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Prepositional Phrases of Time and Location

Learn how different prepositional phrases can be created and used in English.

I like to practice prepositional phrases with locations and scheduled events. It gives the student a clearer perspective to the application of prepositions so that are not just taught in the classic sense. If the student has a good sense of orienting himself in space using points of reference or can explain where objects are in relation to one another that follows a classical approach that has worked successfully for decades if not longer. Today when seeing that improving memory is often an issue to address in the learning process, then getting the student to see prepositions in another sense is a positive.

So today I think if the student can put himself in a given street location in reference to stores then he has another chance to cover those same prepositions he learned by expressing the position of a pen in reference to a table. The pen is either under, on or over the table as the teacher will demonstrate for beginners but when the student has to see himself on a road in front of an address he has to understand that he becomes “the pen on the table.”

Prepositional phrases of time will begin with a preposition and will explain when the activity of the sentence occurs. Sometimes there may be more than one such phrase in sequence. In the example, “ He got a raise at the beginning of the day”, there are two prepositional phrases, initiated with at and for, the first of informs the reader what part of the day the person got a raise.

Prepositional phrases of location can be like, “ He stood on the corner” tells the reader where the person stood. If the person wants to elaborate on the location, he can say, “He stood on the corner in front of the cinema”. Similarly phrases using time and location can be used together to be specific in a different way as in: “ He stood on the corner at half past eight”. This way the learner will learn when to be specific about his use of on, in and at.

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