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2. Sponsor’s Spot: Surfnetkids Printables Club
3. Weekly Topic: Prepositions
4. Note from a Printables Club Member
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. March 24, 2004
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Prepositions Printable (** for premium members only)
Other than the occasional correspondence with readers who didn’t like the sentences I ended with prepositions, I never though much about prepositions until my daughter came home with a list of fifty she needed to memorize. I thought the assignment a bit odd, but as I researched today’s topic, I realized how confusing those pesky prepositions can be. Hopefully today’s crop of sites will help both native and non-native speakers with their grammar lessons.
Coffee Talk: Never End a Sentence With a Preposition! Oh, Really?
Is it improper to end a sentence with a preposition? As a devotee of Patricia T. O’Conner’s “Woe is I” grammar guide, I believe the silly rule about not ending sentences with prepositions should rest in peace. This Coffee Talk article from Dr. Rick Walston of Columbia Evangelical Seminary, discusses where the rule originated, and quotes a handful of respected sources who agree it’s time to throw that rule out!
English Grammar Quizzes: Prepositions
Designed specifically for ESL students, English Grammar Quizzes hosts hundreds of (you guessed it) interactive quizzes. Fifteen of them are on the subject of prepositions. To find them, use your browser search function to find the word “Prepositions” on this index page. The multiple-choice quizzes vary in length from ten questions to forty-one questions. Although there are a few questions with more than one correct answer, the site is still worth visiting.
English Page: Prepositions
This page focuses entirely on phrasal verbs. “A phrasal verb is a verb plus a preposition which creates a meaning different from the original verb. EXAMPLE: I ran into my teacher at the movies last night.” Another one designed for ESL students, it has lots of examples, a dictionary of phrasal verbs, and twenty interactive quizzes. With verbs that change their meaning based on a tiny preposition, no wonder learning English as a second language is such a challenge.
#4. Note from a Printables Club Member
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#5. Related Games
Prepositions Word Search
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#6. Quote of the Week
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