How to Learn English Prepositions & Be Able to Use Them in Conversation (Watch This!)


Hello. This is Jack from tofluency.com. I
help English learners reach a high level of English. And in this video, I’m going to talk
about learning prepositions. I receive many questions about prepositions from English
learners like you. For example, “What is the difference between
for and to?” “And how should I learn prepositions?” Usually in language books and grammar courses,
prepositions are taught on one or two pages – the topic is introduced, some rules are
taught, and then you practice the various exercises that you get. However, it’s going to take a lot more than
just a couple of days or a couple of weeks learning prepositions. In fact, it’s going
to be a lifetime thing to do. It’s going to take you a long time to master prepositions
in English. That’s why you shouldn’t spend a lot of time
learning the rules. Yes, rules can help, but they’re mainly there for reference, and there
are so many different exceptions to these rules and expressions that use different types
of prepositions – and then, when you think about phrasal verbs that use prepositions
too, it can get very confusing. So, don’t rely on rules to help you learn how to use
prepositions. The key to prepositions is taking a long-term
view and getting the repetition and the context that you need so that you internalize them.
So that you internalize how to use the prepositions at the right time. To help you understand this, think about the
following two sentences: The first one is: I come from the U.K. – I come from the U.K.
The second one is: I’m going to the gym – I’m going to the gym. So, in the first example, we use the preposition
‘from’ and in the second example, we use ‘to’. I imagine that these two sentences just seem
normal to you – that the propositions seem right. And that is because these are two sentences
that are taught in the first year of learning English and also because you have seen or
said these phrases over and over again. You know how to use these prepositions correctly
– if you are an intermediate speaker – because you have seen these repeated again and again,
in these different contexts. And it’s this repetition that allows you to learn all the
different prepositions and how to use them at the right time. So, over time, and with lots of practice and
input, you’re going to get there. You’re going to going to reach a stage where you can use
prepositions correctly, without hesitating. But, I want to give you some tips to focus
on prepositions and to help you think about this long-term. Firstly, as I said before, don’t memorize
rules. There are many exceptions and expressions, and when you think about phrasal verbs, memorizing
rules is not going to help you. Secondly, get lots of input – this just means listening
to lots of things in English… watch things in English and read things in English because
you are going to see sentences repeated again and again using prepositions and that leads
onto the next point… If you are going to learn prepositions, learn
them as part of a sentence. This gives you the context and shows you how the preposition
is used in relation to other words. And finally, don’t translate word-for-word
from your own language. This is where most mistakes are made. Now, to take this further, download the free
worksheet that comes with this video. It’s going to give you a summary of what I’ve talked
about, a bonus tip that’s going to help you, and then I list the five most common mistakes
that I see made with prepositions. So, you can download that for free. If you have any
questions about this, please leave your questions below. Thank you for watching, and I’ll see
you next time.

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