To continue on from the previous weeks’ posts, we’ll keep talking today about prepositions.
So far, we’ve seen: to and at. We determined that “to” is often used in correlation with movement, i.e., go to a place; and “at” with something static, i.e., let’s meet at the corner café. These are not rules persay, but the associations of movement and something stationary have helped my students quickly remember which preposition to use when they’re speaking.
We’re going to continue with this way of thinking. Prepositions in English can be tricky because often, there is no clear rule. Instead, I’m going to suggest a way in which you can keep learning new verbs and the prepositions that go with them along the way.
Often, verbs in English use the same preposition all the time. For example: play with someone. So, an “easy” way to remember which preposition to use with a verb, is to learn it alongside the verb. For instance, if you look up the verb “play” in the dictionary, you will find the following definition: “play with somebody/something”. Underline the preposition and learn them together.
As with anything new, you’ll want to practice. So when you learn a new verb, try to use it that same day.
Here are some more examples of verbs and their prepositions:
- Speak to/with someone, you can use either preposition here.
- Ask for something, when you want someone to give you something.
- Ask about something, when you want information.
- Rely on something or someone.
- Search for something or someone.
- Look at something or someone.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section!