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Catherine Catherine | 14:10 UK time, Thursday, 3 March 2011

Hi Pravin

Great to meet you here! I'm looking forward to exchanging blogs with you here, learning more about your country, telling you a little about mine and of course, giving you hints and tips on your English!

As it happens, I visited your country a few years ago. I did a tour called 'Moghul Highlights' which centred around 3 main areas - Delhi, Agra (we saw the Taj Mahal, of course) and Jaipur. As well as seeing mosques, palaces and temples, we took in a couple of nature reserves as well, and visited a village school - it was a fantastic trip and I'd really love to go to India again one day. So my question for you is: Which part of India would you recommend me to visit on my next trip, and why?

So let's move on to talking about your English Pravin - it's very good! Your writing style is relaxed and friendly as well as clear and easy to follow. What's more, you've used some very nice expressions in a very natural way. I particularly liked these ones:

And being born and brought up...

...guys and gals...

...if you go and stand in any corner of India, I bet you will hear something about Cricket...

...honestly speaking...

I'd like to take a closer look at some of the prepositions in your blog, Pravin. You've used lots of verb-preposition / noun-preposition / adjective-preposition combinations perfectly - well done! Examples of these include:

...an opportunity to interact with you all.

...more to share with you.

...talk about Cricket.

...if you are not at all interested in the game...

However, a couple of your prepositions weren't quite right. We generally say dedicate to, not dedicate for. Here's your sentence with a correction from me (and I've made the word 'blog' plural too):

I will surely dedicate one of the upcoming blogs for to this one.

Fascinated usually takes the preposition by, not about:

...how fascinated are you about by India?

Here are some sentences with the prepositions missing. Your job is to fill the gaps! Here are the prepositions you will need (use each one once only): into, by, in, about, to, as, with, of.

a) We are all very interested (1) ______ finding out (2) ______ India.
b) English is often described (3) ______ an international language.
c) BBC Learning English is popular (4) ______ learners of English all over the world.
d) A lot of people are doing research (5) ______ the best way to learn English.
e) Adnan was introduced (6) ______ BBC Learning English (7) ______ his classmates.
f) Some people say that speaking good English requires a combination (8) ______ knowledge and confidence.

More information about prepositions
You can visit our Learn it area for more information about nouns and prepositions. And there is loads of information about prepositions in our Ask about English area.

Articles homework
Well done to the people who did the homework on my 'Cities and bridges' blog! Michael, Abdallah, Marco, Rzodkiewka, DentistBasma and Marcel - you are most dedicated students!! Here are the answers:

My home town, (1) (zero article) Newcastle, is in (2) the north-east of England. It is (3) a small city with a population of around 270,000 people. There are several bridges that cross (4) the River Tyne, on which (5) the city is built, joining (6) (zero article) Newcastle on (7) the north side of (8) the river with (9) (zero article) Gateshead, the city to (10) the south. (11) The newest of these bridges is (12) the Millennium bridge, a footbridge which was opened in (13) the year 2000 and is also known as ''The blinking eye''. Here is (14) a picture of (15) the bridge - I hope you like it!

Useful vocabulary

As it happens - actually
took in - included, visited as part of a tour
nature reserves - large areas of land where wild animals and plants live and are protected
What's more - also
I bet - I am sure
guys and gals - men and women (this is a informal and very friendly expression)


  • Comment number 1.

    Dear Catherine!

    I'm happy that I was successful in answering your last homework.
    Here are my answers to your prepositions homework.

    (1) in
    (2) about
    (3) as
    (4) with
    (5) into
    (6) to
    (7) by
    (8) of

    I hope I'm right again.
    Enjoy your weekend!


  • Comment number 2.

    Hello miss Catherine
    Thanks for the praising . Here are my answers and it was a wee difficult for me this time, i hope they are correct :
    (1) in (2) about (3) as (4) to (5) into (6) by (7) with (8) of .
    And i have a notice about the last homework , number 12 most of the students as well as i am, we answered it by zero article because we don't use ( the ) with the names . Does our answer is wrong ?
    Have a nice weekend everybody

  • Comment number 3.

    Thank you for very useful exercise. Here are my answers:
    1)in 2)about 3)as 4) with 5)into 6)by 7)to 8)of
    Good day to everyone!

  • Comment number 4.

    * Sorry, it should be: 6)to 7)by

  • Comment number 5.

    Good morning, Catherine.

    Here are my answers to the tricky prepositions homework:
    1 - in
    2 - about
    3 - as
    4 - with
    5 - into
    6 - to
    7 - by
    8 - of

    I hope it works.
    And have a nice weekend


  • Comment number 6.

    Hi Catherine,

    it's very nice to follow your blog. One can learn a lot from it.

    I'd like to try the homework you assigned. Here goes:

    1-in 2-of 3-as 4-with 5-about 6-to 7-by 8-of

    Thank you for your wonderful blogs.

    See you soon.


  • Comment number 7.

    Thank You Teacher for Your suggestions and rules.

    Here there is my answer :
    (1) in
    (2) about
    (3) as
    (4) with
    (5) into
    (6) to
    (7) by
    (8) of

    I hope i didn't give a wrong answer about number 4 and 5 because they didn't sound good. I had to decide them by elimination (it isn't a good way to learn).

    Have a nice w.e. You and all the bloggers too!

    Marco from Italy

  • Comment number 8.

    Hello Ms. Catherine and hello everybody, this is my first appearance on BBC Learning English. First of all, here are my best regards to you! It's very glad to exchange with you!

    And here are my answers to Ms. Catherine:
    1-in 2-about 3-as 4-with 5-into 6-to 7-by 8-of

    Have a nice weekend everybody!

    embo from Vietnam

  • Comment number 9.

    Hi Ms. Catherine,

    It is my first time participating in BBC Learning English exercise. I would like to attempt the homework please. Here is my answer,

    (1) in
    (2) about
    (3) as
    (4) to
    (5) with
    (6) into
    (7) by
    (8) of

    Thanks for your time sharing with us you knowledge.


  • Comment number 10.


  • Comment number 11.

    Hi catherine iam realy very happy to follow your lessons .although iam a new learnner english and i find a problem to understand all prepositions i will try to answer
    1 in
    2 about
    3 as
    4 with
    5 into
    6 to
    7 by
    8 of

  • Comment number 12.

    Hi miss cathren ^_^
    I'm new here and I'm so poor in english I hope u could help me in it
    And I hope I can have a friend from here who can help me when I need and to
    Tell me what u gave them so I can be connecting with u
    Cause some times I can't enter here

    Prepositions :

    I'm from kuwait ^.^

  • Comment number 13.

    Are use of speciific prepositions with noun/verb/adjective examples of collocation?
    Also, I find that 'guy' is increasingly being used as a common gender and 'Guys' as opposed to 'Guys and gals' is being commonly used. However, the following definition in BeeDictionary limits the meaning to a 'youth or man'


  • Comment number 14.

    Hi new commenters
    hind , lovely19pink , Rafea , embo , welcome in the best english learning website . we are friends now .
    and feel happy because you will improve your english language if you keep in touch here .

    best wishes from Kuwait

  • Comment number 15.

    since I came to know about BBC learning English I have been trying to use all my free time on this. this a golden chance for me to improve my language skills in a better and advanced level. I'm really grateful to all the BBC experts and faculties and I here by assure that i would make use of this at any cost ...by rafeeque

  • Comment number 16.

    Hi miss Cathrine,
    This is my first attempt even though, I hope good result.

  • Comment number 17.

    Hello everyone,
    I am Catherine's mum and I am enjoying reading the comments from all over the world and I am really impressed with the high standard of English. At the moment I am taking Italian lessons (I have an exam in May) so I know how much effort you have to put in to learn a language.
    Sometimes I fret when Catherine is working far away from home, but she goes to some wonderful places and now and then I go to stay with her, which is great.
    Best wishes, Jenefer

  • Comment number 18.

    Respected Catherine,
    I'm Ganesh from Pune(city),Maharshtra(state),India.
    This is the first time i've joined this community.I've been pursuing MCA(1st year) from Sinhgad College Of Science.For me this blog is a sight for sore eyes because i've been craving to learn english.I have also read above writings it made my eyes pop.Actually i want to enhance my vocabulary and grammer so would you please suggest me as my mentor what am i suppose to do? i need ur help,i'm waiting for your reply....and thanks BBC.

  • Comment number 19.

    Oh ! Thanks abdalla its my pleasure to be your friend ^_^
    And Thanks for replying my comments
    I hope I can keep in touch with friends out of the site cause some time I
    Be busy so I can't come in...

  • Comment number 20.

    Hi sir~!

    The follow is reply.
    1) in
    2) about
    3) as
    4) to
    5) for
    6) about
    7) to
    8) both

    see you later!

  • Comment number 21.

    Hello Catherine,
    Just a few lines to say thank you for all your ideas connected with that lesson plan. Very helpful! And I'd like to say a special hello to Jenefer! I think that's a first that we see a teacher's mum around here, isn't it? All the best for your Italian, Jenefer, and I hope to see you (or read your comments) again!
    Elisabeth (Austria)

  • Comment number 22.

    hi abdallah and thank you .i enjoy when i read your comments and i like your name its the name of my little brother
    Best wishes,hind from algeria

  • Comment number 23.

    Hello Catherine,
    ah, prepositions... They are my nightmare! But I tried to do the test and my answer is:
    1 - in
    2 - about
    3 - as
    4 - with
    5 - into
    6 - to
    7 - by
    8 - of
    Have a nice day,
    Tereza (Czech republic)

  • Comment number 24.

    no problem Hind , lovely19pink .
    Hind sat hi to your little brother ;)
    lovelypink if you cant not keep in touch here to know whats new , maybe it will help you that i send to your email what's new to be notified .
    and it seems this homework is different than the others before, because we have vary answers , ( hope mine is the correct )
    Jenefer nice to meet you , i want ask you hows the italian language ? is it hard ? good luck in your exam .


  • Comment number 25.

    Hi Catherine
    Nice to meet you.
    Thank you for your blog as well as your useful tips.

    My answers are:1 in, 2 about, 3 as, 4 among, 5 on, 6 to, 7 by, 8 of.

    Look forward to hearing from you soon

  • Comment number 26.

    Yes abdalla
    I will be so glad if u told me what u are getting ^_^
    My e_mail is lovely19pink@live.com

  • Comment number 27.

    Good evening abdalla ^_^
    Oh thanks friend I'll be glad if u do it

  • Comment number 28.

    Ok lovely19pink , good night
    :( Arsenal disappointed us , good luck next time
    from Chelsea fan

  • Comment number 29.

    I'm writing from Ecuador. It is the first time I visit this blog. I have found it very interesting. I'll try to visit it and participate frequently. Hello to everyone!

  • Comment number 30.

    Hello everyone from a very cold and windy Scotland. We have snow on the hills this morning.

    Thankyou to Elisabeth and to Abdallah for your best wishes for my Italian studies.
    In answer to your question Abdallah, Italian is not too difficult because I took Latin at school, on which modern Italian is based.
    But I still have to discipline myself to get down to doing my homework every week to hand in every week.
    All the best, Jenefer

  • Comment number 31.

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  • Comment number 32.

    Dear Catherine!
    Thank you for very useful exercise.Here my answer:
    Best wishes!

  • Comment number 33.

    its Meet here , basically I am really new in the blog section but have been reading bbc english site since 2008 and I would say It is the best site to explore about english and world. Apart from this I really would like to have help from someone with my ielts test and I am currently living in Australia. I would appreciate if someone can advise me especially with writing an esssay in creative way and with pleanty of comlex sentences .
    thanks , i will wait for Your reaply or blog
    take care ,


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