Where are you going?

Monday, February 28, 2011

Knowing which preposition to use can make most English learners crazy, probably because there are more than 100 of them (on, in, under, to, before, for, and so on). One central rule to remember is that a preposition is followed by a noun. It is never followed by a verb.

The basic preposition of a direction is to. (The cowboy rode his horse to Mount Rushmore). To expresses movement in the direction of a particular location, but remember these exceptions: home, downtown, uptown, inside, outside, downstairs, upstairs. We never go TO these places.

I’m going home. Stefania’s cat wants to come inside. Is Paolo going outside? Can Mattia drive me downtown?

This is a simple, little rule to help you sound like a native speaker.

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