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    prepositions.....simple past

    An exercise asked me to fill in the blanks using the following prepositions:




    AFTER, FROM, TO, AT, IN, WITH, FOR




    1) We live……………..Oxford Street, next to the greengrocer’s (IN)


    2) He asked his boss ………………..a day off (FOR)


    3) I don’t listen ……………………to the radio when I’m working (TO)


    4) I’m afraid I don’t agree ………………. you (WITH)


    5) I’d like to speak ………….Mr Browning before I live (TO)


    6) I waited …………………the bus all day and it still didn’t arrive (FOR)


    7) Look ………………….that wonderful blue sky! (AT)


    8) I’m a baby sitter. I look ….small children (AFTER)


    9) We arrived …………….the theatre too late to see the play (AT)


    10) I can’t find my keys. Will you help me look ……….them? (FOR)






    In brackets I put the preposition I chose for each sentence.
    The problem is that I didn’t use FROM, which was one of the prepositions indicated in the exercise.
    Where would you use FROM in these sentences?????


    Another question: sentence 6 looks strange to me: why did they use simple past? Is the sentence ok?



    Thanks Rip

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    Re: prepositions.....simple past

    None of those sentences need from.

    5) doesn't make sense.

    6) is fine with the simple past.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: prepositions.....simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    5) doesn't make sense.

    live should be leave

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    None of those sentences need from.

    5) doesn't make sense.

    6) is fine with the simple past.

    Rover
    5) before I leave

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    #5

    Re: prepositions.....simple past

    Why is 6) ok: shouldn't you say: I have being waiting for the bus all day and it hasn't arrived yet.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    Why is 6) ok: shouldn't you say: I have being waiting for the bus all day and it hasn't arrived yet.....
    The sentence is a little strange but it kind of makes sense. Both events are in the past. Perhaps the speaker is describing what happened last week, not what is happening now. I guess the bus didn't arrive despite him waiting for it all day.

    A: Why is there a bus stop here if there are no buses running here?
    B: There's a bus. It just comes when you're not watching.
    A: That's not true. Last week I waited for the bus all day and it still didn't arrive.

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    Re: prepositions.....simple past

    I see what you mean when you say " Both events are in the past. Perhaps the speaker is describing what happened last week, not what is happening now."
    What I cannot understan is the presence of STILL, which indicates that the period of time is not completely passed....

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    Re: prepositions.....simple past

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    I see what you mean when you say " Both events are in the past. Perhaps the speaker is describing what happened last week, not what is happening now."
    What I cannot understan is the presence of STILL, which indicates that the period of time is not completely passed....

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    (1) I believe that the use of "still" is correct in your sentence.

    (2) One of my better dictionaries says that one definition of

    "still" is "nevertheless."

    (a) Perhaps the sense of your sentence is:

    Last week I waited all day for the bus; nevertheless, it never came.

    So I had to walk home.



    Respectfully yours,


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    Thanks a lot James
    Bye

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    #10

    Re: prepositions.....simple past

    None of them take "from."

    You can speak "to" or speak "with."

    In the U.S., you live "on" a street, not "in," but "in" is correct in BrE.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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