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    Preposition Stumble

    Hi, any experts out there....thanks

    Which is correct?

    a. 'There are animals in the farm'
    b. 'There are animals on the farm'
    c. 'There are animals at the farm'.


    a. 'David is good at Mathematics'
    b. 'David is good in Mathematics'.

    a. 'John is weak at Mathematics'
    b. 'John is weak in Mathematics'.


    a. 'Pizza originated in Italy'
    b. 'Pizza originated from Italy'.


    a. 'While I am away, please answer the phone.'
    b. 'If I am away, please answer the phone.'
    c. 'When I am away, please answer the phone.'

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    Re: Preposition Stumble

    1 on (at sounds as if they have dropped in for a cup of tea)
    2/3 at
    4 in
    5 All are possible


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    Re: Preposition Stumble

    Is there an authoritative grammar book that you can recommend?

    My grammar teacher mark me wrong and says that we should use 'good at' and 'weak in'. and she quoted some Chambers dictionary

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    Um - dare I disagree with the Editor? In/at/on are not interchangeable for most locations - but I think they are in this case and therefore all acceptable. Some examples:-

    I live on a farm.
    I live at the farm next door.
    I live in a farm.

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    Re: Preposition Stumble

    I agree with that, Davy, but the original example is different and to me 'there are animals at the farm' doesn't suggest herds of cows or flocks of sheep being raised, but a few there temporarily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I agree with that, Davy, but the original example is different and to me 'there are animals at the farm' doesn't suggest herds of cows or flocks of sheep being raised, but a few there temporarily.
    In that sense I agree totally

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Koh
    Is there an authoritative grammar book that you can recommend?

    My grammar teacher mark me wrong and says that we should use 'good at' and 'weak in'. and she quoted some Chambers dictionary
    I think both 'weak at' and 'weak in' are acceptable... English experts out there, what do you say?


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    Re: Preposition Stumble

    I would like to recommend you to get 'A student's Grammar of English Language' or 'Practical English Usage', if you are a college student.

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    Re: Preposition Stumble

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    1 on (at sounds as if they have dropped in for a cup of tea)
    2/3 at
    4 in
    5 All are possible

    "...at sounds as if they have dropped in for a cup of tea" - I must confess it`s the smartest example I have ever heard . I`ve been laughing for minutes and I still can`t help it. Very good example, indeed. If you had given some other example I might not have understood your point, but thus...
    Congratulations and thank you very much , tdol. I`ll use it in my classes with your permission.


    ps. I think that George Orwell used this preposition [ at ] in his book "Animal Farm".

    All the best,
    Last edited by sheena55ro; 20-Jul-2006 at 20:56.

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