English Grammar Overview - Parts of Speech - Prepositions

 

Moving further down our list of the parts of speech, we have our prepositions. Prepositions show a relationship between a noun or a pronoun and the rest of the sentence. We have three main categories: time, place, movement as well as a miscellaneous category that doesn't fit the other three. Here, we can have prepositions of time: before, during, in, at or on. If I said, "I work at eight o'clock," I'm sharing a relationship between the time "eight o'clock" to the rest of the sentence. We have our prepositions of place: in, at, on, under, in between. If I said, "The book is under the table," I'm showing a relationship between the table and the rest of the sentence. Then, we have our prepositions of movement. These show movement: towards, from, to or through. I could say, "He walked through the park." I'm relating the park to the rest of the sentence. Finally, we have our others: of, with, for, etc. I could say "This is a gift for Gary." Again, I'm showing a relationship between Gary and the rest of the sentence. Of course, the prepositions listed here are just a small example of all the propositions.


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In this final section, we learnt some techniques to troubleshoot in difficult classroom situations. if students are reluctant to participate, for example, we were given strategies to work around this such as doing more group work or doing role plays where the student's can be 'someone' else as this makes students less nervous. We also talked about students encountering difficulties with listening tasks. The best way around this is to play the tape as many times as possible and pre-teach difficult vocabulary for students to listen out for.