Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Chile
      • Current Location:
      • Chile

    • Join Date: Nov 2014
    • Posts: 4
    #1

    PREPOSITION PROBLEM

    Good afternoon everybody
    well I am an english learner and I am analyzing some errors so I would like to know the difference between those sentences:


    Ebola got its name after a river in the north part of Congo.


    Ebola got its name after a river in the north part in Congo.




    I know that the first one is the correct one, but why?


    thank you in advance :)

  2. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #2

    Re: PREPOSITION PROBLEM

    Quote Originally Posted by odnabas View Post
    Good afternoon everybody
    well I am an english learner and I am analyzing some errors so I would like to know the difference between those sentences:


    Ebola got its name after a river in the north part of Congo.


    Ebola got its name after a river in the north part in Congo.




    I know that the first one is the correct one Says who? , but why?


    thank you in advance :)
    Something can be 'named after something'. Something can 'get its name' from something. But 'get its name' does not collocate with 'after' - so they're both wrong. Although the second is wronger, because 'part' does not collocate with in either.

    b

  3. Tarheel's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 11,061
    #3

    Re: PREPOSITION PROBLEM

    I would say:

    Ebola got its name from a river in Congo. (Which one?)

    Also, in AmE you might hear (for example):


    Mary was named after her aunt.



    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #4

    Re: PREPOSITION PROBLEM

    Things are a part of another thing.

    I am in Pennsylvania.

    I am in the western part of Pennsylvania.

  4. Tarheel's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Jun 2014
    • Posts: 11,061
    #5

    Re: PREPOSITION PROBLEM

    I am impressed with your knowledge.


  5. Newbie
    Student or Learner
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Chile
      • Current Location:
      • Chile

    • Join Date: Nov 2014
    • Posts: 4
    #6

    Re: PREPOSITION PROBLEM

    http://linkengpark.com/6-minute-english-ebola-outbreak/

    well, I had to read a reaction paper of that video and it says " The virus Ebola got its name after a river in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo"
    that's why I was asking. I know that the preposition "in" is wrong but I wanted to know some rules about that. thank you for your response.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • Malaysia
      • Current Location:
      • Malaysia

    • Join Date: Apr 2014
    • Posts: 3,321
    #7

    Re: PREPOSITION PROBLEM

    The virus Ebola was named after a river in Congo.
    The virus Ebola got its name from the river.

    not a teacher

  6. BobK's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • UK

    • Join Date: Jul 2006
    • Posts: 16,038
    #8

    Re: PREPOSITION PROBLEM

    Quote Originally Posted by odnabas View Post
    http://linkengpark.com/6-minute-english-ebola-outbreak/

    well, I had to read a reaction paper of that video and it says " The virus Ebola got its name after a river in the northern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo"
    that's why I was asking. I know that the preposition "in" is wrong but I wanted to know some rules about that. thank you for your response.
    You're starting from a flawed premiss. Read what people have said.

    b

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Apr 2009
    • Posts: 12,310
    #9

    Re: PREPOSITION PROBLEM

    Wrong thread.

Similar Threads

  1. Preposition problem
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 16-Mar-2010, 23:07
  2. Preposition problem
    By pripripg in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 04-Dec-2009, 20:28
  3. problem with a preposition
    By manevela in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 20-Oct-2009, 12:18
  4. a preposition problem
    By Grinkl in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 29-Dec-2008, 19:43
  5. preposition problem
    By drifter in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Jun-2008, 03:44

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •