At vs. In – Confusing English Vocabulary

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English Grammar Prepositions A lot of students ask me about the difference between using the prepositions “in” and “at” to talk about a location. For example, what’s the difference between in the cafe and at the cafe. Well, in this YouTube English lesson, I’m going to help you get these two prepositions straight! Check it out! If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

Work Plus Prepositions – English Grammar Lesson

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English Grammar Verbs & Prepositions The verb WORK is interesting because it can be followed by several different prepositions. For today’s YouTube English lesson, I’m going to show you how to use “work at,”“work for,”“work in,”“work on,”“work with,” and “work out.” Check it out! If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!

Among vs. Between – English Preposition Lesson

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For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how to use the two prepositions, among & between. These words are similar but they are used differently. We use between when we talk about something that is located in the middle of two things, like this: George’s house is between the beach and the park. The coffee shop is between the deli and the post office. When there are more than two things, we use between when those things are clearly separable, like this: The wine glasses are between the beer glasses and the shot glasses. (We can clearly see the three types of glasses.) I think the cat is hiding between the chairs. (We can see the individual chairs.) On the other hand, when there are more than two things, we use among when those things are part of a group and we don’t look at the group members individually: Those animals live among the trees in the forest. (The forest is a group of trees and we don’t look at the trees individually.) Joe is the brightest student among his classmates. (Classmates are the group.) Think you got it? Click here to see this lesson and take a …

Using the Prepositions “By” & “With” – English Grammar Lesson

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I like to make my own pizza by hand. I make it with homemade crust and sauce. The crust is made with flour and I make the sauce with fresh tomatoes. In my neighborhood, the pizza is made by an old Italian guy who opened the pizzeria about 40 years ago. He makes all of the food there by hand, except the pasta. That is probably made in a factory by machine. For today’s free English Lesson, we are going to look at two prepositions that are often confused, by and with. Have a look at the paragraph above once more and then check the lesson. We use by to show how someone does something, or how something is done. When we use by + a noun, we don’t use “a” or “the” before the noun: This bread was made by hand. Not, …made by a hand. I found a great little café near my office by accident. Not,…by the accident. You can pay* by check or credit card. *Note that with the verb pay, we say pay by check and pay by credit card, but pay in cash. We use by to show how someone does something but we …

Feel Bad vs. Feel Bad For – English Vocabulary Lesson

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Tom said he feels bad for Jack. His girlfriend left him, and he’s feeling down about it. I’m shocked because Tom is the guy who stole Jack’s girlfriend! I can’t believe he doesn’t feel bad about that. I feel bad because I totally forgot Jack’s birthday yesterday. He’s a nice guy. I hope he feels better soon. Today, let’s have a look at the difference between feel bad and feel bad for. Do you know the difference? Look at the paragraph above once more and then check the lesson below. You can use feel bad for + [person] when you feel sad because the person has some misfortune or trouble: I feel bad for Jack because his girlfriend left him. Jenny got laid off from her job. I feel bad for her. There was a terrible storm and many people lost their homes. I fee bad for them. You can use feel bad for + VerbING when you feel sad because you’ve done something wrong: I feel bad for missing your birthday party. She said she feels bad for leaving him, but she doesn’t love him anymore. I feel bad for breaking your nice pen. I’ll buy you a new …

4 Patterns Using Go and Prepositions – English Lesson

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I went to the office this morning. Before that, I wanted to get a bagel so I went to Zucker’s Bagel Shop for a bagel. I love their bagels and I always go there for a bagel. It’s hard to get really nice bagels where I live, so I need to go to Manhattan. Some of my friends also go drinking in Manhattan. There are a lot of nice clubs and bars there. Today, let’s have a look at four different English Grammar patterns using go and different prepositions. Pattern #1. We use go to + place I went to the office this morning. Jack went to France in 2010. Jen is going to Boston for the weekend. *Remember, we don’t need to use to when the destination is places like home, there, here, etc: I went home after work. Not, I went to home after work. Pattern #2. We use go + gerund (VerbING) + in/at Place. We usually use in + city/town, etc and at + shop name. The go + gerund shows the action that happens in/at the place: I go skiing in Vermont. Not, I go skiing to Vermont. Skiing is the action that happens in …

