A to Z Dear Jack 20 | “Lost in Prepositions”

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Dear Jack,

I’m a college student from another country trying to improve my English, and I’m facing a challenge that’s making me feel a bit overwhelmed. I often struggle with the correct use of prepositions in sentences. It’s confusing when to use “in,” “on,” or “at.” I don’t want to sound awkward or make mistakes when speaking or writing, but I’m finding it hard to master this aspect of English. Do you have any advice or tips to help me navigate the tricky world of prepositions?


Lost in Prepositions

Dear Lost in Prepositions,

Firstly, kudos to you for tackling the intricacies of the English language! Prepositions can indeed be a tricky maze, but don’t worry—you’re not alone in this journey. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the world of prepositions:

Practice, Practice, Practice: Incorporate prepositions into your daily conversations and writing. The more you use them, the more natural they’ll become.

Pay Attention to Context: Prepositions often depend on the context of the sentence. Is something located physically, or is it more abstract? Understanding the context can guide your choice.

Learn Phrases, Not Just Words: Prepositions often pair up with certain verbs and phrases. Instead of memorizing prepositions in isolation, learn them in common phrases. For example, “depend on,” “interested in,” or “good at.”

Read and Listen: Exposure to English in different contexts—whether through reading books, articles, or listening to conversations—can help you absorb how native speakers naturally use prepositions.

Seek Feedback: Don’t be afraid to ask native speakers or your language instructor for feedback. Constructive criticism is a valuable tool for improvement.

Remember, language learning is a journey, not a destination. Celebrate your progress, and don’t hesitate to ask for help when needed. You’re doing great, and soon prepositions will become second nature to you!

Best of luck,


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