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How to Learn Prepositions - Learn English Live 28 with Steve Ford

Hello! Hello! Hello here is a great lesson to help you with prepositions.....

Prepositions are every English learner's nightmare. I know that for a fact. One of the dangerous things is if you continue using the same incorrect preposition over and over again, it becomes a hard habit to break. Well, I hope my lesson today will help you to understand prepositions so that you can use the right one the next time you speak with someone in English.

Do you know the difference between: I am at the bank and I am in the bank. For many English learners, they are the same, but as you will see in my lesson they are not. When you are at the bank, you could be in front of the bank outside or you could be inside. "At", in this case is a preposition of general location while "in" means you are physically inside the bank. So be careful!

You may laugh looking at the picture above where you can see a man sitting "on" his desk, but I have seen many English learners make the mistake of saying, "I am sitting on my desk". Really you need to say, "I am sitting at my desk. Of course you can sit on your desk or maybe if you have a cat or small dog, they could sit on your desk while you sit at your desk. 

A The two mistakes with prepositions are very common among English learners. I hear these two a lot and wanted to share this tip with you. We actually say, "ask you" and "explain to you". The reason for so many people making these two mistakes is simple: English learners do use some kind of preposition in their own language when using these words. So it is a hard habit to break, but I hope my lesson will help you to understand how to use these better.



The mistake in the picture above is another common one. We do NOT need "to" after should, could, might, may, can. So you would not say: I should to go, just I should go. Because I speak other languages, I know for a fact the reason is that in many other languages you can use the infinitive "to go" immediately after "should". However, in English we must use what we call the simple or base form of the verb "go". It can become a bad habit so please do watch my lesson to have a better idea.