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Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Prepositions in linking phrases - grammar lesson 9

Level: Intermediate / B1

We can use some prepositional phrases to:

        ~        give extra information or examples to support what we are saying:
for example                 in particular                in fact             

~        give a summary or a conclusion about what we have said:
in other words             in brief/short                in conclusion

~        explain or give reasons for things:
due to              thanks to          because of                  

Some prepositional phrases are connected to time:
at night                        in the morning/afternoon/evening                   in a hurry/rush
in time (= not late)      on time (= at the agreed time)                         in the meantime

Lost in the forest
Tom and Ann are on a walking holiday. Complete their conversation using the following prepositional phrases:
in a hurry        in other words             in the meantime           because of
at night            for example                 thanks to                      in fact

Tom:    I’m sorry Ann, I really don’t know where we are!
Ann:     So, in other words, we’re lost!
Tom:    Yes.                                     , I don’t think we are going to find the campsite before it gets dark.
Ann:     But there might be wild animals out here,                                      bears and wolves – I don’t want to be out in the forest                                    .
Tom:    Neither do I, so we’ll keep walking for now. But                                             , we should look for a good place to put up the tent, just in case.
Ann:     Erm, the tent?!
Tom:    Don’t tell me you forgot to bring the tent! So,                                            you, we have nowhere to sleep tonight!
Ann:     Well, I forgot it because you were                                             to leave this morning.
Tom:    Okay, don’t worry. We shouldn’t argue                                    this. We’ll survive!

Adapted from: Oxford Living Grammar. Intermediate, 2009.

Answers below!





ANSWERS!

Tom:    I’m sorry Ann, I really don’t know where we are!
Ann:     So, in other words, we’re lost!
Tom:    Yes.   in fact  , I don’t think we are going to find the campsite before it gets dark.
Ann:     But there might be wild animals out here,   for example  bears and wolves – I don’t want to be out in the forest  at night .
Tom:    Neither do I, so we’ll keep walking for now. But  in the meantime  , we should look for a good place to put up the tent, just in case.
Ann:     Erm, the tent?!
Tom:    Don’t tell me you forgot to bring the tent! So,  thanks to   you, we have nowhere to sleep tonight!
Ann:     Well, I forgot it because you were  in a hurry  to leave this morning.
Tom:    Okay, don’t worry. We shouldn’t argue  because of this. We’ll survive!

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