

    By the way, thanks Anglika for that link, it is useful for me!

    Thanks in advance :) :)
    Last edited by Antigol; 23-Sep-2008 at 00:06.

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