Translated by Stephen Hirtenstein.
An article on approaches to teaching the prepositions of time and place, at, in and on. However, if we examine the syntactic environments of such key prepositions systematically, patterns of usage and core meaning concepts emerge which can aid explanation and learning.
The prepositions at, in and on are often used in English to talk about places positions and times. Sometimes the choice of one over another in a particular phrase or sentence seems arbitrary.
However, if we analyse patterns of occurrence we can identify key concepts in meaning and usage which consistently apply and can be used as a platform for learning.
Prepositions of time The preposition at is used in the following descriptions of time: With clock times My last train leaves at We left at midnight. The meeting starts at two thirty.
I like to read the children a story at bedtime. In certain fixed expressions which refer to specific points in time Are you leaving at the weekend? I finish the course at the end of April.
We arrived at the same time. With months, years, seasons, and longer periods of time I was born in The pool is closed in winter. The play is set in the Middle Ages. She usually has a sleep in the afternoon. I tried to work in the evening. To describe the amount of time needed to do something They managed to finish the job in two weeks.
You can travel there and back in a day. To indicate when something will happen in the future: The preposition on is used in the following descriptions of time: She usually works on Mondays. Note that in spoken English, on is often omitted in this context, e.
With dates The interview is on 29th April. He was born on February 14th, We move house on Christmas Eve.
I have an exam on my birthday. If we examine these different aspects of usage for the three prepositions, a general pattern emerges. At is generally used in reference to specific times on the clock or points of time in the day.
In generally refers to longer periods of time, several hours or more. On is used with dates and named days of the week. I saw her standing at the bus stop. Turn right at the traffic lights.
The index is at the back of the book. Write your name at the top of each page. Shall I meet you at the station? We bought some bread at the supermarket. With addresses They live at 70, Duncombe Place.In English, comparative and superlative adjectives are used to compare two or more things.
In this guide, we’ll discuss the rules governing these comparatives and superlatives as well as a few exceptions to these rules. A superlative adjective is used to compare three or more objects, people, or places. Using the superlative form takes a comparison to the highest degree possible.
As shown in the beginning sentence example, the adjective best is a superlative adjective that compares three or more desserts. You can.
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Nov 01, · A: ·An adjective that stands in a syntactic position where it directly modifies a noun, as opposed to a predicative adjective, which stands in a predicate position but which modifies the subject of the clause. For example, in the big green house, big and green are attributive adjectives, whereas in the house is big and green, big and green.