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    problems with prepositions

    It seems I have a big problem with the prepositions. Can someone recommend a textbook that would allow me to strenghthen this weak area.

    Also can you correct these sentences please:

    1. do we say:
    - she is sitting in this side of the room
    Or
    -she is sitting on this side of the room?

    2. do we say:
    - the company pays a high percentage of its net income in dividends
    or
    -the company pays a high percentage of its net income as dividends?
    thanks

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    A preposition links a noun, pronoun or a phrase with another word in a sentence. The word linked by the preposition is called its object. The preposition usually indicates the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence. A single preposition may communicate more than one meaning depending on how it is used. Look at the following examples:
    The clock is over the blackboard. (Here ‘over’ communicate the location of the clock)
    The bird flew over the tree ( Here ‘over’ communicate the direction of the bird)
    When using any prepositions, be sure to maintain the meaning you wish to communicate with the phrase or sentence, and use whatever preposition is appropriate. To be very frank with you, preposition is really a difficult and tricky word which creates much troubles for learners for whom English is a second language. One can acquire some degree of confidence after a lot of practice. There are many good websites dealing exclusively with preposition.
    Correction of your sentences
    1. do we say:
    - she is sitting in this side of the room
    Or
    -she is sitting on that side of the room?
    You can use both but with ‘on’ you have to use ‘that’ instead of ‘this’ . When we speak in this side, it means inside the room. On that side means either far of side, outside or other side of the room.
    2. do we say:
    - the company pays a high percentage of its net income in dividends
    or
    -the company pays a high percentage of its net income as dividends?
    Here ‘as’ is more appropriate.


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    Re: problems with prepositions

    Thanks a lot Manas,

    can you give me the links to some of these websites?
    Take care
    T


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    Re: problems with prepositions

    1. do we say:
    - she is sitting in this side of the room
    Or
    -she is sitting on that side of the room?


    It's a little bit more complicated. Think of 'this side' and 'that side' as black and white. You cannot sit 'in' black, but 'on the black side of' (the room).

    She is sitting in this part of the room
    or
    She is sitting on this side of the room

    and
    She is sitting on that side of the room
    'side' in this context refers to a position, to the 'left' or 'right' of. Hence, one is not 'in' left or right, but 'on' the left or right.
    Manas: Here ‘as’ is more appropriate.
    Think of someone getting a salary increase 'as' a reward for services well done. The 'services' are not exchanged= changed into the reward. The appreciation is expressed in the form of a 'reward'. The 'net income' in your example is in the form of money. What ends up in your bank is money. But the money being directed your way is 'in the form of' a dividend, it is 'as a dividend'. You are given a salary increase 'as a reward' and then the bank gives it to you in cash.
    Compare currency: when you change currency, you completely substitute one for the other - you hand over one currency and receive a completely different currency in exchange.
    Last edited by David L.; 25-Oct-2008 at 08:37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomasRavenelli View Post
    Thanks a lot Manas,

    can you give me the links to some of these websites?
    Take care
    T
    You can note down the following address. I do know how to establish the link directly from here. But you can copy and paste it in your Internet tool bar for opening the site.
    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/lab/index.html

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