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Prepositions - 2
In the preceding lesson and test test, we started learning the prepositions which were different in English and in French in the same expressions. In this one, we'll concentrate on the words and expressions where the preposition is omitted in one of the two languages.
It's not easier to remember than the preceding ones, but similarly, you'll remember them better and faster if you use them regularly. Good luck, then!
I) ENGLISH? FRENCH? the preposition is omitted in one of the two languages:
- To account FOR something= to explain something
- To ask FOR something: to try to obtain by requesting
- To listen TO something: to pay attention for the purpose of hearing
- To look AT something: to turn one's eyes toward something or in some direction in order to see
- To look FOR something: to seek, to search for
- To pay FOR something: to settle (a debt, etc.) by handing over money or goods
- To remind somebody OF something: to cause (a person) to think (of someone or something)
- To wait FOR something/ somebody: to remain in a place and not do anything until something expected happens
To wait for someone
To look for clues...
NB: The symbol Ø (empty set) indicates the absence of preposition.
- To attend Ø a meeting: to be present at
- To answer Ø a question: to speak or write in response (to)
- To ask Ø somebody: to request information about
- To discuss Ø a problem: to consider or examine by argument, comment, etc. To talk over or write about, to explore solutions, to debate
- To doubt Ø something: to be uncertain about; to wonder
- To enter Ø a room: to come or go into a room
- To forgive Ø somebody: to grant pardon for (an offense); to absolve
- To lack Ø something: To be without; to have need of
- To play Ø the guitar/ the piano: To perform or be able to perform on (a musical instrument)
- To play Ø football/ tennis: to perform in a game against (someone)
- To remember Ø something/ somebody: to recall to the mind; to think of again
They're playing Ø tennis...
He's playing Ø the guitar...
II) PREPOSITIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF AN EXPRESSION:
- at the same time: nevertheless; yet
- by bicycle/ bus/ coach/ car/ train/ boat/ plane
- in the 20th century
- in the rain/ snow
- in the country
- in a loud/ quiet voice
- in the sun
- in my opinion
- on foot
- on holiday
- on duty: at one's post or work
- on a bus/ train
- on the radio/ on TV
- on fire: ignited; burning;
- on the first floor
- on the phone
- on the other side
- on the one hand... on the other hand...
III) Expressions where there's no preposition in French:
- at night
- at noon: twelve o'clock: midday
- in the morning/ afternoon/ evening
- in the end: finally
There you are! Now, you're ready and must be confident to face the test.
Go for it with the FORCE!
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