Hello friends and readers from the US, Philippines, n Slovakia 😉
Prepositions in English language are very tricky. Some of them need memorization. It’s the best solution when it comes to non-changeable rules. Practice is a second solution to familiarized yourself with all kinds of varieties you have.
What are the prepositions in English?
They are tiny pieces of words; sometimes two, three, or more letters, i.e. ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘upon’, etc. Read more. When these prepositions are added to a verb, it can change its meaning. Therefore, ‘Look Out’ is not the same like ‘Look After’.I had a professor who used to make a joke about the guy who lost his head in the train, just because he thought that “Look Out” meant to get his head out of the window, while the train was in the wrong spot.
To that extent prepositions are critical, but possible to learn and to get used to, like friends. It needs your attention and patience.
Everything is a process. Just remember that you can learn part of the whole. It does not mean that you are less than others. Everyone of us has a certain portion of learning. In one language, nobody would ever be capable of knowing and memorizing all the words included in it.
How can we do this? How can we learn as many prepositions as we can? There are plenty of methods to do that, but it would take time. It can’t be done in one day or even several days. This is not only for other languages speakers who try to learn English. It’s the same for native speakers.
When we were young, we used to make a lot of errors, using “in” in place of “at” or the opposite. When we went to school, we studied how to use the prepositions academically. In our everyday speech, we also learned how to use the prepositions, when our moms, dads, or family members corrected us, assuming that they were right and we were wrong.
Guess what! There’s many wrongfully used prepositions in English language, and I bet it could be the same in other languages. The reason is that the colloquial language always has its flaws. Nobody really care if you grammatically are right or wrong. They’ re focused on communication.
Another point you need to remember is that languages evolve and change. Many new words are added to our dictionary every single day. Language reflects our life. Since our life is changing all the time, it’s natural for our language to act the same.
If you find it hard to remember the usage of your preposition, try to revise one verb a day. In this way you would get a chance to go through the whole list of prepositions that can go with each verb. This would be a great achievement towards your goal.
There’s plenty more to say, but let’s have a short break, then come back to our schmoozing with the prepositions.
With our love, kisses, and hugs ❤
2 thoughts on “Schmoozing!”
With respect, I disagree… in order to remember, we first have to understand. Prepositions do not convey an idea, they clarify and support ideas. You can memorise preopsitional phrases, but not individual prepositions because a single preposition does not convey information. Studying English is not academic, not a science… it is an art.
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I agree. As I mentioned, I was talking about verbs in prepositional phrases that can use multiple prepositions, so their meanings are changed every time they use a different one. For example, verb “Put” can use a preposition such as “away” (or another like back, behind, down, in, off, on, out, over, up), and every time the meaning of the word is changed accordingly. If you can memorize these combinations and their meanings, this would be helpful. Thank you for your comment (y)
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