Agree With, Agree To, Agree On – English Grammar Lesson

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Do you have a good relationship with your coworkers? If so, I’d guess that you usually agree with them when they have an idea. If you can easily agree on something in the office, it makes your working relationships stronger. Of course it’s not always pleasant. Sometimes you have to agree to do things that you don’t really want to do, or you need to agree with ideas that you don’t really share, but that sort of compromise does keep you and your team working well. Today, let’s have a look at the various prepositions that collocate with the verb agree. We use agree with + a person, idea, or situation: I usually agree with my boss. Jack agreed with my idea of revising our catalog. I don’t agree with allowing professional athletes participate in the Olympics. We use agree to + verb: I never agreed to fix Jim’s computer. He must be mistaken. We agreed to lower the commission rate for just one month for that client. Thanks for agreeing to become a member of this website! Lastly, we use agree on + an idea or situation. The grammar is agree on + noun / gerund: Can we agree on meeting again next week at the same time? I hope you can agree on the terms of this …

English Preposition Lesson – How To Use AS

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As is an adverb and used in a comparison sentence to describe something. The pattern generally is as [adjective] as: That restaurant has baked potatoes as big as a softball. That salad bowl is as old as my grandmother! The children were as quiet as a mouse reading books in the living room. In this way, it is also possible to make a negative comparison: That restaurant’s baked potatoes are not as big as this restaurant’s potatoes. That salad bowl is not as old as I had thought. The children were not as quiet as we had hoped they would be. As is also used to emphasize an amount, generally using as many as: As many as ten thousand people gathered in the park for the free concert. I think Jack has as many as five thousand books in his collection. As many as two hundred gallons of oil were spilled on the road. As is also a conjunction. As can be used to talk about something that happens at the same time as something else. In this way as has the same meaning as when: Jack slipped on the ice as he was coming to the office today. …when …

8 Different Ways To Use OF: Free English Preposition Lesson

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A lot of my students have told me that the preposition of gives them a lot of trouble. I agree that of can be tricky to use and I’ve been thinking about how we use it. For this English lesson, I am going to show you how we use of in an English sentence. Are you ready? Of is used to show the relationship between a verb or adjective that shows a mental state and its object. [Examples: aware of  – know of – sure of – think of] I think of you every day. You are the object in my thinking. We know of many good restaurants in NYC. Many good restaurants in NYC are the objects of our knowledge. Of is also used to show the relationship between verbs of change and their objects: [Examples: become of – cure of] Nothing became of the meeting we had about marketing. The meeting we had about marketing didn’t change anything. That medicine cured Rob of his cold. That medicine changed Rob’s medical condition. Of is also used to show the relationship between two things which indicates belonging or the origin: The symphonies of Beethoven are quite dramatic. The origin of …

12 Different Ways To Use IN: Free English Preposition Lesson

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The word in has a number of different uses in English. You probably know that in is a preposition, but did you also know that in also used as an adverb, an adjective, and even a noun? Today, let’s have a look at the various uses of this interesting little word. Using in as a preposition We use in when we show that something is enclosed or surrounded by something else Jack is in the office today. The office surrounds Jack. The pen is in the desk drawer. The desk drawer is the enclosure of the pen. We also use the preposition in when we talk about periods of time. Keep in mind we use at for clock time, and on for days and dates. In is used for all other time periods: We went to Rome in July. I was pretty busy in the morning, so I relaxed in the afternoon. The Beatles were quite popular in the 1960’s. In is also used to show the time between the present time, and a future event: I’ll be there in 10 minutes. I will be there 10 minutes from now. The repair work should be finished in a week. The …