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  1. putr1s's Avatar
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    Unhappy preposition problem

    dear teacher

    i'm very confused about how to explain proposition such as: to, for, in, of, on, at, and so on to my korean students and friends. Please help me how to explain and distinguish the uses for these proposition. Help me thank you

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    Re: preposition problem

    The best I can do is to give you a definition for the the word preposition and you can take it from there.

    "in grammar, a word which is used before a noun, a noun phrase or a pronoun, connecting it to another word"

    Each of the prepositions you mentioned:

    "to, for, in, on, of, at"


    all have numerous purposes.

    For example for:

    #1: as a result of something
    #2: having the purpose of
    #3: Intended to be given to
    #4: used to show an amount of time and distance...

    and so on.

    It would take a really long time to explain the functions of each preposition.

    I'll Google some more to see if I can find something...

    EDIT: Ok I've found a website which provides a lot of information. Click here.

    For the record, in case you're wondering which prepositions to teach, according to this website:

    "Just an aside: The prepositions OFF, TO, and IN are among the ten most frequently used words in the English language."

    Still according to the same website, the most frequently used prepositions:

    about
    above
    across
    after
    against
    along
    behind
    below
    beneath
    beside
    besides
    between
    down
    during
    except
    for
    from
    in
    off
    on
    onto
    opposite
    out
    outside
    till
    to
    toward
    under
    underneath
    until

    I thought this could be useful in case you're wondering which one you'd like to teach.
    Last edited by Noego; 02-May-2007 at 14:43.

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    Re: preposition problem

    Thank you teacher I will try my best to explain it using the exemple you gave me. and.. the webside you gave me, it's very useful..
    THANK YOU SO MUCH

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    Re: preposition problem

    I wasn't satisfied with the answer I gave you so I searched some more.

    I came upon a very interesting article about preposition and how to teach them. Check it out here. Here's an excerpt:

    "“Get out your English notebooks and open to the Grammar Part. Write down the following: ‘A PREPOSITION is a word that tells you anywhere a mouse can run. It never travels alone. It is always followed by a noun or pronoun. Here are some examples:
    A mouse can run under the chair.
    A mouse can run past Aunt Judy.
    A mouse can run across the table.”"

    Now I don't know how old your students are but I think the idea above is very good.

    Tell me what you think.

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    Re: preposition problem

    dear Noego teacher

    Thank you for your explaination. it's very useful. anyway my students mostly adult. from uni students to bussiness people.
    It's a funny explaination but it's useful to make them more understand where to put each preposition. the reason why i want to explain about the preposition because they always mix or put in the wrong sentence.
    for exp. They canfuse when to use in or at for a sentence such as
    He is in the bakery today
    He is at the bakery today
    I guess the two sentence is right it just depend to the situation but the sentence have different meaning. so I just wish to explain more to them
    Now, I know more clearly about preposition so, THANK YOU VERY MUCH NEOGO

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    Re: preposition problem

    I see. I wrongly assumed your students were younger.

    I'm not making any promises but I'll see if I can find something else.

    Something that would establish clear distinctions between prepositions.

    Do you have any other examples of mistakes they make (as far as the prepositions are concerned)?

    NE.

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    Re: preposition problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post
    Ok I've found a website which provides a lot of information. Click here.
    Nice find!
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    Psst. Large sized fonts waste space.

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    Re: preposition problem

    I've reduced the fonts of my first post as not to waste space.

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