We’ve talked about prepositions in the past: in, on, at, for, to…..
ESL students know how frustrating it can be to figure out which preposition to use in different situations:
I’ll meet you at 5 o’clock in the afternoon, on Monday the 27th of March, in the café next to the bank.
You might remember that a preposition can change the meaning of a phrase. Think about the difference between the following phrases:
If you’re a Hebrew speaker then you’ll notice that each phrase has a completely different Hebrew translation, even though they are all variations of the word “look”.
Another confusing thing about prepositions is what happens when we add an object to a verb. In some cases a preposition will come between the verb and the object and in other cases, the object will come directly after the verb:
Let’s look at some examples in which adding a preposition changes the meaning of a phrase in comparison to the same word being used without a preposition: