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Episode 19: Prepositions

Wow, who would have known that our last winner would make a speedy exit? That means two brand new contestants will run the gauntlet of questions. This episode is all about prepositions - those little but oh-so-important words for talking about movement, place and time! How will our contestants fare? Will we have a winner this time? What is it that Will keeps muttering? Find out in this episode of the Grammar Gameshow!

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Will
Hello and welcome to today’s Grammar Gameshow! I’m your host, Will! And Will, I am! And of course, let’s not forget Leslie, our all-knowing voice in the sky.

Leslie
Hello, everyone!

Will
Tonight we’re going to ask you three questions about…

Leslie
Prepositions. Those little but oh-so-important words for talking about movement, place and time!

Will
OK! Now, let’s meet our contestants!

Sully
Hello, all. My name’s Sully.

Will
And contestant number two?

Liz
It’s nice to meet you. I’m Liz.

Will
Welcome to the Grammar Gameshow, both of you. Enjoy the experience… it could be your last.

Sully and Liz
Pardon?

Will
I said, let’s get going fast! And there’s nothing suspicious about that! Our first round is a quick-fire round. Prepositions are often used to connect sentences with a time word. I’m going to tell you a time word, and I want to know the preposition. Here goes! Four o’clock.

Liz
At four o’clock.

Leslie
Correct!

Will
2016.

Sully
In 2016.

Leslie
Correct!

Will
Friday.

Liz
On Friday.

Leslie
Correct!

Will
Night.

Sully
At night.

Leslie
Correct!

Will
Morning.

Liz
In the morning.

Leslie
Correct!

Will

Christmas.

Sully
At Christmas.

Leslie
Correct!

Will
Leslie?

Leslie
Excellent work! There are three basic prepositions of time. ‘At’ is used for times of the day, for example, at four a.m. ‘On’ is used for days, such as ‘on Sunday’, or ‘on Christmas day’. ‘In’ is used for periods, such as months, years and seasons. But be careful, some times are irregular, such as ‘at night’.

Will
There’s nothing irregular about what you do at night, Leslie. We’ve all occasionally cried in a ball on the floor… every night, right Sully?

Sully
What are you trying to say?

Will
Nothing! You just look like the type.

Sully
What?

Will
I said, make sure your answers are right! And there’s nothing suspicious about that. Liz has six points, but you only have three! On to round two, and this round is a picture round. Look at the picture and tell me where each person is. One point for every correct preposition.

Sully
He’s in the pool.

Leslie
Correct!

Liz
But he’s also at the pool.

Leslie
Also, correct!

Liz
His finger’s in his nose.

Leslie
Correct!

Sully
They’re walking on the bridge.

Leslie
Correct!

Will
Leslie?

Leslie
Good! Prepositions are used to describe the positions of things to other things. Words like ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘at’ , ‘over’ and ‘between’, among others, tell us where things are, or where they are moving to. Unfortunately, English has a lot of prepositions which need to be learned. So study hard!

Will
Well done Liz. You did best there, so you can have another four-and-a-half points. How are you doing?

Liz
To be honest, I’m just really thrilled to be here. I never thought I’d get to go onto a quiz programme!

Will
Nor did we! Especially with that face!

Liz
What?

Will
I said, no more prepositions of place! And there’s nothing suspicious about that. On to our third round. Another group of prepositions is called ‘dependent prepositions’. They are the ones which must follow a verb, noun or adjective to connect them to a sentence. Listen to these sentences and tell me why each one is wrong. She’s always been good to speaking in public.

Liz
At. Good at speaking in public.

Leslie
Correct!

Will
I take a lot of pride to working hard.

Sully
In. Pride in working hard.

Leslie
Correct!

Will
You should never rely for other people.

Liz
On. Rely on people.

Leslie
Correct!

Will
Leslie?

Leslie
Good job! Dependent prepositions are the prepositions which follow a noun, verb or adjective in order to connect it to a sentence. ‘Good at’, ‘pride in’, ‘rely on’. Be careful though, some words can have more than one preposition, and the choice may determine the meaning.

Will
And that brings us to the end of today’s Grammar Gameshow. Let’s count out the points… and the winner is… Liz with points! Well done! Here’s what you’ve won!

Leslie
It’s a thumbs up!

Will
We’ll see you again next week, where you can play for another prize. And Sully, you managed to answer quite a few questions, which surprised me because when I first saw you, I thought you were incredibly stupid!

Sully
What?

Will
I said I thought you were incredibly stupid!

Sully
Oh! Good! That’s what I thought you said.

Will
Bye-bye. Release the octopi! It looks like we’ll need another contestant. Thanks for joining us. Say goodbye Leslie.

Leslie
Au revoir, Leslie!

Will
See you next time.

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Prepositions

Prepositions are small and can be a tricky area of grammar to master. Because they are usually small, they are eacy to forget or leave out. Unfortunately, there is no formula to them and each preposition and use needs to be learned. 

Time
There are three basic prepositins of time: 'at', 'on' and 'in'.

At - 'At' is used to talk times such as: at three o'clock, at lunchtime or at Christmas.
On - 'On' is often used to talk about days, such as: on Monday, on the third of June or on Christmas Day.
In - 'In' usually refers to longer periods of time, such as: in the morning, in July or in the winter. 

Be careful! In the morning, in the afternoon, in the evening but at night!

Place
Prepositions of place are words like ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘at’ , ‘over’ and ‘between’, among others. They tell us where things are or where they are moving to. 

The clock is on the wall.
Please take the plates from the cupboard and put them in the oven.
He ran around the building and between the houses.

Dependent prepositions
Dependent prepositions are the connectors between a word and what may follow before or after it. Many nouns, verbs and adjectives have dependent prepositions. They are the connectors that help us form sentences. Examples are: 'good at', 'pride in', 'rely on'.

I'm not interested in anything you have to say.
The criminal confessed to comitting the crime.
I don't believe in ghosts.

To do

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Complete the sentence with the correct preposition.

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